greg42, I don't think it's quite so serious. For FS to sell them at $20 per 100, you can pretty much guess they know they're not the highest quality. If you look at their web site
you can see those discs got a customer rating of 2.58 out of 5, which indicates satisfaction is fairly low (and FS never shows negative customer reviews), but for $20 your expectations should be low. And as Two Degrees points out, there's nothing counterfeit about it. Some smaller media companies "borrow" the codes from bigger media companies simply because the drive firmware writers won't code a writing strategy for the lesser known dyes. And unless there's a strategy in firmware, the drive probably wouldn't even attempt a burn, so what's the smaller company to do?
And as for longetivity, who can say? The German c't magazine did their own stress (heat and light) tests on media, and Taiyo Yuden didn't win. I've done my own tests on bonding, and the TY T02's came apart with a light poke from a dull screwdriver, whereas my Daxon-made BenQ media wouldn't separate unless unless I jammed a scalpel blade in there and reefed on it.
All that said, though, I still buy TY and Verbatim, myself... :bigsmile:
Oh ... and I hate FS as much as anybody. But what I think is more dishonest is buying from a company that actually makes media dyes - like Maxell - and getting Ritek G05. Or a "Plextor" drive that was actually manufactured by TEAC (cough Plextor 750 cough)