Received a CDR from second time this year for an album recently released.

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by TaumpyTears, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    The labels probably thought they were getting a good deal because they don't have to manufacture and distribute them.

    The way to avoid it is to do your online shopping elsewhere and buy used from your local shops.
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2019
  2. Stan C

    Stan C Forum Resident

    I was ready to ship an sealed Bear Family Box Set on discogs and noticed something sounded loose. I told the buyer I would check what the problem was (dislodged CD) but when I checked the condition of the CDs they were all CD-Rs. I bought the set from Amazon Canada a long time ago. I was very surprised about the CD-Rs but I remember another member got a Bear Family Box Set with CD-Rs. I wonder how common it is that Bear Family Box sets use CD-Rs instead of regular CDs.
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  3. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    it's the format! a pressed CD is more likely to last longer than a MOD CDR junk ...which usually suck after a decade...or even earlier. I've lost hundreds...
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  4. slipkid

    slipkid Forum Resident

    Plus there are the issues of godawful media being used (resulting in tons of flaws affecting playback), or burners that don't work well with a certain kind of media yet that media used anyway resulting in tons of flaws, or lacking firmware updates to burn said media at optimum speed, or good media used that is bad because of any # of factors (heat, cold, dirt/dust, you name it) - all resulting in possible flaws. As well as issues with some players not working well with CD-Rs. Then there is the decay factor that you mention, which can happen especially if you play the disc in your car or leave it there on a hot summer day or days. If I am spending money on a disc I want the "real thing", manufactured/pressed rather than burnt, and if that is not possible to get I at least need to KNOW that is what I am going to be receiving so I can decide if it is worth the possible hassle. I hate how vendors conceal this stuff...
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  5. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    me too! if I ever received a CDR not advertised as such it would go back immediately...yes, nothing like the real thing! ; )
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  6. schnitzerphilip

    schnitzerphilip "Custom Title" Unlocked Award

    NJ USA
    So are you saying that after a few years the disc will be unplayable or it will degrade and chirp or skip? Trying to understand what the typical shelf life is of one of these MOD CDR's.
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  7. slipkid

    slipkid Forum Resident

    Impossible to say. Many factors involved. Could be decades. Could be bad the day you first try to play it. Who knows...
  8. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    I have no idea, but I've had some CDRs that failed after a year or so and others that lasted's the luck of the draw...
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  9. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢

    Greater Vancouver
    I'd have to say on an average approximately 12 years. Of course this really means between 2 years to 15 years before failures due to medium degradation. I've had considerably more fail after 15 years compared to just 2 years.
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  10. RTurner

    RTurner Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    I've noticed that Amazon lists many of their cd listings as Format: CD-R lately. I will avoid taking that chance unless I can confirm from the seller that it is a factory cd.
  11. Mirrorblade.1

    Mirrorblade.1 Forum Resident

    Curt Smiths deceptive heavy is only available cdr

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