dolphinius_rex wrote:their DVD+Rs will be following the same route as soon as this sale removes their backlog of old DVD+R stock.
Does it mean that eventually all Fuji Japanese DVD+Rs will be replaced with Taiwanese in the U.S. too ?
With the current pricing of the market, it is almost a certainty. Fuji, and Maxell have both eroded their pricing so much that to sell their own Japanese media (or Taiyo Yuden's in the case of Fuji), they would be selling it below cost, and would end up on the same list as CMC, Ritek, Prodisc, Optodisc, Lead Data, Princo, and Gigastorage! (the list of manufacturers who posted net losses for 1st quarter of 2005).
Maxell however will continue to sell their Japanese media in the form of their Pro line, so it will still be available in Canada. Fuji on the other hand has chosen to move towards more consumer markets, and has degraded both the quality and pricing of their product line quite a bit (I'm talking their WHOLE product line, not just CD-Rs/DVDRs).
Remarkably, Sony has been holding more of a middle ground with respect to pricing and quality... it will be interesting to see how they continue as the market evolves!
Punch Cards -> Paper Tape -> Tape Drive -> 8" Floppy Diskette -> 5 1/4" Floppy Diskette -> 3 1/2" "Flippy" Diskette -> CD-R -> DVD±R -> BD-R
The Progression of Computer Media