I bought mine from eDaZZ.com in California. pricewatch.com is where I check for everything. I got the retail version in a factory box with software. No blank media in the box. You can see it all on newegg's site if you click on their add for the LG4163 retail version. It is $77.99 + $4.00 shipping.
It was$77 + $5.00 shipping by DHL. I got it in under 24 hours. It went out on Wednesday a little before 4 P.M. It showed up at my door near Seattle at 3:23 P.M. Thursday.
The software is Cyberlink and Nero 6.3 something. I haven't installed the new Nero yet. I currently have 5.5. I will install the new Nero tomorrow after I remove the old one.
I was going to buy from from newegg.com, but they were out for a few days and now have them in. I prefer to buy from them when I can.
I have been using the RAM and RW discs I bought prior to getting the drive to back up my files from the hard drive.
I bought 600 8X + R ( FujiFilm ) Ty T02 at Best Buy about 2 weeks ago for $40.00 per 100 stack ( they are now $80.00 ). They say made in Japan on the silver top.
I haven't burned any yet, though.
The OEM version is just a bare drive. For a few dollars more, you get some upgradeable software.
I researched drives for several months, waiting for some of the new stuff to come out. I wanted RAM.
I also read the Korean guy's ( Kenny ) many posts.