“ Brand: Packbuster / Product Type: Multi Tool „
You know when you walk into a £1 shop and think "that looks useful", buy it then and find out its a heap of cack.....yeah, well I think I just did that!
I should've come to Dooyoo ~ who would've thought it would even be on here as a suggestion? ~ and read the two previous reviews. Maybe then I might have saved myself a quid!
The idea behind this product is essentially sound. Need help getting into a package.....well, there's probably an App for that but failing that, here's a handy tool for just that occurence!
Need a small screwdriver for getting into kiddies toys to exchange batteries thus saving frantic cries of "it's not working Daddy!" ~ then this tool could suposedly be your saviour!
Need to cut the hundred billion ties off the packet of your child's latest toy......well, let this tool come to your rescue!
That's how it should be. Instead, the knife blade on here just looks dangerous as if it is going to break as soon as you exert any pressure, the screwdriver attachment is likewise as flimsy and did more to muck up the thread on the screw than undo it and the scissors....well. lets just say that my daughter Emilie's paper cutting scissors do a better job and they aren't even meant to be sharp!
In short, whilst this looks like a useful tool it isn't very well made....but I supose what can you expect from a pound shop?
Actually, better than this. I have had some good bargains from my local pound store.
Unfortunately this isn't one of them!
On the bright side, it won't be long before it breaks......
I have to admit now, I bought the Packbuster Pack-Opening Multitool for a laugh.
I don't usually buy random household tools for a laugh but there's a YouTube channel called Ashens who does comedy reviews on utter tat and he had given it a less than glowing review. When I saw this in Pound World actually REDUCED to 50p I thought I'd buy it as a joke Valentine's gift for my husband before I gave him the real pressie!
The Packbuster Pack-Opening Multitool is a little hand held tool which ostensibly is for getting into packets. You know, the type of moulded plastic that makes you want to kill. Usually you'd reach for the scissors but reach no more (well, you'll still need to actually, because this is terrible!)
The best way I can describe it is like a tippex mouse (remember those? they were plastic cases which dispensed tippex tape for use with typewriters). It is a little white case which feels very flimsy and thin, and it has a number of 'handy' tools (my usage review follows their description..)
The flimsy metal screwdriver - it's flimsy, it's metal and it's a screwdriver. Sometimes you get toys with battery compartments with a tiny screw, well, this screwdriver will fit 20% of these and even then it's flipping impossible to turn the Packbuster without a groaning plastic sound which would turn into a breaking cracking plastic sound and a very broken Packbuster should I keep trying to get the flipping screw out. It's retractable but you'll only retract it once.. you won't want to use it again.
The rusty - cutty - rather dangerous blade - thing is a blade which is pushed away from you (safety first!) to cut plastic. It will cut very thin plastic, if you push with the force of the Incredible Hulk and make a sound like Martina Navratilova, but worryingly mine was rusty when I opened the packbuster packet (an easy open packet thank goodness!!) and looks suspiciously like it might fall off.
The snippy thing - a very small blade which works scissors style against another which is built into the side of the Packbuster. Sort of like scissors, but blunt and really hard to use. Basically you might as well use scissors.
Overall the Packbuster Pack-Opening Multitool wasn't even worth the 50p I paid for it, it provided some initial amusement and now it's sitting in the bottom of a drawer (shortly to be moved to the bottom of the kitchen bin.)
Basically if you have some packaging that is stronger than tissue paper then the Packbuster Pack-Opening Multitool will crumple and break in your very hands. It's an absolutely pointless and terrible tool which even the Pound Shop couldn't shift for a quid - that tells you everything!
If you need a little screwdriver, buy a mini screwdriver keyring from Poundland, they are great. If you need a pair of scissors... use a pair of scissors. If you need a knife... well you get the idea. The Packbuster Pack-Opening Multitool doesn't open packs and isn't a multi tool. It's utter pants and one star out of five is a great compliment to it!
Have you ever seen a product and thought "I wish I had thought of that?" That is exactly what I thought when I saw the Packbuster in Poundland (it sells for around £5 on Amazon) which is a tool designed to help you get into packaging.
Many products are overpackaged these days, especially kids toys. You need to tear through a plastic blister pack and once you get inside you find the toy is secured to more packaging with plastic ties and even screws. Once you get the toy out of the packet you then need to hunt down a mini screwdriver to open the battery compartment. One Christmas day I ended up with a nasty cut on my hand after trying to tear open a blister pack with my teeth and hands.
The packbuster comes in a packet that you simply rip open and then you have a 3 in one tool around 4 by 2 inches which claims to cure wrap rage.
The three tools on this little gadget are a slim cross head screwdriver, a blade for cutting cable ties and a blade for cutting through blister packs.
The screwdriver is great. It slides into the body of the tool when it is not in use and is sturdy enough to do the job it is designed for. It's not a screwdriver you would use for DIY due to the flimsiness but for opening battery compartments it is great.
The other two tools make the product a waste of time overall. The scissors for cutting open the cable ties are sharp enough but are not slim enough to slip under ties easily. The cheap plastic handle also does not give enough power when pressed down to mean that ties are always cut through and you can end up needing to try several times to clip one tie.
The blade for cutting through blister packs is nice and sharp but poorly designed. Only a tiny portion of the blade sticks out from the tool and this is covered in some kind of safety sheath which is non removable. It will cut through packets with some difficulty but a standard stanley type blade would be much easier.
The whole product is flimsily built, the handle for retracting the screwdriver fell off within a few uses and the whole thing feels flimsy.
The packbuster is a brilliant idea which is let down by flimsy construction. If they upgraded the product and made it sturdier then it would be brilliant but right now it is not even worth the £1 I spent on it.