Okay, after my lovely experience with 3 spotty spindles of Fuji (TYGO2) DVD-R, I decide to give the Maxell special at Office Depot a shot ($5 for a pack of 15 DVD-R). My closest store is out of them but they tell me that another store that is about 3-4 miles away from them has about 40 packs of these things. So today I take about a 10 mile journey out to get in on this great deal. I bought 6 packs. 3 for me and 3 for my girl. Anyways, I get home and open up the first spindle, and I'll be damned if the outer edge of the dye wasn't spotted. It wasn't nearly as bad as the Fujis, but it was still there. So I go down to the next disc and it is even fainter than the first but still there. I go down to the third disc and some arsehole's grubby fingerprints are on the fooking disc. Keep in mind these are brand new factory sealed packs and I ALWAYS am careful to handle discs right from the very edge, to avoid getting fingerprints on them. This means that these discs came this way from the factory, storage, ect. Anyways, the discs turn out okay about half-way through the spindle and the two other packs I have opened so far seem to be mint. Unless I run into this with the other 3 I will probably just keep them since the wasted gas would more than negate a trip back out there to do an exchange. Either way, my days of buying store DVD Media are DONE. I can't keep going from special to special, hoping that the media is MIJ and that the company hasn't been shoddy with it's handling practices. Thank heavens I ordered that 50 pack from rima. BTW I can't remember the exact media code by they are 4x DVD-R Maxells and they are a Maxell dye (MXL02 or something). Either way, I keep getting burned by trying to buy media locally. I will try and get some pics up for you guys so you can see what I am talking about.