With 16x +R Imation, you can easily find OPTODISC R16, which can burn as well as TY or Verbatim.
With 16x +R Memorex, you can find D0110 or D0127 coded RICOHJPN R03, which can burn quite decently.
I would generally avoid TDK altogether, just because their quality control and consistency has run completely off the tracks in recent years. Plus, unlike the above two brands, it is virtually impossible to know what you’re going to get.
SONY16D1 (-R) or SONYD21 (+R) is also good, but only if it’s MIJ or MIT. I would avoid the MIM until it’s been more time-tested.
RITEKF1 (-R) is nice and safe for giveaways, but you can usually find it much, much cheaper under Office Depot’s house brand. Paying regular sale price for it under Maxell’s brand is ridiculous.
And yes, I’m another one of those people who likes to have alternative kinds of media around for giveaways, because I don’t use my MIJs (MAXELL 002, SONY16D1), TYs, MCCs, MKMs, or OPTODISCs for anyone but myself.
Also, there are many situations in which you can find these alternative brands of media so cheap, that they are worth buying. There have been some insane deals in the past on Office Depot brand media, for example. The last deal I was able to get a bunch of 50-pack spindles for only $2.50 each by using a coupon. They code out as RITEKF1 (-R) and RITEKF16 (+R), which is more than decent for giveaway media. You can’t hardly buy fake HK media for $2.50 per 50 pieces. Those of us who know how to shop defy the usual rules about what’s appropriate or what’s reasonable to buy every freaking day. Pay attention to us and we’ll show you how it’s done.
Another example of very cheap but decent media is the Playo media that often goes on sale at Staples. Combine their no-postal mail Easy Rebates along with a coupon, and we mostly get the Playo media for free. It’s made in China but burns decently because of the use of fake MCC media codes. It has yet to show any quick degradation issues, so it’s also a great choice for giveaways, and once again, free is still way cheaper than the best sale on Verbatim. Why waste your real Verbies on someone else when you can just give them a free Playo? You see how we do it?