Like how certain players don't deal with them very well? Or how scratched up some of them are? Or how if you have any problems with them after 30 days you're screwed (meaning you better open them on arrival else you're s.o.l. if there was a problem)? Those types of non-issues?
Yep, those are the ones. I don't understand how any Warner Archive discs would be scratched up if you buy them new, or why anyone with any sense wouldn't check any kind of disc as soon as it came in the mail. As for the failure rate of recordable disc media, there's anecdotal evidence, but is there any statistically reliable data on that, especially as pertains to Warner Archive DVD-rs vs. the kind you buy at Walmart? The player compatibility issue is the strongest argument here, but then I had that occur with pressed discs early on, too.
I do, however, reserve judgment on all the non-Warner DVD-r programs, if only because they don't optimize their bit rates. I get Sony Screen Archives releases that barely fill half the disc, which means it's upwards of 4x as compressed as a competently done dual-layer pressed disc would have been.
You've just answered your own question, Cobb, as highlighted by fdm. Look at how many of you US citizens are buying them and lapping them up as if they're just standard DVDs. People seem quite happy with them for some reason. If no-one bought them then they wouldn't exist and Warner would have to go down a different route.
Again, I don't think the pressed vs. burned thing makes any difference (nothing lasts forever). But I felt this way about the price point -- that the $20 thing was their pie-in-the-sky number and that if we could've all banded together somehow and told Feltenstein to fuck off, they would've caved and set the base price at $15 or even $10. At least Warners reinvested some of the money they picked from our pockets into new transfers for most of the releases after the first wave.
And they call me MISTER Cobb!