What about your many claims that media rarely, if ever, 'goes bad'? Actually, with only a few exceptions, even most of the extremely cheap media I've used has held up well over time if stored decently. There are some exceptions though, Ritek G05 being a common one.
Regarding 'cheaper' media and what works well, depending on your burner and the specific media code, you can get great results with MBI, CMC, Prodisc, Daxon, and others. They aren't 'universally' going to give you great results, but there are many combinations that work very well together. Not even TY or MCC is going to work well universally, there's no such media and never will be, although they will work better in a wider variety of burners.