cfitz wrote:I assume those would be the equivalent of the Mitsui Silver media to which I referred - Ag reflective layer, phthalocyanine dye.
Yes on Mitsui website and on CD-R boxes these media are called "Golden Dye" media but specifications data written on Mitsui website and on CD-R boxes shows it is Silver media ( silver reflective layer ) .
cfitz wrote:I'm not entirely sure why Mitsui is so expensive here (relatively speaking as you note). I can understand why the Mitsui Gold (with a real Au reflective layer) would be somewhat more expensive, but the Mitsui Silver is more of a mystery. It uses the same basic materials as CMC and Ritek. Perhaps the reason is that Mitsui's small market share prevents them from achieving economies of scale. And maybe they do take more care to monitor and tune their process and quality control. But that hasn't shown up in my tests of initial burn quality.
I don't know really either . I am not sure that Mitsui has a so small market share which could prevent them from making mass production to lower their costs per unit produced . I think that production process and quality control is better as you already said . I had burned some ( 15 ) and i have not noticed any issues whereas i had one issue with a box of low quality phthalocyanine media ( Traxdata CD-R produced by Computer Italy Science , perhaps in an Italian plant ) . But i trust your tests showing Taiyo Yuden burning better for a lower price .
cfitz wrote:That could explain some the differences in relative price. A large tax applied uniformly to all products will tend to diminish the effects of different production and sales costs between the various manufacturers.
Yes . Also antidumping taxes are aimed to push some manufacturers ( Ritek for example ) to sell their CD-R at higher prices . I am not completely sure but it seems to me that some CD-R ( few in all cases ) are produced in U.E .
cfitz wrote:This is off topic, will make me (more) unpopular, and if further discussion is desired we should take it to the Beer Garden, but I feel that higher gas taxes, phased in gradually, would be a good thing in the U.S. to discourage people from their wasteful, SUV gas-guzzling ways and to wean our dependence on oil that has caused so much suffering throughout the world over the years.
I tend to agree with you . Too low prices for unrenewables natural ressources are not a good thing ( it does not apply only to Petrol ) . It has always been stunning for me that such a country like U.S with a lot of natural ressources was obliged to import a lot of minerals and petrol from other countries because of his citizens way of life .
Some countrie like France ( but it seems to me that Spain and Italy are also concerned ) were too far in creating/increasing indirect taxes but obviously U.S lacks indirect taxes .
Also i understand what you mean when you say "that your dependance on oil has caused so much suffering .... years " . I'll not comment U.S actual policy here in detail ( perhaps in private or in "Rant and Raves forum like you suggested " ) . I can only say that foreign/french citizens ( myself not excluded ) anger against actual U.S policy increases . I understand very well that U.S policy is not necessarily approved by his citizens ( i don't know very well americans citizens ways of thinking thought ) ..