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Cool_Cartographer_39 t1_j1qvhxq wrote

Is a screwdriver really cheaper than a slightly bigger box?


biggerBrisket t1_j1qvtmf wrote

Could be. Maybe with the handle sticking out it makes it a weird size and greatly reduces the number they can ship at once. And if you buy wholesale, a screw driver can cost $0.50 or less depending on how many you order.


ohhepicfail t1_j1v6dmc wrote

who cares if it’s cheaper? everyone has one. it doesn’t need to be included, it’s waste pure and simple.


Bierbart12 t1_j1qy5gh wrote

Still, could've just included one of those tiny extra cheap screwdrivers that usually come with ikea products


Andire OP t1_j1qyl05 wrote

Fuck it, this boy is going in the tool box 😂


idmfndjdjuwj23uahjjj t1_j1s712a wrote

Right next to every allen wrench that has come with something to assemble ever.


Muzzy637 t1_j1st0qe wrote

As a cyclist I save them all and I just lose them at some point


kahurangi t1_j1vbp5j wrote

I always tape them to the bottom of the desk or whatever it was they came in.


Zerafiall t1_j1sply7 wrote

“Damn it. I miss counted the little screw drivers and weee one short”

“Fuck it. Give them the test bench one.”

“Then what are we going to use on the test bench”

“I needed an excuse to get an LLT one. Not it’s a company write off” ¯(ツ)/¯


Eldwyn t1_j1tjfpj wrote

Ah yes Linus Lech Tips my favorite YouTube channel.


brandnewreddituswr t1_j1s2six wrote

Leave it in the kitchen to handle all the other handles that need tightening


TheLumpyMailMan t1_j1s4tup wrote

Or the inevitable cabinet handle or knob that comes loose. I keep one in my kitchen just for that cause my OCD can't stand any of those fuckers being loose


Eldwyn t1_j1tjd15 wrote

If you run into this issue that frequently... use loctite?


TheBupherNinja t1_j1twtoj wrote

Gtfo out of here with your "proper solutions to common problems"

Although, just having a screwdriver around is a pretty free solution.


Abject-Picture t1_j1uh6vb wrote

If you catch it soon enough you usually just have to spin the knob to the right to tighten it back up, screwdriver not needed.
At least that's what my ocd learned.


TheLumpyMailMan t1_j1unfgw wrote

It usually just spins for me caus the actual hole in the wood of the cabinet is stripped and doesn't hold it tight anymore. My OCD already tried it lmao


srcarruth t1_j1qyjn3 wrote

They could also not give you a driver at all, seems they made a choice


Andire OP t1_j1r2zr2 wrote

Glad they did, that's the easiest value ad for me lol


Einsteins_coffee_mug t1_j1rammp wrote

It’s the screwdriver that will ultimately always be used, even though it’s not the best one you own. Sometimes because you feel funny using a “good” screwdriver to assemble something cheap, or to open up a battery compartment real quick, or to make one little adjustment on something. Sometimes because this one was the first one you saw (likely because it’s always on top) and at the end of the day, it gets the job done, so it does every job.

It will never sit in a tool belt, but will never sit on the bench either.

Also, side note, do yourself a favor and rub the black nubs off the handle into the garbage as soon as they’re ready to go, before they decide to do it themselves and end up everywhere.


Andire OP t1_j1razia wrote

>It will never sit in a tool belt, but will never sit on the bench either.

It's not the screwdriver we deserve right now, but it's the screwdriver we need. So he'll be there. Waiting for the day to screw anything he can.


mtom17 t1_j1s1pjl wrote

"I'll give it me best shot boss, so chuffed ya picked me!"

30 seconds later

"Ahhh shit i'm slipping i'm slipping! Take it easy fella!"

30 seconds later

"Well what did ya expect from 50p screwdriver??"


jrhoffa t1_j1rjo0i wrote

You have screwdrivers that you think are too good to be used for their intended purpose?


Andire OP t1_j1rof31 wrote

Ngl, I have shit screw drivers I use for dumb shit like opening paint cans cuz I never seem to have a fuckin opener when I need one lol


TheFirebyrd t1_j1s4o6f wrote

That’s pretty universal, I think. There’s definitely a paint-splattered flat head screwdriver at my house.


Styr4c t1_j1qyien wrote

Those end up in a landfill, maybe the hope is that the buyer will keep this one. I probably would


Andire OP t1_j1r2xfd wrote

Definitely keeping it! Lol


HippCelt t1_j1s0fuc wrote

but instead they went the 'building customer goodwill' way crazy huh...


TheDoktorIsIn t1_j1sfbtv wrote

Maybe the pan company partnered with a famous screwdriver company and it's cross promotion? This is only one, now OP has to go buy the rest!

Or throw it in the toolbox with a the other mismatched screwdrivers like I do.


tarmac-- t1_j1scee0 wrote

That generally gets thrown out pretty quick after use. At least I assume that's what this company was going for maybe.


qa567 t1_j1spy0v wrote

They could have just written on box SCREWDRIVER NEEDED FOR ASSEMBLY


AholeBrock t1_j1unvrs wrote

I'm sure they just bought the cheapest bulk swestshop-made screwdrivers they could find at that moment


Fuckedby2FA t1_j1r33gs wrote

Yeah because the slightly bigger box is not only bigger but also means less being shipped, less being stored etc etc.


MilesPower t1_j1tzs0h wrote

But couldn't you save even more money but not including the screwdriver and just adding a note that says "Use a screwdriver and put this together, what do you mean you're an adult who needs a frying pan but doesn't own a screwdriver?"


cellardweller1234 t1_j1r62gx wrote

You need to think of the savings that happen by being able to ship many more units per pallet/container as well. Why ship air space when you can ship product?


Truthisnotallowed t1_j1s4o3b wrote

Yes - purchased in volume the screwdriver is a lot cheaper than the extra cost of a larger box.

I worked more than a decade purchasing boxes. They are not cheap and they are getting more expensive all the time.


Anonymous_user_2022 t1_j1rzu1r wrote

Not cheaper than the box, but way cheaper than only being able to stack half as many pans in a container.


Cool_Cartographer_39 t1_j1s3nr7 wrote

A triangular box, slightly deeper, could be packed two to a level and only take up marginally more space.


Anonymous_user_2022 t1_j1s4x27 wrote

Given a radius r, with the dismantled packing having an obvious footprint of 2(r+Wc)², where Wc is the thickness of cardboard, please find the length of a handle, lH, that minimize the triangular area of a pan as expressed by the maximum length of handle that can be stored inside the pan. For this assignent, assume that lH is r-10mm.

Argue your finding.


cmhamm t1_j1sqdrc wrote

If you order direct from China, you can get these screwdrivers for $0.12 each on an order of 5000. A slightly bigger box isn’t a big expense, but the extra space in transit and storage would definitely cost a few bucks extra per unit. And as a consumer, you feel like it was a nice, thoughtful addition to your purchase. It’s a win-win-win.


stalkerTXstranger t1_j1s23j0 wrote

Don't forget to factor in screwing the handle on. People are slow and factory solutions would have a giant upfront cost.


Trippler2 t1_j1u294k wrote

A basic screwdriver from China costs less than $1 in bulk.


antrky t1_j1ue7zl wrote

When factoring in shipping container costs etc probably worked out cheaper to just Chuck a screwdriver in the box. Looks like a pretty good screwdriver for the job involbed though


AholeBrock t1_j1unlfh wrote

Cheaper to buy bulk screwdrivers built by slaves than to pay a living wage to someone to put single screws into pan handles all day. These pans are proudly made in America after all.


snielson222 t1_j1up0dt wrote

Shipping costs are a huge part of retail prices.


User289603 t1_j1rkl1c wrote

It's clearly not about price, but about functionality for the user/customer.

Not only does it mean you can tighten the handle when it gets loose, you also get a free useful tool, and the experience of attaching the handle yourself 😄


trymypi t1_j1szhvt wrote

You're getting down voted because you have not made it clear how that leads to profit for the company. A business doesn't do things out of the kindness of their hearts, they do it if they think it leads to profits.