And I thought $150 was pricey...

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Outrigger, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
  2. Jmacman78 macrumors 6502


    Jan 7, 2007
    Northwest, CT
  3. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
    I saw that this morning and :rolleyes: that price is crazy for a case of any kind IMO.
  4. TL24 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2011
    This is just stupid, $159 for a god damn phone case? Can it take picture? Can it make calls? Can you send/receive SMS a Emails? Can you browse the web with it? This damn thing is half of what my iPhone 4S cost me, hell it's almost as much as a 16GB iPhone 4S!

  5. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
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    It's a thing of beauty and machined perfectly! Very nice IMHO
  6. Biff... macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2010
    Sherman Oaks, CA.
    Damm!! thats some serious $$$ for a case. I thought spending $60 on my Lifeproof case was crazy expensive.
  7. Vudoo macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2008
    Dallas Metroplex
    For those who are complaining about the price, keep in mind that the products are made in the USA. If you live in the US, wouldn't you want to support companies that are providing jobs domestically instead of shipping them overseas?
  8. zigzagg321 macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2011
    the wire
    For that price, this case should come with its own buttons like my Case Mate Jett, which was half the price. The huge cutout hole for the ringer and volumes controls looks cheesy.
  9. DougNg macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2011
    I'm going to preface this that if you've never bought something opulent, held it in your hand, and said "wow, this is REALLY nice" you're not going to get it

    First, these are being made on Makino CNC machines. They're VERY expensive and I doubt the folks over at Element are rolling in dough. Most likely they're paying off the machine. They're great CNC machines though

    Two, there is always going to be market for high end things. I have a friend that is a distributor of $500 Japanese denim and $2000+ titanium fishing reels. Will these jeans cover your rear end any better than $30 Levi's in Kohl's? No. But is there an immediate wow factor in the weight and construction of the jeans? Yes (I own about 14 pairs of these Japanese jeans)

    Lastly, there must be quite a few people who enjoy these cases, as the Vapor Pro Stealths sold out at Tekcases in just a couple days after their last shipment. Of course, this might just mean that there are too many people out there with money to blow. Then again, I had a coworker in NY that would snort his way though $150 weekly

    Why would anyone shell out extra money for a filet mignon over a sirloin? They both will make a turd. Most people who purchase these cases understand, or have experienced "pride of ownership". My wife has a Vapor Comp and I have a Vapor Pro Stealth. They are both VERY nice, all the pieces fit and line up perfectly (which for the most part can only be accomplished via high precision CNC). I really enjoy my case, and that's pretty much the long and short of it

    Just my two cents
  10. Prototypical macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2011
    I don't think anyone is arguing that spending money on a US-made case is a bad idea, but spending as much on the case as you did on the phone (for contract folks) is hard to swallow... especially when it's effectively just an aluminum bumper. It is incredibly pretty though.

    That said, as a car guy I regularly spend stupid amounts of money on wheels and tires (at one point my wheels were 1/5 the value of the car they were bolted to) so I'm not one to judge. :D
  11. Outrigger thread starter macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    Thats a pretty accurate description. Its kinda like car junkies who spend $10k + on rims and tires, body kits, custom interiors... on their cars. When you get into that kind of territory, value goes out the window. This is for a niche market for a small group of people who will pay top dollars to dress up their phones, so the argument of paying almost the same price as a new 16GB iP4S is irrelevant. Cases like this has nothing to do with protecting their phones, its all about customizing to make it stand out among the crowd.
  12. heyloo macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2006
    At first, these seemed overpriced for...well the design looked cool but nothing out of the ordinary...until I read the descriptions. Carbon Fiber material would bump the price up to the range, I'd imagine.
  13. PeturR macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2011
    Lyon, France
    Don't know why its so popular in USA.. in France the reception issue just kills this case
  14. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    looks like crap to me, but for some reason people seem to love them.
  15. al0513 macrumors 6502

    Sep 28, 2011
    No issue with reception on the Pro for me. IMO- This case is just a combo of two. So I guess if you wanted the dual color look without buying 2 cases... then this is the cheaper alternative? Smart marketing for Element.
  16. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    Maybe I am going overboard myself. I own a simple Louis Vuitton Sleeve that cost me $250.
  17. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    I bought another iPhone 4S, gutted it and am using the shell as a case for my 4S.
  18. joshwithachance macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2009
    I bought a knock off pro for $25 and consider even that a bit overpriced for just a bumper...
  19. B777Forevar macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2011
    Chicago, IL
    If that's the case, I want my iPhone to be manufactured here then. Not by kids in some factory in China.
  20. Atmosphere macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2011
    please keep posting ridiculously expensive cases like these because it makes me feel better about dropping $80 on mine
  21. Vudoo macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2008
    Dallas Metroplex
    I would be okay with that. Yes, that would mean it may cost more but since Apple is sitting on $80 billion in cash, I'm sure that they can help offset the costs.
  22. CoachStall macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2009
    Looks sleek and awesome!

    Worth $150 to me? Nope.
  23. takeshi74, Nov 18, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2011

    takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011

    Don't think it's worth it? Don't buy it. No one's forcing you. There are plenty of things you think as worthwhile that others find stupid.

    Precisely. Subjective. Plenty of people don't see the worth in wheels and tires. We all have what we think is worth spending stupid money on and things we don't think are worth spending stupid money on. Not sure why this concept seems so difficult for many forum users to grasp. Get out and interact with people and you'll see that they can have preferences that differ (sometimes wildly) from your own.

    Now, I wouldn't spend this sort of money on this case but I wouldn't call people that did so stupid. Doing so is just tunnel visioned and ignorant.

    You wouldn't once you saw the sticker price. That's the whole reason why China and the 3rd world produce so many of our products.
  24. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    Why do you think they merely aren't contracting out machining?

    I would say alot of products use CNC. It is not like it is rare.

    They sell for a premium because they can. It is not as if the quality is that much order of magnitudes nicer
  25. MrRon macrumors regular


    Oct 13, 2011
    Miami, FL
    You are right.. the cost of your LV sleeve is 10% of the Vapor

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