>That's one part of my skepticism with ifixit is that the competitors it has as far as I know of are the cheap chink shits sold on places like amazon
If you're considering the cheap "modular" screwdriver kits competitors, I've got a stack of 'em in my garage. Half gifts, half Home Depot impulse buys. They feel cheap, often break, parts go missing, and I spent more time fiddling with the tool than working on actual projects. iFixit hasn't let me down yet, nor threatened to, which gives me great peace of mind.
>Another small part of the skepticism in ifixit would be the e-celebs who shilled for them in their videos.
iFixit is a tool for enthusiasts and beginning professionals. Someone who refurbishes Amigas on their weekends will get a lot of mileage out of their toolkits. But the marketing is aimed squarely at Applefags who want to replace their iPhone batteries, so the extent that most of the spudgers are specifically for iPhone screen removal and are included in most of their kits. Note how the proprietary drivers for shit like Nintendo are in the expensive, standalone toolkit? It's because iFags just want enough to make small repairs and feel like they didn't buy a single use kit. But if you get a proper kit, it will last and get the job done for most electronics.
Never trust e-celebs, but them shilling a product doesn't mean it's bad. Most reviews now are either sponsored or bots, unfortunately.
>Can the ifixit bits be used on a non-ifixit screwdriver that magnatizes the bits or are they proprietary?
Aside from some inherited Craftsman tools that predate most of the magnetic bit standards, and my pile of chinkshit, I don't have any other screwdrivers or bits. The bits and the socket they slip into are about a quarter inch diameter and hexagonal. I wouldn't be surprised if something else fit it.
>Is there also a point in the repair business toolkit?
>Couldn't one get all those supplies from other places for much cheaper instead of paying $200?
More importantly, you can pick and choose what tools you want and get quality ones. If you really need a multimeter, you either already own one or you should do research and pick the right one for your needs separately. Want calipers? Do research, pick the best ones. The spudgers and tweezers that come with some toolkits are nice, but you can also buy comparable ones elsehwere. The screwdriver and bits is the meat and potatoes of all these kits, and you should put your money towards that and worry about the rest as you need it. I mainly bought a "kit" with spudgers because friends often ask me to drive to their house and fix this laptops and it was convenient to have it all in one roll. If you just need something around the house, a standalone Manta kit is pretty ideal. Hell, I'd consider buying one for the extra bits and tossing my current kit in the car permanently.