Why is it not possible to buy battery packs, like AA, AAA et al in packs less than 4? All my remotes, clocks, thermostats, bells etc have one or two batteries installed. When replacement time comes I have to buy a pack of 4. This inevitably means that the 2 not used at that time get lost or mislaid and the next time I want 2 batteries I have to buy another pack of 4.
It's about time Marketing and Manufacturing got their act together and realised that there are a lot of cases where single batteries are needed to be bought. These should be cheaper than buying the prepacked units because you now have no packaging costs to pay for apart from the big box that is used to deliver maybe 100, 200 or even 500 to the stores.
I have written to one manufacturer, but I don't think I'll hold my breath for a response!!
As I said in my first piece, the packaging for 4 must be more expensive than a naked battery. The only packaging needed for 1 battery is nothing. It is only necessary to use a larger very simple box with no plastic window and to be used for transporting from the manufacturer to the wholesaler to the retailer in much larger numbers. You will still have that simple box to ship the packed unit items. In fact you will do away with one complete layer of packaging. And here, I suggests, lies the problem.
Everything we now purchase is grossly over packaged. As I said earlier, get the Marketing people and the Manufacturing people together and get them to sort out a more sensible means of distribution and selling.
When packaged, they are usually date stamped and you can tell their 'freshness'. If batteries were sold singly, with no packaging, they may have been in a shop for a long time, and have been used already, if not sealed (ie packaged!!). So, yes, single would have drawbacks.