Office Max is running a special (two days only I think) for 200 (yes 200) 80 minute/700mb blank CD pack. The cost is $45.00, but comes with a $45 rebate. I use these like floppy drives to transfer files. It's especially good with the IOpener's if you don't have it networked but have some type of CD on it.
The sale lasts until Monday or Tuesday I think. I burned off a couple of music and data CD's and they seem to work fine.
There is a big difference in quality between various brands of blank cds. I bought a 100-pack of cds from CompUSA (generic type..no writable coating). They burned ok..worked ok...However, after a few months, the coating on the top-side started flaking off....this is without any rough handling. I had to redo all the important disks I burned. I now use them as throw-aways..nothing important. Keep this in mind when you burn some very important disk....Now I only use a good brand-name for the best stuff.
As part of their President's Day promotion, CompUSA was selling 25-packs of TDK CD-R media for $14.99 minus a $10.00 instant savings AND $10.00 mail-in coupon. In other words, they PAID you $5.00 to take them. Of course, the trick was to be one of the first in line, and most people went for the free memory instead.
I don't know if the people at my CompUSA are just a little more on it than other places (which is prob not saying much), but they caught the $5 back thing and reduced the instant rebate to $5, making the cost $10 - $10 rebate = free.
I went ahead and picked up a box. The top labels are nice and *seem* durable. The box claims they are rated for upto 16x burn. I only have an 8x but did not encounter any problems with the first couple of disks I made at 8x.
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