Buying CDs and DVDs

I’ve been asked a few times lately about purchasing DVDs and CDs.

Info/Advise:

  1. There’s no such thing as an “Audio CD” and a “Data CD.”  If it says “CD-R” it will work for either. Marketers want you to spend $5-$10 more for a box that says “Audio CD” for the same product that’s in the “Data CD” box.
  2. There is a difference between DVD+R and DVD-R, but it’s pretty small.  Some DVD players won’t play DVD+R, and some won’t play DVD-R. More play DVD-R than DVD+R, so if you’re buying DVDs for video, it’s safer to buy DVD-R.  However, DVD+Rs are cheaper, so if your DVD player works with DVD+R, it could save you about $10 per spindle.
  3. If you are having troubles playing your DVDs in your DVD player, you may need to try a higher quality DVD.
  4. Buy CDs and DVDs in bulk to save money.  Typically, you will pay less per disk when buying the 100-pack rather than buying the 10-pack.
  5. Don’t pay more than $20 for a 100-pack of CDs.
  6. Don’t pay more than $20 for a 100-pack of DVD+Rs.
  7. Don’t pay more than $35 for a 100-pack of DVD-Rs.

Buying

If you are in a time crunch, check out your local retailer.  If you’re not, check out Newegg.com, Amazon.com and TigerDirect.com.

This is what I buy:

CD-R
AmazonBasics 700MB 52x CD-R 100-pack
AmazonBasics 700MB 52x CD-R

DVD+R
AmazonBasics 4.7 GB 16x DVD+R
100-pack
AmazonBasics 4.7 GB 16x DVD+R

DVD-R
AmazonBasics 4.7 GB 16x DVD-R
100-pack
AmazonBasics 4.7 GB 16x DVD-R

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