As much as I'm losing faith in Taiyo Yuden's ability to make DVD media, my faith in their CD-Rs has been nothing short of unwavering. However today something unexpected happened...
I had ordered some stock of TY CD-Rs for my office, a mix of Silver Inkjet and White Inkjet printable discs. Unfortunately, the shipping guys decided to put both in one box mixed. Now if you've never seen an unopened spindle of silver inkjet printable Taiyo Yuden beside an unopened spindle of WHITE inkjet printable Taiyo Yuden, I can tell you that with the plastic spacer on top of the media, and the cake box between your eyes and the printable surface of the top disc.... the silver can look an AWEFUL lot like the white!!
So rather then be shocked later when the customers get pissed off for getting the wrong product, I opened each spindle to personally inspect the media (being the conscientious dolphin that I am). Well, I have to say I was shocked and ticked off to see those top discs a little closer!!
I've included 3 pictures that I took of 3 different discs. Unfortunately, the scratched printable surfaces on the silver inkjet printable discs did not turn out visible on my camera's pics. But out of 6 spindles, only one did not have a screwed up disc right on top. And one of the spindles had a pin prick like hole of missing inkjet printable surface on EVERY disc in the spindle!!
It's really unfortunate though... as there is no viable alternative for Taiyo Yuden CD-Rs
But I thought I would share this experience with you!
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