After a burning binge over the holidays, (my brother wanted a lot of his videos transferred to dvds), I ran out of my day to day disks, which are Verbatim MCC-004. Down to my precious Yuden000T02's, I decided to go buy a few more Verbatims at the local stores. Fat chance.
Best Buy only had the "Life Series" Verbatims, for what I considered an inflated price. Interestingly, they had MovieReel 8x -R's as well, but at very nearly $1 apiece, I somehow had little interest in them.
None of the other stores in my area have Verbatim. None of them carry JVC TY disks of any sort.
Its come down to Sony (of unknown provenance), Memocrap, err I mean Memorex, HP, TDK, Philips and a few store brands. The shelf space used for dvds in the stores is down to a tenth of what it once was. The demand for them is dropping like a stone.
So on to my question. Is there a type of disk easily available in stores that is worthy of being recommended? I still deal with people asking for recommendations all the time on media, but the two types I prefer seem to be gone from the local stores. Have we come to the point that only online sources can provide high quality disks, or are there some amongst the brands I avoid that might be worthy of consideration? Personally, I'll just order TY online and not worry too much about it, but we could use a breakdown of who makes the current disks for the various brands and a general rule of thumb on how dependable they are.