Back in the early 90's when I rediscovered this hobby I also discovered Bare Metal Foil which I thought at the time (and still do) that it is one of the best things to come out for hobbyists to use on their models. No more trying to paint chrome trim with silver paint, or trying to glue on aluminum foil. I remember that back then and for a few years after, that the foil came with a cardboard sheet that prevented the foil from bending, twisting, creasing or getting wrinkled. There was hardly any waste on a sheet other than the excess foil that was trimmed from the model you were using it on.
Now you buy a sheet in an envelope and the only "protection" is the flimsy backing paper and wax paper like cover sheet. I can't tell you how much BMF is unusable because of all the wrinkles and crinkles all over the sheet. It tears at those wrinkles when you try to cut a strip that has a wrinkle in it. Cutting around the wrinkles just causes so much unusable waste. While BMF is not terribly expensive, for the price we pay for it at either model shows or at your LHS we shouldn't have to pay for sometimes almost a third of a sheet that is unusable.
Thankfully BMF seems to have fixed the crappy adhesive problems of a few years ago. The Gold and Black foils are terrible and are a waste of money.
I'm sure that eliminating the piece of cardboard was probably a "cost cutting" decision, but it really did more harm than good...... Good for them because we have to go buy MORE sheets to make up for all the unusable stuff we have to throw away.
OK I feel much better now that I've vented. I've been foiling the '58 Ford I'm building and when I opened up a brand new sheet that I bought at last years NNL East I was PO'd at all the GD wrinkles......!!!!!!
Back to the bench.