Yeah, I guess 1200 in one shot seems like a lot of blank discs for one person.
There's a method to my madness, though: I will
need these discs after the summer passes. I'm still way behind in my VHS tape dubbing project, and easily have at least 1200 more to go. Once the air conditioners go off in my neighborhood, it will be safe again to plug in a half dozen VCRs and DVD/HDD recorders and run them around the clock.
Another point worth considering is the increasing number of underground murmurs that TY is leaning towards dropping its 8x media soon: while I'm skeptical of these rumors, there's no denying 8x is a small niche market with no future in retail or OEM. TY is not a charity, if they need to increase cash flow by diversifying more into 16x production then the 8x might be a casualty.
Since I already have 700 TY and 300 Verbatim blank 8x discs in my basement, this new shipment will bring the total reserve supply to 2200
. But I figure I'll need at least 1500 to finish the VHS transfers, and the remaining discs will slowly get used up in day-to-day archiving off cable. I used to worry about blank media "aging" in storage, but it doesn't seem to be an issue (especially since they sit in their original crates in a dark cool basement). Some of my "old stock" TYs are nearly 15 months in storage, and burn perfectly fine. And I've got some cheap CD-R blanks dating back to 2002 that sit exposed in their spindle near a sunny window: these (amazingly) still burn OK when I use them for casual backups!