You are over thinking it😉 Amazon (or any for that matter) buyer review will tend to be skewed towards the negative. Happy customers don’t generally take the time to post positive reviews, they just get on with life.
Amazon has a great return policy, avoid 3rd party market place sellers. I would shy away from slot loader drives.
It’s not sold directly by Amazon, but says “Fullfilled By Amazon” for a couple merchants. Do I understand correctly when fullfilled by Amazon it’s like buying through Amazon in terms of return policy, etc? Looks like Newegg.com has it as well, though I’ve never purchased from them before.
PS - This is the program I’ve been using to rip audio from DVDs, but I haven’t tried it for BDs. Any experience using it for BDs? http://www.dvdae.com
Apparently I was missing something. The DVD Audio Extractor site fails to mention that it can’t rip BD+ encrypted BDs (aren’t all BDs encrypted?). So I have to rip the BD using MakeMKV (disc backup option) to a file, then DVD Audio Extractor can convert the audio from that file to a FLAC file on my music server/streamer.
Not exactly an elegant solution, but so far it’s working.