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TDK has begun shipping recordable Blu-ray discs to retailers, and the big news is their exorbitant price, $19.95 for a 25GB recordable disc. A rewritable Blu-ray disc will cost even more, $24.95. The company announced that later this year it will release 50GB Blu-ray blanks for $47.99, with the rewritable 50GB version selling for $59.95.

These kind of stratospheric prices are not unusual, where if you recall, blank DVDs cost an arm and leg when they were first released. But $20? For one blank disc? It's price gouging, plan and simple. Plus, these discs are all dressed up with no place to go—with hardly any burners available, what difference does it make anyway?

Blank Blu-ray discs start shipping [c|net]