I've asked this question about different kinds of lighters on Gran Canaria. Meanwhile it is put on hold as unclear what I'm asking. I think about a way to edit the question but can't really figure out how to make this more clear.
I'm a little bit confused what's the fuss to be honest. Isn't it a valid question to ask when something is remarkably different in a country (or let's say "area") than in the area you come from? I mean if you saw only Trabants in the DDR and you didn't know the reason for it, you would ask why there is only a single type of car on the streets. You wouldn't say that this question is not valid since a Trabant is based on the same technology than nearly any other car.
I can't really believe that this Clipper lighter is just a common thing in most countries since I know (personal experience) from at least these countries that they sell preferably the BIC-type lighter:
- US (at least Alabama and New York)
Also it's not like the Clipper kind is preferably shown in media. Examples:
- Google search for lighter mostly provides one with the BIC-like type
- Same for Unsplash search
Movie scenes commonly either have a Zippo, matches (both for badass purposes =)) or the BIC-like type. I personally have never seen a Clipper-type in a single movie.
The strange thing is that my question even attracted two answers in the comments. Sadly the authors decided to use them as an argument to invalidate my question rather than actually use them as an answer. Here's what they've written:
- They are just a common thing in most countries
it's not. they are common everywhere in spain, france, and italy. guess your world's smaller than mine
Imho this reflects the answer:
They are the preferred kind of lighters in at least Spain, France and Italy. So it's not very surprising that you see them in Gran Canaria, too. It's just a cultural random thing which doesn't serve a rational purpose.
Wouldn't that be a perfectly valid answer? (Even though I know that it's not true since I definitely know that there is a rational reason for these lighters and that they are not the preferred kind in Italy and France.)
- They are sold to support the local market
Same Wiki page says that the clipper lighters are mostly produced in Spain, where 1 of 3 Flamagas factories is located (for 55+ years). Doesn't seem illogical that they're commonly available on the 'local' market (i.e. southern European countries and 'friends')
A little bit added citation, formatting etc. and that's a perfectly valid answer too, isn't it?
So, how can it be unclear what I'm asking if I gave an example answer1 and even attracted two answers in the comments? How can I edit my question to make things more clear?
1 From the question:
(I thought that it maybe has to do something with the sand. Like maybe the mechanical parts of "the Clipper" are more resistant to it.)