At the same time you want quality, but you don't want to pay for it? In my opinion, this is a part of the whole problem.
Discs are cheap now. Personally I consider $0.70 cheap for a good disc that's reliable and holds up 4.7 GB of data. Come on, this was the price of premium CDRs just three years ago. Double this amount and it's still cheaper than a VHS 240mn cassette!!!
That's exactly why the market is flooded with crap, that's because people want cheap stuff. So what do you think the manufacturers go for? Cheap production! "Buy cheap, buy twice". It's always been, and will always be, true. You can't ask for quality and at the same time want extremely low prices. You get what you pay for. Yeah, I know, I'm writing used old sentences, but hey, some truths are never voiced enough.
If everyone would agree to pay $0.50 to $0.70 per disc, I bet most manufacturers would produce better media. Ritek for example have the technological means to produce great media. But as long as brands ask them to produce at minimum cost, they'll keep on producing crap series. What are the less unreliable Riteks? The most expensive ones: Traxdata (I'm not advising to buy these , it's just to illustrate my point).
Why do you think that the best discs available, Verbatim and Taiyo Yuden (and some more or less un-available discs, like genuine in-house manufactured Maxells, that are quite hard to find nowadays), are the most expensive? Think about it for 5 minutes. Yeah, we all know Ricoh is great and somewhat cheaper, but then guess what? Variation between batches...
About TY: "how do i trust it if it doesn't have a brand name?"
By listening to the advice of good folks here on this forum, who will tell you to buy them from a reliable source, like rima.com in the USA or SVP in Europe. There are other good alternatives, just browse the forum.
If you want a brand, the Plextor 8X are TYG02, at a lesser price (at least in Europe) than the Verbatim pastels.
If you really don't want to pay the price for premium media, well, don't expect premium media! :disagree: