How long will the aftermarket protective case market last??

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Wasim1177, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. Wasim1177 macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2013
    Hasn't this market reached maturity or is there room for more players to come in with more designs and innovations.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    There's always room for innovation but with the addition of any new player in the market its that much more difficult to make a profit. I'd say the marketplace has reached the saturation point.
  3. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    As with any product market, of course there's room for more designs and innovation.

    "If a man has good corn or wood, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods."
    —Ralph Waldo Emerson, late 19th century
  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    No one knows for certain. It existed well before the iPhone did and there's no reason IMO to expect it to go away.

    Define what you mean by "maturity". I don't think most people mean "everything that can be invented has already been invented" (which is flawed reasoning regardless of market) when they say maturity.
  5. mysterydate, Mar 9, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2013

    mysterydate macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2010
    Waseca, MN
    As someone who's introduced a completely new material to the accessory market, my two cents: The market is full, certainly, but there's always innovations to be made, and the market rewards innovation.

    No one was using Richlite or any layered paper composite in any application beyond guitar bridges and fingerboards at the scale of an iPhone case, especially with the small features of our case design. We were the first (October 2011), as as a result, showed other companies that it could be done. They're still figuring out that the case's strength comes from Richlite, and not from bamboo.

    Notably, we're the only maker of all natural material composite cases for the iPhone 4/4S.

    We're very aware of new, sustainable materials, and I personally think that there will be more emphasis on what these 'throwaway' products do in the waste stream. We'll see bio-degradable plastics, and perhaps more regard to durability, and maybe even repairability.

    There's always going to be new materials that perform better and make old ones obsolete, and therefore will always be new accessories. Even if Apple makes a indestructible iPhone, there will always be those who want a custom aesthetic, and will look for accessories that provide it.

    So, yeah. Case-making is a tough biz, with lots of players. I've seen several come and go since we started, but they were doing what many others were doing and no better. Innovation keeps you relevant, and keeps you in business. :D

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