About a week ago I was in a Radio Shack shopping and noted they had new blank Gigaware DVDs for sale at $12 for 25. Not a jaw-dropping sale, but they were made in Taiwan and came to the US via Mexico apparently... I needed some, so I bought them. My first DVDR is a Pioneer 531H and lately it has rejected Sonys and then Maxells, so I thought, what the heck, I'll try one of these Gigaware DVDRs. The worst that can happen is it won't finalize and I'll revert to plan B later, which is use my ancient (2001?) Dazzle Digital Creator device to turn important content into MPGs, and my computer's external/stand alone (HP-ugh!) DVD burner to burn those to CD.
BUT! the Pioneer *didn't* reject the new DVD brand and burned okay to the finish (who knows if the finalized DVD will remain okay, but I got stuff off the DVDR hard drive and can continue to use it for mostly day-to-day junk recording
I went back to a different Radio Shack (aka lately "The Shack) on Sunday (Sept 6) for something else and noted they had the very same spindles of 25 on sale for I think it was $4.95. The only had on -R, which I bought, and a lot of +R (which I may try if the machine eventually rejects the -R). I think I'll keep my eye on this brand... wish they didn't have so much of the label side taken up by advertising though.