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Spudgers and Black Sticks

Good afternoon. I would like to make a recommendation. I worked as a repair technician in Apple Retail for a number of years, and our store experimented with a number of black sticks/spudgers. The one you sell is the most common one, but the best one we ever found was one made by a company called Intertronics. On the stick itself is their URL: www.intertronics.co.uk You can find them on the internet by searching for something like "ITS800 black stick." I would love for a reseller other them MCM Electronics to make these available in the US because other then my set of Wiha tools I got from Apple Retail, I buy everything else from you guys. I am down to my last Intertronics black stick, and MCM's shipping costs are nuts, especially for such a small sized order. $20 to ship a small box of black sticks?! Thanks -Ben

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Looks like free shipping if you order 25+. And here shipping is only $7.99

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Hello Ben, thanks for your feedback!

If our spudger is the most common one on the market, that certainly is flattering! We took inspiration from a variety of spudgers and came up with the design you see today, completely original, aside from the requisite "pointed on one end, flat on the other" design. With that in mind, could you share what you find to be a shortcoming of our spudger that is addressed by the Intertronics spudger?

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It's purely durability, especially with the flat end. The Intertronics version seems like a fibrous plastic like those big black shipping containers, and you can't snap them in half without a significant effort. This helps the flat end especially (and the pointy tip too) retain its original shape for far longer than a lot of other black sticks. The ones in my possession now are ones I've had for years. This hasn't been the case with other black sticks. And, even though they offer superior durability, they don't seem to be any more damaging to plastic surfaces. You can still use them to pry open all kinds of things and not worry that they'll damage the surfaces. Now, I guess it's obvious that I may not be using them for their intended soldering purposes, so there's that. But, we always found black sticks in general to be one of our most invaluable tools. Prying, directing cables, pushing down on tiny connectors... these are just some of the uses we found for them and we'd sometimes spend our entire quarterly parts/supplies budget on just black sticks. Mac Geniuses would horde and hide their personal supplies of the Intertronics version. This may have been why we had to keep ordering them ;)

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Wow. You're quit a salesman for them, I bet they would give you a job.

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