I don't know if it's just me but I've had the worst time with damaged DVDs in the last four months and I'm not someone who goes over these discs with a magnifying glass or always expects a completely flawless surface out of a cheap, mass-produced disc. Prior to September, I had only 2-3 bad discs out of a fairly large collection(400+). Since September, I've had the following come out of the package badly scratched or scuffed and/or skipping on two different players and a friend's htpc: -Star Trek:TOS-Season 1(three returns and they finally let me 'build' a good set). -Star Trek:TOS-Season 3(it took until the third set to get a good one) -Rocky Anthology(Rocky and Rocky V)=Rocky skips badly. -Winds of War(discs 3 and 5)=Disc 3 froze up twice. -Saving Private Ryan 4-disc set=film disc badly scratched and gives 'no disc' error. -Spider-Man '67(discs 1 and 3) -Three's Company-Season 3(discs 1,2,3)=3 is unwatchable due to pixelation. -Three's Company-Season 2(discs 1 and 3)=Lockups in two places on disc 1. -Wonder Woman(disc 1) -Schindler's List(it looks like someone took two fingers to it and scratched away) -Cheers-Season 1(discs 2 and 4)=2 freezes up during last episode every time. -Jack Ryan Collection(3 out of 4 discs badly scratched)=only 'The Sum of All Fears' looks good. Figures. -Sledge Hammer-Season 1(discs 1 and 4) -Married with Children-Season 2=disc 2 is very bad. -Top Gun(film disc and BB bonus are very bad)=bonus will not even read. I've left off film and TV sets with minor marks that don't affect playback as I'm not too worried about that. All of the above either have playback problems or look bad enough to cause concern. These problems occurred on a Sony NS725P and a friend's Denon 2900 and HTPC. The problems are repeatable on each player so the fact that they are scratched and have trouble in all machines rules out player issues. Paramount has been the biggest offender and they all have a 'Made in Mexico' sticker on them. All of my older Paramount titles did not have this sticker and had no issues. Anecdotal evidence of course, but an odd coincidence. I was actually considering going to Costco and buying the 7 season set of Star Trek:TNG but I've been afraid of what I might find in a 48 disc set. The TOS sets have been a nightmare for me but good for the gas station. I can't count the trips I've made back and forth. Unfortunately, a lot of time can pass from the time I buy a DVD or TV set to when I open it. Many of the above have passed the return date allowed by the stores. Will the studios exchange these without a problem? I don't really believe in luck but is it just odd coincidence or a lack of quality control all of the sudden?