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How much does manufacturing an iPhone case really cost?

asked Sep 16 '12 at 13:07

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edited Sep 18 '12 at 17:55

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Fogarty ♦♦

Although the cost of a smartphone case is expensive, and it does not seem like it should be, here is a list of things to conciser how much it cost to make it. It is also important to know that the cost of manufacturing is only part of the cost of the product, They need people working in accounting and HR (administrative) they need someone to design it, build prototypes, and test it (Research and Development) You need a place to manufacture it (Facilities) and so on

So here is a list of possible expenses, as you can imagen it starts to add up

  • Materials
  • Equipment
  • Energy
  • Employees
  • Facilities
  • Administration
  • Research and Development
  • Shipping
  • Logistics
  • Quality Control
  • 3rd party certifications
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Licenses
  • Waist
  • etc.

answered Sep 16 '12 at 15:22

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Wow, thank you!

(Sep 16 '12 at 15:26) ArmedAlpaca ArmedAlpaca's gravatar image

they are pretty cheap to make, (I currently use a hardcase for my mytouch 3g slide and it cost $1.50 (free shipping) from china. While it does not have much padding, it does offer a decent amount of protection and is about the same quality as the $5-7 ones that I regularly see in many stores.

remember companies don't pay a retail markup for their supplies and when they are buying materials in batches of a few hundred tons, the per unit cost becomes extremely low to a point where they can sell a phone case for $1.50, not charge for shipping from china, and still make money.

most of the iphone cases are $1 and free shipping from china. (it is just more expensive for y phone since it comes in 2 parts due to the slide out keyboard.

answered Sep 16 '12 at 18:13

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edited Sep 16 '12 at 18:16

It's a marketing ploy that's as old as the hills. Sell the product at what seems like a bargain and then profiteer like mad on accessories and add-ons knowing that people won't be seen dead with anything less than a designer label!

answered Sep 18 '12 at 08:42

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I think that is a large part of it. But I have bought the cheap Chinese cases for phones and well they feel like crap and they often don't offer the same protection. Buying a name brand case I feel you are getting a better product, is it worth 30 bucks for what is basically a rubber band in the case for the iPhone? no, but I am sure they are better quality.

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