Home hobbyist here. I'm trying to be a little more automated in my reading of resistors. I've gotten pretty good at reading the 4 bands with the beige background, I find the colors easy to read, and the tolerance band obvious (gold or silver).
But these blue resistors drive me nuts. Honestly, I could read this in both directions. Is this just a case of cheapo manufacturing and the need to manually measure it, or am I missing something?
BTW, this measures to 10 kΩ, but to me, the tolerance band looks to be the same color as the brown first band, and could easily be read (from right to left as pictured) as "brown-red-black-black", or 120 Ω.
Is there some trick I don't know about?