I’ve been asked a few times lately about purchasing DVDs and CDs.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you are having troubles playing your DVDs in your DVD player, you may need to try a higher quality DVD.
- 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.
- Don’t pay more than $20 for a 100-pack of CDs.
- Don’t pay more than $20 for a 100-pack of DVD+Rs.
- Don’t pay more than $35 for a 100-pack of DVD-Rs.
This is what I buy: