iPhone 5 Cases WAY Overpriced?

i5taco

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 23, 2012
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I'm appalled. I am one of those guys who upgraded from iPhone 4. When I had my i4, a good full body case cost $25.

Got my iPhone earlier this week and went to check out cases. This crappy "shell" case which doesn't even protect the front of the iPhone 5 cost $38. What a load of crap. And if you want a decent holster case (which I would never use), they cost a whopping $50.

Don't even get me started on screen protectors. The only one in AT&T cost $40. Almost lost my marbles.

Been searching online for some cheap cases but every company and their mother wants to scam the living hell out of you.

Has anyone given into these ridiculous prices? ANY alternative online sites that sell cheap?

I am sure some of you are gonna jump at me for being cheap and would take any chance possible to defend the apple market so ill tell you this: I've had a ****** day, don't need to hear you pointlessly defend some $3 cases made in China.
 

NT1440

macrumors G5
May 18, 2008
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Cases are always expensive when the product is just released. Wait two weeks and all the cheap ones come flooding the market.
 

Geckotek

macrumors G3
Jul 22, 2008
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I find most of the cases on the market are ridiculously overpriced and I'm always blown away by how much money people are willing to spend on them. If people just refused to pay such ridiculous prices, the market would adjust, but seem there's a an iPhone case sucker born every minute. :rolleyes:

You might give the one's on Monoprice.com a try. They may be pretty cheesy, but they are cheap.
 

VivaLaFisica

macrumors regular
Sep 17, 2012
139
1
You just have to make things happen.

I managed to get an otterbox defender from Otterbox's website on overnight shipping for $27.99. I love the blue color, too. Just need to wait for my phone on Monday.
 

Droidrage729

macrumors 6502
Sep 28, 2012
309
1
I picked up an incipico case from radio shack. 24 bucks and it came with a screen protector . More then I wanted to pay but it covers the volume buttons and lock buttons. Very sturdy case I could easily keep this one but I ordered an otter box commuter anyway
 

rorschach

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Jul 27, 2003
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Cases are always expensive when the product is just released. Wait two weeks and all the cheap ones come flooding the market.
This.

The ones out now are expensive because they're trying to get in on all the hype of a new iPhone release and the fact that a lot of people will be buying cases. Just wait a few weeks.
 

MichaelKB

macrumors member
Sep 19, 2012
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They seem very comparable to the 4 cases from what I've seen (and I've been looking... a LOT).
 

jk4lebron23

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Apr 6, 2010
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Here is the way i look at it, since i have apple care then it's only 50 bucks to replace and since most cases are 35 and you're rarely going to get just one then why not go naked if you have apple care?
 

ticklemeapple

macrumors newbie
Aug 11, 2012
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Here is the way i look at it, since i have apple care then it's only 50 bucks to replace and since most cases are 35 and you're rarely going to get just one then why not go naked if you have apple care?
Because you pay 150 bucks (initially 100 to even have it) in actuality to go "naked"
 

macsrcool1234

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Oct 7, 2010
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Like cables and adapters,everything is overpriced at the moment. In a few weeks, you will be able to eBay anything for under $10.
 

nostresshere

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Dec 30, 2010
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Why so high priced? Simple.

They figure if anyone will stand in line, wait up all night, drive around town from store to store, pay insane prices....then they surely will pay $50 for a case.

LOL!
 

molingrad

macrumors member
Jun 20, 2012
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Otterbox defender for 4s was about $25 on amazon, $50 retail. The 5 is $50 at amazon. They are probably skimming the market right now. I bought anyway because I need the protection and to hide the iPhone in the case so I don't stand out with it.

I have to say it is the best case I've ever seen. Everything is quality, feels great I don't think I'll have the problems I did with the old one falling apart after a year.