Ok, I know the issue of whether ike’s printables are fake or not has
been settled, but here is some info on identifying genuine spindles of
Verbatim/Mitsubishi printable media :
The distributer I went to stocks two kinds of printable media. One type
comes with Verbatim’s brand on it, the other doesn’t and is sort of OEM.
In both cases, the discs are just plain white printables. However, there
is a paper label pasted on each spindle. The OEM version is slightly
cheaper than the branded one. Both come in spindles of 50 discs.
For the Verbatim branded version, the label says Verbatim DatalifePlus. I
found two versions at the distributer, DVD+R 8x and DVD-R 4x. The +R
version is made in Singapore and the -R version is made in Taiwan. This
is clearly stated on the label.
The OEM version is more interesting because this is the one which
carries less identifiers and so is easiest to confuse with fake MCC
media. First of all, the OEM version doesn’t have a brand on the label.
I could only find the DVD+R 8x version. It does however state that it is
made in Singapore. There is also a part number on the label which reads
DPRVX94889. I believe this is fairly important. I have a spindle of
pinky stripe MCC 003 media which is also similarly labelled with a part
no DPR2GVXWHT. Why is that significant? If you have a look at the serial
number printed on genuine Mitsubishi/Verbatim media, it always starts
with VX (at least mine do). I cannot be sure but I suspect that the VX
in the part number points to that.
So if you’re going to buy Verbatim printables, either make sure that the
spindles are labelled as Verbatim/Mitsubishi or if there is no brand,
make sure the part number is of a form similar to what I stated above
and has VX in the code.
Of course, the media in your area may be different. I’ve heard of people
talking about Verbatim/Mitsubishi media made in India and Ireland but I
have never seen that here. So there may be other identifiers, but these
should hold true for made in Singapore MCC media.