There should (IIRC) be something with pics of the cakebox/spindle that TYs come in in this thread from our blank media forum (the spindle has quite a distinctive shape).
Also, TY Verbatims will say on the side of the spindle “Made in Japan” (this holds true for both the Verbatim/TY CDRs and DVD Rs).
Bill Gates with a TY disc in his mouth - LOL! A pic of that would go down really well on here
Hehe, I don’t know half of what I’d like to…but I learned what bit I do know just from hanging around here (mainly in the Blank Media forum, there’s some amazing media knowledge in there )
EDIT: Yep, fingers crossed they’ll deliver to you! As for the Made in India super AZO ones…well let’s just say I’d stick to Taiyo Yuden if you want the best
Oh, and the Pastel ones = ditto, should say MIJ. Second good disc type for me would be Sony. I’m sure others will disagree there heh. (and yet another edit: sony would be my second best CDR type. Best DVD R media IMO is Verbatim, hands down)