Hmm Well I didn’t BUY princo… i bought Office Max because I heard they were Moser Baer. But what I got was Princo. I did search for princo but the only threads i found were talking about that they were a “reputable company” but didn’t see much in the first few results about their quality.
Anyway… Let me clear up some confusion on my part too… Are “Ridata” and “Ritek” the same company? The reason I ask is because I once bought 4x Arita Ridata one time. Anyway, these are the discs I bought:http://www.supermediastore.com/ritek-ridata-8x-dvd-r-retail-10off-mir-500pk.html … I’ve had no problems with Ritek Ridata 8x as long as I burn them at 8x. My friend said he had problems with his 8x Ridata because his burner kept trying to burn them at 12x. But once he forced 8x they were fine.
TY does have the white printable, but A) they cost more and B) I apply labels to my media afterwards (with the label applicator thing) so it would make the discs super thick if they had dual labels on them. I used to print right on the label (I got Epson R200) but that was too slow and too tedious.
As far as quality, I don’t know that they’ve sunk that far in quality under TY. But I’m no pro. I will say that I buy about 1000 dvd-r’s per week from supermediastore (for my business) and 2 weeks ago I bought 1000 TY’s 8x shiny silver and had 8 coasters. Last week I bought 1000 Ritek Ridata’s and had only 3 coasters. While that is pretty moot, I haven’t seen any reason to swear off Ridata just yet.
Verbatim is nice too and I would have bought them but my Office max has no idea on how to run a store. Every single week the DVD-R brand that is on sale runs out of stock by wednesday or Thursday, and the monkeys that work there have nothing to offer by means of a rain check or anything. This happens every week the same way, yet they still havent figured out how to buy larger orders.