thanks for the info OC-Freak. I was afraid of that. Although the media from my other spindles of -R media haven't displayed any dye defects(yet), the quality of the scans left something to be desired. All of them had sudden increases in PIE's towards the edges. Maybe it's my burner (Benq), but my feelings towards Verb media (+ and -) aren't very positive. On the other hand, within one wk of Verbatim receiving my defective spindle, I had a brand new 100pk spindle of - media delivered to me. So, at least their customer service is excellent.
I'll have to check the serial numbers on these dvd's. They came in the same type of spindle, but without a label covering the top dvd. Don't know if this means anything.
Until Verbatim shows me some consistency in their source and quality of media, I'm only going to feed my burners TY media.