Feel free to disregard the warnings here, if you want, but I have seen evidence first hand of Ritek G05 degradation while in perfect storage after only 3 months and I am very meticulous in my data analysis. Others have as well and most of the posts I have read have come from those who know how to store media. Lastly, if storage is a problem for so many of us, as you imply, then it is very unusual that all my other media types have NO problems whatsoever while in the same storage. Multiple burners, multiple speeds, multiple media, multiple burn dates, and the only constant is Ritek.
Looks like the problem is Ritek, not us.
And for the record, the G04 that is most often having problems has some type of printable surface added. The G05 seems to have been purchased in the very early Spring of this year, and I have not yet seen any reports of deteriorating R03 nor have I seen any of my own R03 go downhill. If any of you have, a before and after scan would be helpful. I did this with my G05 in a prior post and the increase in errors was very clear.