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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique optical disc drives rating which considers: 3,600 expert & user reviews • 190 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#3

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DELL DW316

997 Reviews

$35.99

Tray
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External
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Dvd
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Sep 2016
#4

84

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LG GTC0N

$21.99

Tray
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Internal
1
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Oct 2015
#5

83

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Asus BW16D1HT

1 Review

$83.98

Tray
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1
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Blu-Ray
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Jun 2015
#6

82

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Asus DRW‑24B3ST

$38.78

Tray
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Internal
1
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Dvd
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Sep 2010
#7

81

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Asus SBC06D2XU

$87.99

Tray
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External
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Blu-Ray
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Jun 2015
#8

80

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LG GP70NS50

5 Reviews
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$63.13

Slot
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External
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Dvd
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Nov 2013
#9

80

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Asus SDRW08U7MU

$30.61

Tray
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External
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Dvd
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Dec 2015
#10

80

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Asus ZenDrive U9M

$37.68

Tray
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External
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Dvd
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Info
Aug 2017
#11

79

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Buffalo DVSMPT58U2VBEU

$46.34

Tray
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External
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Dvd
Info
Info
Jan 2015
#12

79

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Asus DRW24D5MT

$22.75

Tray
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Internal
1
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Dvd
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Info
Oct 2016
#14

77

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Apple USB SuperDrive

$80.32

Slot
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External
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Dvd
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Jun 2012
#15

76

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LG WP50NB40

3 Reviews

$100.46

Tray
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External
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Blu-Ray
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(Unknown)
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Jul 2015
#16

76

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Lite‑On EBAU108

$25.99

Tray
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External
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Dvd
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May 2016
#17

76

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DELL 429‑AA

$43.47

Tray
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1
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Feb 2015
#18

74

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LiteOn IHAS12414

$23.27

Tray
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Internal
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Dvd
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Aug 2016
#19

73

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Transcend TS8XDVDS‑W

$40.74

Tray
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External
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Dvd
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Dec 2014
#20

73

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Asus SDRW‑08D2S‑U Lite

$42.56

Tray
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External
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Dvd
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Feb 2013

61

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Lenovo 4XA0H03972

$73.98

Tray
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Internal
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Dvd
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Info
Jan 2015

61

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Verbatim External Slimline CD/DVD Writer

$36.98

Tray
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External
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Dvd
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May 2016

61

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HP 652241B21

$127.99

Tray
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Internal
1
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Dvd
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Oct 2015

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What Are The Best Optical Disc Drive Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every optical disc drive and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated optical disc drive brand is LG with an average rating of 88%. Compare all award winning optical disc drives.

Rank Brand Number of Optical Disc Drives Price Range Average Rating
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LG Optical Disc Drives 23 $17 - $100
88%
980 reviews
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HP Optical Disc Drives 20 $17 - $150

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SDRW-08D2S-U Lite
$42.56
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eBAU108
$25.99
$17 cheaper
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HP
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$149.99
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DW316
$35.99
$114 cheaper
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Asus
SDRW-08D2S-U Lite
$42.56
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External Slimline CD/DVD Writer
$36.98
$6 cheaper
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Asus
SDRW-08U7M-U
$30.61
$5 cheaper
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DW316
$35.99
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$16.99
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GP70NS50
$63.13
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$35.99
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iHAS124
$16.99
$20 cheaper
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$36.98
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eBAU108
$25.99
$5 cheaper
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SDRW-08U7M-U
$30.61
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WP50NB40
$100.46
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$36.98
$63 cheaper
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iHAS124
$16.99
$21 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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$37.68
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SDRW-08U7M-U
$30.61
$6 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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External Slimline CD/DVD Writer
$36.98
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HP
External USB DVDRW Drive
$149.99
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ZenDrive U9M
$37.68
$112 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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GP70NS50
$63.13
$19 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Two more awards
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USB External DVD Writer
$82.57
Three years
newer
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LG
GP70NS50
$63.13
Two more awards
Better brand
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ZenDrive U9M
$37.68
$25 cheaper
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years
Better Kagoo
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LG
GH24NSC0
$17.49
$5 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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DRW-24D5MT
$22.75
Two years newer
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BW-16D1
$83.98
19 months newer
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GP70NS50
$63.13
$21 cheaper
Better brand
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$42.56
$4 cheaper
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VS
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$46.34
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TS8XDVDS-W
$40.74
Better Kagoo
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$36.98
$4 cheaper
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eBAU108
$25.99
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GH24NSC0
$17.49
$9 cheaper
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iHAS124
$16.99
$19 cheaper
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$35.99
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat are the difference between the different disc loading types?
AThere are 3 main types of disc drive. Tray is the most common - a tray pops out, the disc is placed in and the tray recedes into the machine again. Slot disc drives just have a slot in the side to take the disc, whereas on top-loading disc drives the whole top of the device is hinged, allowing you to place the disc directly into the device.
QWhy does read-write speed matter?
AThe larger the read-write speed of the disc drive, the faster it will write data to the discs, and the quicker data can be read, meaning data access will be faster and smoother (less waiting for buffering video, for instance)
QWhat does 'internal' mean?
AInternal means the disc drive is meant to be mounted inside a computer, whereas external means it can be plugged in via USB and used there.

Optical Disc Drive Buying Guide

Optical disk drives cover a wide range of internal and external devices meant to both read and write a variety of removable media. This means they can be used to both read data from discs (i.e - playing a movie DVD or Blu Ray) and also writing or ‘burning’ data (i.e - creating a music CD from individual mp3s, or permanently writing files to a disk for distribution).

While most computers used to house CD and DVD drives as standard, drastically smaller devices and a move towards cloud-based streaming mean that disc drives are being used less and less. Indeed many modern laptops and desktops no longer contain a disc drive at all.

This means that even though it is legacy tech, it’s still worth keeping a drive handy for those times you want to read the data from an old DVD, burn a disc for a friend, or watch a movie when you don’t have access to Netflix. This guide will explain the major points of consideration when choosing an optical disk drive.

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Mounting & Portability

The first important consideration is what type of drive you want to get. While all our drives read and write disks, there are 2 main types - internal and external. It’s important to note that generally speaking internal drives can’t be used outside of computers, and external drives have to be powered via USB, and can’t be mounted inside a desktop or laptop.

Internal drives: These are meant to be placed into the computer body itself and wired directly into the system for power and data. They are used mostly for either replacements, or if you are building your own computer from scratch. Because these drives have to fit into a specific bay, it’s important to make sure you get one that is the right measurements and compatible with your computer. This also includes the correct mounting for the machine you’re wanting to install the drive into.

External drives: These drives are meant to be plugged into a computer (usually via USB) to serve as a temporary drive when one is needed. These drives tend to be more expensive than internal drives, but can be used with any computer. They are especially useful for laptops, since the current trend in ultra-thin laptops mean that most modern models don’t have a drive built in. Because external drives are removable, they can be easily stowed away until needed, making them helpful if you only need to read a CD/DVD occasionally. They are also very portable, making them good for watching movies or accessing data on journeys where you may not have access to a stable net connection.

Media Support

There are 3 main types of optical media supported by the disc drives on our site - CD, DVD and Blu Ray:

CD: Traditionally used for music, and while rather a legacy format, there are so many CDs in circulation that you are bound to need to access one at some point. All disc drives will read and write CDs, but the downside is they hold the least information of the 3 types.

DVD: DVDs are generally used for movies, since they are higher density, so can hold far more data than CDs. DVDs are still widely used for movies and video games, and can also hold a large amount of information, making them useful for backing up lots of files. Nearly all of our drives support both CD and DVD read writing.

Blu-Ray: The newest and highest density of optical media on the market, Blu-Ray discs can hold an enormous amount of data in a single disc. They are primarily used for very high-quality movies. However because they are a new format, Blu-Ray writers are far more expensive than CD or DVD-compatible models. Moreover, not all drives support Blu-Ray reading or writing, meaning that you may find other users are not able to read the data on the disc.

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Read/Write Speedas

Finally, read & write speeds measure how quickly data can be written from & to the disc. This is measures in bytes per second - the higher the speed, the faster large files (such as movies) will be burnt to the disc, or read from the drive. The read-write speeds are also affected by the USB version supported - USB 3.0 supported drives allow far higher transfer rates than USB 2 drives, so it is worth seeking out the newest drive you can for the fastest data transfer speeds.

Optical Disc Drive Retailers, Prices and Features

Dvd Burner Prices

We currently list 30 cd burners ranging from $17 to $150. On average, a new cd (re)writer costs $54 and 80% of cd rewriters are priced between $23 and $88. The most expensive cd burner that we found is the HP External USB DVDRW Drive at $150, and the cheapest is the LG GH24NSC0B at only $17.

Dvd Burner Brands - Price Range

Verbatim optical disc drives range in price from $0 to $88, and the highest average cd (re)writer price out of all brands is Verbatim optical disc drives with an average price of $42.

Transcend cd rewriters range in price from $41 to $41, and the average price of Transcend cd rewriters is $41 which is the second highest average price of all cd rewriter brands.

The third highest average dvd writer price out of all brands is Apple cd writers with an average price of $37. Apple cd writers range in price from $0 to $80.

Cd Writer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 18 expert reviews and 3,447 user reviews for optical disc drives and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of cd writer.

Biggest Dvd Rewriter Retailers

The biggest dvd (re)writer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Overstock. We found 9 current dvd (re)writer offers from Overstock. The second biggest retailer is Adorama with 7 offers. That means Overstock is significantly bigger than Adorama when it comes to cd burners. eBay is the third biggest retailer with 2 current offers.

When Are Most New Cd Burners Released?

The most common period for new dvd writers to be released in is between April and June. If you wait until April 2020 then you might be able to get better features on your dvd (re)writer. Also the price of the current cd rewriters may drop off just before the latest models are released in April. June was the biggest month last year for new cd rewriters, with eight new cd rewriters released that month. In 2017 most new cd rewriters were released in April, with seven new cd rewriters released that month. In September 2016, nine new dvd burners were released making it the biggest month that year for new dvd rewriter releases.

How Fast Do Dvd Burner Prices Drop After Release?

New cd burners drop in price by an average of 6% in the first 6 months after they were first released.

That means a saving of $1 on a typical $11 new cd rewriter if you wait 6 months before buying.

Disc Loading Types

The disc loading type refers to the mechanism by which the optical disc is loaded into the drive. Normally this is by placing the disc in a tray or by inserting it into a slot.

Amongst new dvd writers, the most common disc loading type is tray. We found 110 dvd writers that are cd rewriters that have a tray loading. We found 29 dvd rewriters that are cd writers that have a slot loading, making this the second most frequently found disc loading type amongst new dvd rewriters.

Type

Type denotes whether the disc drive is meant to be placed internally into a computer, or used externally via USB.

We found 80 cd (re)writers that are internal cd rewriters, which makes this the most common type amongst new cd (re)writers. The second most popular type amongst new cd (re)writers is external. We found 51 cd (re)writers that are external dvd rewriters.

Optical Drive Types

The drive type denotes what type of disc (CD, DVD,etc) the drive is capable of reading.

The most popular optical drive type amongst new cd rewriters is dvd. We found 113 cd rewriters that are dvd burners that have a dvd Optical drive type. We found 26 cd (re)writers that are cd burners that have a blu-ray Optical drive type, making blu-ray the second most frequently found optical drive type amongst new cd (re)writers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Dvd Writers?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying cd burners. For each retailer it shows the total number of cd burners where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying dvd (re)writers. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was Overstock. 6 of their cd (re)writer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Optical Disc Drives for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for cd (re)writers by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of optical disc drive prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's optical disc drive prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Overstock. 66.7% of their dvd rewriter prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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