Why spend so much on a case

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by oli356, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2010
    I was just looking on amazon at iPad cases.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/TeckNet®-Pr...A6/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1331755551&sr=8-11 £12 ish after postage.

    I'm looking at cases such as the Skinny or the Smart feather, which cost £40 and £30. Makes me wonder why I spend so much. In America the cases are a lot more reasonable priced, especially as you don't have to pay for international shipping.

    Why does everyone choose to spend a fair bit of money on cases compared to cheapo ones? Surely the quality difference can't be that different if anything.
  2. macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2011
    California, USA
    I always look for a good deal on cases/accessories. That said, I paid $901 for my iPad...I don't expect to pay $10 protecting it, but that's just me.

    I also have an obsession with cases. I like having options.
  3. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I've bought an el cheapo case and it was not great. The iPad did not fit well and it would not stay upright.
  4. macrumors 601


    Oct 19, 2005
    A lot of times quality actually is a big issue.

    Threads busting loose over time, camera hole and such not lining up, case being too loose, cardboard weak under materials and flexing over time, color fading, parts falling off, etc..

    I don't think you necessarily need to pay £40. You have to keep in mind though, beyond the above many more expensive cases offer drop protection or actual leathers and such.

    Depends specifically what you're comparing that case to.
  5. macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2011
    I've had cheap cases and after a while the cheapness shows and then I have to spend money on a higher quality. I end up spending more money than if I had just bought a quality one to begin with.
  6. macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2012
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    The case that I am looking to buy (just waiting until it arrives at Best Buy instore or online) costs $59.99. When I first started looking at cases, I had no intention of spending that much but for the quality and functionality that it provides, it's worth it IMO. Sometimes it's better to spend a bit more on a quality case than end up wasting money and time buying and replacing cheap cases that don't perform well in time.
  7. macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2006
    None of the cheapo cases (and a good chunk of the expensive ones) seem to truly cover the ipad completely. There's always a giant chunk missing for the Apple logo, or the sides are left wide open, or something. My ideal case is one with a tight, form fitting back and a solid cover (moreso than the Smart Cover) with the magnetic on/off feature. The SwitchEasy Canvas is really the perfect case for me (perhaps borderline too bulky, but it hasn't bothered me too much) and I'm willing to spend the money on it. $50 is probably my max for a case though, I'm already spending another $30 on a screen protector.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2012
    They're all going to be inflated at first, just the nature of the game. My two iPad 1's are in CaseCrown gliders ($10 each) and I really like them. I've got a bunch of other ones including the $5 amazon ones (pretty much what you'd expect for $5....crappy), and a Griffin folio (hate it, hate folio cases).

    I'm hoping to get a decent form fitting one for under $20. I don't leave the house with mine (nor am I clumsy.....famous last words....) so I don't need an Otterbox or anything.
  9. macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    Why spend money on nice clothes? U want to look good.

    Sure u can shop at Walmart and be satisfied but we dont
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2010
    I see your point, in no way am I against buying expensive cases.. I bought 2 fairly expensive cases for my iPhone 4S. My friends were like what the hell I just went and bought a £5 case from the shop down the road.

    My iPad 1 i had a snugg case, the fit was bad.. It would like slide down so couldn't really be used on the stand position. I ended up using the official iPad case considering I got one for free.. it looked pretty bad, but was very thin and kept it from scratches etc.

    And cheap doesn't always mean bad and tatty, especially with clothing ;)
  11. macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    I've always stood by this phrase (generally, obviously there are some exceptions to the rule): You get what you pay for.

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