Hmmm...this would explain a thing or two. I mentioned a few posts back about getting poor scans with some 8x-R Verbs (MCC02RG20) that I have. I bought 2 50-count spindles (100 pack bundle) of this from Supermediastore.com a few months ago. It is no longer offered by Supermediastore, but I found the exact same thing at the following website:
I assumed that the two spindles were the same since they were wrapped together in plastic. It appears they are not. I've only opened one and have done some scans just using that spindle. Now, after carefully comparing the packaging, I notice some significant differences between the two. First, the lip on the opened spindle is higher than the other. The words "LOCK" and "OPEN" stamped on the top of the opened spindle are more raised than the other. Also, the double arrow between the two words is much longer on the opened spindle. The font is also more sharply defined on the opened spindle. Both appear to have a foam spacer on top. Neither had an insert on top, but they weren't depicted as having any type of label in the ad. The recycling diagram on the opened spindle faces OUT from the center of the spindle...the unopened spindle has the diagram facing IN toward the center. Lastly, the design printed on the DVD is different between the 2 spindles. The unopened spindle has the same design as in the ad (note the 'S' shape line between the words "DVD-R" and "Verbatim", the line bisecting the DVD, and the three thin lines on the bottom half of the DVD. These don't appear on the opened spindle of DVDs. See the picture at the bottom of this post for what the DVDs in the opened spindle look like. Now for the kicker: the code stamped on the hub is 4189E1011-04744C13...which SHOULD qualify these discs as being Prodisc, but I am now thinking that they are not. So what does this all mean?? I have no idea, but it shouldn't be this hard to shop for quality DVD media...