[QUOTE=TCAS;2029303]There used to be…[/QUOTE]
That’s the key phrase, “used to be”. It just ain’t happening anymore.
Yes, you might find a 10-pack of outrageously overpriced MXL RG04 sitting in a corner somewhere. Yes, you might find a 50-pack spindle of absolutely horribly bonded MXL RG03 collecting dust somewhere. Yes, if you live in the same neighborhood as the one seen in Wes Craven’s “The People Under The Stairs”, there is a chance that a local establishment has some Fuji YUDEN000 T02s left. The point is that 99% of the retail MIJ media is gone. It’s not being produced anymore, and to deny that is delusional. No one said anything about MIJ media not being produced at all, but it’s no longer being branded for retail sale in North America. If you want it, hop on a plane to Japan and buy some That’s brand media, or trek over to Europe and grab some Verb TYs or Maxell MIJs. Otherwise, you have to look online.
With the price of gasoline hovering near $4.00 per gallon in the states, it’s ridiculous to go driving around like in the old days looking for something that you might find. If you’ve got a Staples, Sears, FYE, or other spot that still has a dusty stash of MIJ media, and you’re not too far away, then I’m happy for you, but the general situation dictates that it’s time to move on.