Originally Posted by ranger9
It strains my credulity that even Leica would pay enough for a screw to affect costs more than a fraction of a percent.
That screw on the top plate is not some common off-the-shelf at Home Depot part. It is specially made for Leica for that specific purpose.
Be that as it may, many of these pennies-per-unit changes have ended up costing Leica more due to unintended consequences of the change.