[QUOTE=RJL65;2511112]Based on my testing with two SATA burners in my possession, I would have to say that these “Life Series” Verbatim-branded DVD+/-R discs (at least the two packages that I tested) are some of the better CMC-made CMC-coded media that I’ve come across given CMC’s inconsistent quality control. These discs are of a distinctly higher grade than the Memowrecks, ahem, Memorex-branded discs from the same factory with the same MIDs - in fact, I’d put these particular discs right up there with HP-branded CMCs.
In other words, the Life Series contains “premium”-grade CMCs while the Value Series contains B-grade CMCs which are also generally used by Memowrecks.[/QUOTE]
In other words… the RETAIL will sell NOTHING BUT CRAP cheaper media for a HIGHER PRICE! Talk about getting SCREWED at retail! This ranks right up there… with junk cd-rs which got to retail around 2003-2004… they were absolute landfill (microcenter generic branded cd-r 52x media)!
No doubt the prices will typically be around $25 for 100 packs by the end of the year & that will be a GOOD price… because they’ll normally end up ranging in the $30-$60 price range for 100-- Not the $17-$28 we’ve been used to seeing. Welcome to B&M inflation, 2010! The sad fact is, once the B&Ms raise their price… you will find only SLIGHTLY better deals online which means expect price hikes there too becuase typically they move parallel in price hikes although they’ll be cheaper just to keep their market share consistent.
BTW, if Verbatim is getting out of the HQ line-- then I assume they’ll cede that market to high grade makers such as Taiyo Yuden. I’ve been very loyal to Verbatim media but if AZO goes so might my loyalty.