[QUOTE=camellote;1936097]I bought those MIJ Maxell Photo CD-r pro at OfficeDepot on sale a month ago or so. With the OfficeMax coupon I ended paying $12 for 2 25-packs. (hey Negritud is a great teacher!)[/QUOTE]
Yes, every once in awhile, Office Depot will have the 25-pack of Maxell CD-R Pro (or CD-R Photo as they now call them) on sale for $9.99. These are usually Taiyo Yuden CD-Rs with hardcoat anti-scratch protection, so they are about as good as it gets in the consumer market. The $9.99 price is about the same as Walmart’s everyday price. However, the advantage of buying them at Office Depot is that you can often use a coupon to make it a much better deal. Note that, the use of a competitor coupon at Office Depot is YMMV. That means that not every store will accept them, but you have nothing to lose so go in and try it anyway.
For regular Taiyo Yuden CD-Rs, the best deal is always at K-Mart, where they periodically put the 50-pack of Fuji brand CD-Rs on sale for only $7. Fuji CD-Rs that are Made in Japan are always Taiyo Yuden, and many K-Marts restock with lots of MIJ media just before they have a big sale. I’m expecting another sale to be coming up pretty soon.
Lastly, the other place to find a good deal on TYs is at FYE (For Your Entertainment). They often have “2 for 1” or “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” sales on the 50-pack of Fuji CD-Rs, and you can sometimes find MIJ spindles there. A spindle is usually $15 at FYE, so with the sale, it comes out to $7.50 per spindle.
If you like Ritek CD-Rs, the best deal on those is always at Office Depot. Office Depot brand CD-Rs are mostly Ritek, and it’s easy to spot Maxell CD-Rs that are Ritek by simply looking at the part number on the spindle. Office Depot has periodic sales on both brands of CD-Rs that often turn out to be ridiculously low, sometimes aided by a coupon. The last time, if I remember correctly, many people got the 100-pack of Maxell CD-Rs for only $6 a spindle (that doesn’t include the price mistake where some people got them for free; I’m only counting the legitimate price). That wasn’t just a one-time thing, but the kind of opportunity that pops up again and again.
The key to buying CD-Rs is to wait for the right sale as I’ve outlined above, and then stock up. It’s the same with dual-layer media. Don’t just buy one spindle and then end up running out and having to pay too much. Unlike single-layer DVDs, the really good sales on CD-Rs and DL DVDs are fewer and far between.