A recent story in the press said that there was £35 billion worth of stuff being ‘stored’ in peoples houses. I have for sometime been concerned about the fact that you cannot buy just one screw, or say three nails which though in itself is not such a bad thing (you will eventually use the others you have to buy on other projects) there are things that you do only need a specific number.
A pair of door handles for instance, but you are conned into buying two for a 25% discount. The second will sit in the shed for the rest of your life. On the one occasion that you find someone that needs that handle to replace a broken one of the same design you decide that yours might break so you keep the spare ‘just in case’.
We buy 2-4-1, we buy packs of 5 when we only need 2, we buy packs of ten when we only need three, packs of 25 when we only need 5, packs of 50 when we only need 8, I recently had a need 16 3/16th pop rivets, I had to buy 200!
I wonder how much ‘stuff’ that should be in the shops/stores on their shelves is actually stored in drawers/sheds in every household in the country. Even someone who is just starting up in a small flat has screws, nails, cup hooks etc.
We all buy ‘stuff’ that we don use, but can we always buy stuff that we do need/use. As a boater we will nearly all use a lump hammer to put pins in the bank, but try and get a new handle for it from the DIY shed and they will say ‘they don't do that, but you can buy a new hammer’! And if you are a proper boater you will still keep the head of the old hammer.
So all the ‘stuff’ you buy that you store at home is really wasteful and you only have it because the DIY companies are packing for their benefit not yours.