Dean, TMC, everyone - this is SUCH a depressing tale - the untrustworthiness of brands, batches, etc. We all understand the economics of pillaging the masses as quickly as possible for the most profits, but in the end, it only degrades confidence and buyers turn away from spending any money. Over and over, this is the end-result in marketplaces.
Reading that Falcon too is outsourcing and presenting questionable product lines only adds to that. They gain - what? - one or two more years of so-called profitability by selling out to the lowest-common denonminator? Then what? Finito! Kaput! "Just another name-brand like any other..." One in the thousands, no longer distinguishable, all the for the sake of a quick-turned buck instead of long-term fortune.
The concept of storing more data on a single tres expensive disk then approaches folly. "Why bother? Just archive it on several cheaper DVD blanks! Risk a smaller data-loss due to poor materials, rather than a larger loss-risk!"
And, God bless 'em - they see their Optical Blanks future in limited terms, too. All I can say is, "Well, yes, when consumer confidence in your products erodes because of marketing choices, that will only give the next-technology a greater and quicker chance of acceptance."