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post #151 of 2957
I've got a crystal ball...and it hurts like hell on cold days.

I don't think Wal-Mart should have to price match for any other reason than if they want to. Just because they can buy in bulk doesn't mean a thing, and they don't have to beat anyone's price, though 90% of the time they do anyway.
post #152 of 2957
Of course they don't have to Price Match "Because Greed Is Good"

Playo DVD-R Update: So far the next 12 have all recorded with no problems &
I just thought I would add that the Staples I went to had Playo DVD-R & DVD+Rs all over the place & no shortage of any kind.

So maybe I'll go back Saturday & grab some more at $1.94 for 50 (With $3.00 off for the ink cartridges).

The Sony's I got were 16x from Japan which I din't even notice at the time & I was affraid that they might not work but my Sammy is burnning them ok so maybe my Sammy does have new recent Firmware in it because it was a refurb?
post #153 of 2957
Woo Hoo! A new week is here already. I'll give 100:1 odds that the junk Memorex media are "on sale" somewhere this week again! What a shock.
post #154 of 2957
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Originally Posted by spyder696969 View Post

Woo Hoo! A new week is here already. I'll give 100:1 odds that the junk Memorex media are "on sale" somewhere this week again! What a shock.

Wow, so you do have a crystal ball after all! I will only try Memorex if it is at Playo prices.

I haven't gotten a Sunday paper yet, I'll write up the deals after I go through it.
post #155 of 2957
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Starting Sunday February 26:

All +R/-R unless otherwise indicated:

* 20pk Verbatim +R DL $40 @ BestBuy
* 25pk Verbatim $8 @ Best Buy
* 50pk Maxell $15 @ Staples ($12 with recycled ink)
* 50pk OfficeMax brand $14
* 15pk Memorex +R DL @ OfficeMax $30
* 25pk Philips @ Circuit $7 (I do not recommend the +R of this for Panasonic ES20)


* 200 jewel cases for $25 (two for one in 100pks) @ Office Max. Is this a good deal? Can I find jewel cases for less than 10c per?

Anyone know of DVD-RAM sales? :-)
post #156 of 2957
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Originally Posted by ncaahoops View Post

* 200 jewel cases for $25 (two for one in 100pks) @ Office Max. Is this a good deal? Can I find jewel cases for less than 10c per?

That is a pretty good deal. I usually get mine at Sam's for ~$12 per 100.
post #157 of 2957
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Originally Posted by VideoRoy View Post

That is a pretty good deal. I usually get mine at Sam's for ~$12 per 100.

Thanks! I got two 100pks today. They almost sold out!

Office Max had some in-store clearance specials, right as you walk in the store:
* 25pk Imation +R $8
* 50pk Imation +R $15


They also had a storewide clearance event flyer that listed a 100pk 4x -R spindle clearance no-name-on-the-box for $10 (I did not see them in store, but did not look for them either)
post #158 of 2957
BJs has Fuji (made in Taiwan) 50pk for $19.99 minus a $10 in-store coupon.
post #159 of 2957
Just went through the first 50 Pack of Playo's & 16 failed to either Read, Write or Finalize.

So for only $1.94 for 50 I'm not going to return the other packs that I have.
post #160 of 2957
I have be purchasing Verbatim 8x DVD-Rs from Sam's for either $15 per 50pk or $29 per 100pk and they have been the best disc's I have ever burned. Great error rate scans and will play in anything. Sadly it looks like they have finally sold out and are moving to 16x.

Yesterday I opened a new 50pk and the quality went way down. Still well within spec but not what I am used to. Tried discs from all through the stack but not up to my standards for my archive project.

I just opend a 2nd 50pk and they burned and scanned near perfect. Better than the first 150 I used.

Lesson learned, always verify some of any new pack of discs and do not burn blindly. Every disc maker loses the recipe once in a while. I am sure the suspect 50pk will work fine but just not for this particular project.
post #161 of 2957
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Originally Posted by rundugrun View Post

BJs has Fuji (made in Taiwan) 50pk for $19.99 minus a $10 in-store coupon.

Damn. Why can't they be MiJ?
post #162 of 2957
The last couple of days (not sure how long it runs though) Costco had 100 pk TDK 16x +Rs for $42 with a $20 instant rebate so $22 paid at register. Unfortunately the -Rs did not have the same instant discount.
post #163 of 2957
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Originally Posted by Moebius View Post

The last couple of days (not sure how long it runs though) Costco had 100 pk TDK 16x +Rs for $42 with a $20 instant rebate so $22 paid at register. Unfortunately the -Rs did not have the same instant discount.

Wow great price. Unfortunately I over bought on the -R TDKs from CompUSA. My Pio 633 seems to really like these.

How do you find out about the current deals at Costco? The website is useless so unless I head down there I never find out. Of course the the media deals scouts here are on top of it and I do appreciate at that
post #164 of 2957
Can anyone who picked up the Costco ones check the MID? Are they CMC MAG or TDK?
post #165 of 2957
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Originally Posted by epsilon View Post

Can anyone who picked up the Costco ones check the MID? Are they CMC MAG or TDK?

I believe it was listed earlier in this thread. I remember because the -Rs were the same as my TDK 16x, TTH02. I believe the Costco versions have the white printable top which I personally do not care for.

Not sure about +Rs.
post #166 of 2957
The +Rs are the ones I'm asking about, since they're the ones on sale. The -Rs are always TTH02.
post #167 of 2957
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Originally Posted by epsilon View Post

The +Rs are the ones I'm asking about, since they're the ones on sale. The -Rs are always TTH02.

Sorry wrong fourm. Look here about half way down.

CDRlabs

I was looking here when researching the -Rs. They say TDK003 for +R.
post #168 of 2957
Thanks. Despite the one guy's bad experience with the TDK003, I may give them a spin, if I get to Costco before the sale is off. He's also had bad burns with TTH02, although I've had decent scans with them (BenQ 1655 BCDB, burned at 12x).
post #169 of 2957
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Originally Posted by epsilon View Post

Thanks. Despite the one guy's bad experience with the TDK003, I may give them a spin, if I get to Costco before the sale is off. He's also had bad burns with TTH02, although I've had decent scans with them (BenQ 1655 BCDB, burned at 12x).

My PC burners are OK with the TTH02 but the Pio 633 has been better. One really strange behavior of the TTH02 in my Plextor drive is extremely slow verification (2x ) but burn seems to burn at rated speed. I am about half through my first 50 pk.

You might want to check Videohelp.com for other experiences with the TDK003. They have a pretty good database and user reviews.
post #170 of 2957
My XS34 is arriving today and I'll see how well it burns. At this point I need to start looking for some decent 8x -Rs, since I read that people haven't had good results with 16x media.
post #171 of 2957
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Originally Posted by VideoRoy View Post

Yesterday I opened a new 50pk and the quality went way down. Still well within spec but not what I am used to. Tried discs from all through the stack but not up to my standards for my archive project.

I just opend a 2nd 50pk and they burned and scanned near perfect. Better than the first 150 I used.

Were those two 50pks bought from the same store/same day? So we not only have disc-by-disc variability (is that a word?), but also spindle-by-spindle?
post #172 of 2957
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Originally Posted by ncaahoops View Post

Were those two 50pks bought from the same store/same day? So we not only have disc-by-disc variability (is that a word?), but also spindle-by-spindle?

Unfortunately I am not complete sure since I am not running a good FIFO system I bought 2 different batches of 3 - 50pks and they have been mixed up. Based on this experience though I will maybe mark the date purchased etc. next time. So for now I need to open all packs and burn a sample.

I did look for lot numbers, etc. last night but could not find anything obvious other than all (good and not as good) have 2004 printed on the label.

If anyone knows how to identify lot number or manufactuer date I will check.
post #173 of 2957
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Originally Posted by VideoRoy View Post

Unfortunately I am not complete sure since I am not running a good FIFO system I bought 2 different batches of 3 - 50pks and they have been mixed up. Based on this experience though I will maybe mark the date purchased etc. next time. So for now I need to open all packs and burn a sample.

I did look for lot numbers, etc. last night but could not find anything obvious other than all (good and not as good) have 2004 printed on the label.

If anyone knows how to identify lot number or manufactuer date I will check.

Interesting! I'll keep an eye on my different spindles as well to see if I see variation between different sets.
post #174 of 2957
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If anyone knows how to identify lot number or manufactuer date I will check.

You may want to keep track of the sets of numbers on the inner ring. This is also a way to tell fake MIDs, although I don't recall exactly how -- take a look at the dcfreaks forums.
post #175 of 2957
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Originally Posted by VideoRoy View Post

Wow great price. Unfortunately I over bought on the -R TDKs from CompUSA. My Pio 633 seems to really like these.

How do you find out about the current deals at Costco? The website is useless so unless I head down there I never find out. Of course the the media deals scouts here are on top of it and I do appreciate at that

Basically, for things like media, seems about the only way you find out is going in. You're right, the site is usually useless in that regard.

And to the other question, I didn't check the MID, but they are the white printable ones if that answers the question.
post #176 of 2957
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Originally Posted by ncaahoops View Post

Interesting! I'll keep an eye on my different spindles as well to see if I see variation between different sets.

I stopped by SAM's at Noon and returned my suspect 50pk they happen to find a few more 100pks in the back room or something so I up one.

If you know how to post images here I would be happy to show the difference between the scans this evening. I admitt I may be slightly retentive in this particular case but this is my "special" project.

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Originally Posted by epsilon View Post

You may want to keep track of the sets of numbers on the inner ring. This is also a way to tell fake MIDs, although I don't recall exactly how -- take a look at the dcfreaks forums.

I have seen those numbers but never did anything with them except once when Sony had a +RW recall. I will research some tonight. I will see if there is a pattern since I keep my burned discs from the suspect batch.

It would be good to figure out a way to track this with any media.
post #177 of 2957
If you are interested here are the 2 different scan results.

Media Differences
post #178 of 2957
Thread Starter 
More specials this week:
* 50pk TDK $15 @ CircuitCity.com (when you put it in the shopping cart)
* 15pk Philips 4x -R $4 at Circuit City
* 100pk Nexxtech 8x +R $22 @ CircuitCity.com (Outlet)

And now some special DVDs, of the ...VHS variety:
* 3pk Maxell VHS tapes blue T-120 Standard Grade, just 77c after $3 online/mail-in rebate @ Rite Aid (Rite Aid rebates can be easily submitted online - no mailing/upc-cutting). I know you all have stacks and stacks of VCRs and VHS tapes. Admit it!!! 26c per VHS tape is not bad :-)
post #179 of 2957
I just got my DVD recorder at Christmas, and have burned about 250. Here's my experience so far.

The first 100 were Maxell 4x -R (MIJ), and I had zero failures.

The next 150 have been TY 4x -R from supermediastore. Had 1 failure from the first package of 100. Three more to date (two yesterday) from the next pack, of which I've used about 50.
post #180 of 2957
>I just got my DVD recorder at Christmas, and have burned about 250. Here's >my experience so far.

Wow. that's quite a few in such a short period of time.
Did you get a standalone DVD recorder ( if so what make and model) or a dvd burner? If you got a burner can you tell me what the media codes are for the MX and TY? Did you scan them for errors, if so how did they check out?

>The first 100 were Maxell 4x -R (MIJ), and I had zero failures.

Where did you get these? And did they say MIJ on the package? The only ones I have seen around town say made in Taiwan on the package? Including the spindle of 50 at Staples for $15... Tomorrow is the last day of their sale. Has anyone bought any, if so what is the media code and how do they check out?


>The next 150 have been TY 4x -R from supermediastore. Had 1 failure from the >first package of 100. Three more to date (two yesterday) from the next pack, of >which I've used about 50.

When you said failure can you describe how they failed? Skipped, froze, wouldn't finalize? And on the inner hub of the discs is there a GG or GD imprinted on them?

thanks
Brian
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