Here's 3 scans from the JDPR-ZZ-SB8 Cake spindle.
This illustrates WHY I really prefer the tape wrap.
Last time I bought TY dvdr's, they weren't up to what I was used to. If anyone remembers "CD Sam" (I THINK he worked for CD Dimensions at the time, but I could be wrong on the company) he's one of the very few who didn't call me an idiot or blame it on my burner, etc. In his opinion, the problem was that TY had gotten cheap with the spacers, & the discs were bouncing around during shipment.
It's gotten worse. This spindle had NO spacers, & the discs bounced all the way from Japan to the USA, than from the wholesaler to Amazon, than from Amazon to me. 10 cents of spacers would have avoided this...........
The worst of the 3 scans is the first disc on the top, the 2nd worst was the 2nd disc from the top, & the acceptable one (though note it is a shorter burn; the first 1 got quite bad at the end) was from the middle.
Really a shame that tape wrap seem to average about $10 more per hundred. At least I can live with scan 2 & I am fine with scan 3.
I know of one current source for NOS discs. I am SO BROKE, but I may bite....... though if there was some problem with those due to the state of my finances it would really suck.