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Warning: Staples CDs - 1/17/2004 3:35:53 AM   
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Stay far away from Staples brand CDs. I've received multiple 100/pack spindles as presents, and decided on the third to check who makes them since I had never burned a coaster, found out they were CMC and felt mighty lucky. About 4 months or so down the road one CDs that had been burned failed to read and I checked it out, hiked out a magnifying glass, and looked at the CDs (I went through my entire stacks of CDs). Of 300 Staples CDs, I've burned 2 coasters (both from the third spindle, both on a Plextor 20/10/40-12). Of those 300, after close inspection with the magnifying glass, I have found 9 CDs that are plagued with the 2000/2001 news story CD fungus that resides in between the layers of the CDs and consumes the reflective layer. Example photos:

http://student.andover.edu/~tegeril/cdfungus

It is not a surface-tangible flaw, can be seen on both sides of the CDs and cause underrun errors when trying to read the data on said CDs. Never again will I buy a CD by them.
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RE: Warning: Staples CDs - 1/17/2004 6:59:13 AM   
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It looks more like a ***** then fungus... either wya is not good though! [:I]


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RE: Warning: Staples CDs - 1/17/2004 7:21:34 AM   
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It's fungus, up close it's very apparent that it and it's sibling defective CDs are nothing but the fungus in action.

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RE: Warning: Staples CDs - 1/17/2004 10:47:03 PM   
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Thanks for the information! I never buy store branded media like that anyway, because they get them the cheapest possible.... I know you got them as gifts... oh well.... perhaps 1 or 2 are okay?


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RE: Warning: Staples CDs - 3/9/2004 5:37:37 AM   
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Theyre manufactured by CMC. Total crap.

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RE: Warning: Staples CDs - 3/29/2004 8:51:29 PM   
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So out of 300 CDs you found 9 bad ones which suffered (as far as I can tell) a problem that was isolated to some bad lots and that prompted you to reject all CDs branded by Staples? That's a tad harsh, is it not?

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RE: Warning: Staples CDs - 3/29/2004 9:16:18 PM   
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9 that suffered from that problem.

About 20 that burned as coasters.
About 10 that don't read now for inexplicable reasons.

This was just a very visible example.

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RE: Warning: Staples CDs - 3/30/2004 11:14:20 AM   
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quote:
Originally posted by Dolphinius_Rex

It looks more like a ***** then fungus... either wya is not good though! [:I]



Yes, it does look like a crack running from the centre

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RE: Warning: Staples CDs - 3/30/2004 12:54:00 PM   
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It isn't.

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RE: Warning: Staples CDs - 4/4/2004 6:24:14 PM   
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I have a 50 pk, cmc and not one coaster out of more than 25 burned so far. One's burner also has a lot to do with it. None so far unreadable. Perhaps I just got a good batch though I'll stick to cheaper media like SmartBuy since I have some of that that's yrs old and still reads fine. Staples are a bit pricy here in Canada.

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RE: Warning: Staples CDs - 4/5/2004 1:16:21 PM   
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most of my CMC media has died within 5 years, the first ones to go were ones with labels on them... this may have been a coincedence though.


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