From: Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Well, there is no way of knowing if the company has purchased 'B' stock from Ritek (or elsewhere), is is not passing that information onto the customer. But generally speaking, *ALL* the media I use myself is unbranded media. However I do use a lot of branded media for my reviews. Generally speaking there are few differences between them, but I also know exactly where my media is coming from, and few consumers can say the same.
As for the CD levy and how it works, I have to work directly with the CPCC themselves 5 days a week (because of the company I work for), and I know that they will persue legal action against any person not remitting the levy properly. Now if your compter store is selling the media without the levy, they still need to remit it to the CPCC, which basically means they will take a loss on every CD sale (not likely to happen!). The only way the store is safe, is if they are re-selling products that they purchased locally in Canada... in which case they will be audited to confirm that, and then the CPCC will go after their supplier. The CPCC is VERY interested in these cases, because it allows them to maintain *high* operating costs, and keep their staff very well paid. Remember, that as a "non profit" organization, the CPCC can only pay themselves "reasonable" operating costs, so the more "work" they do, the more they can pay themselves...ever wonder why no artist has received money from the levy? Maybe there isn't any left [:I] ....but I digress.
At that price, the Ritek's are worth the risk in my opinion. Since Ritek CD-Rs land at about $0.26 canadian, it is not unreasonable to assume that the store is making $0.10 per disc profit on them.
Canada; Leading the world in being just north of the U.S.A.