Why are there no leather cases of same quality cheaper than Apple's option?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by dmx, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. dmx macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    I have the Saddle Brown Apple leather case on my 6 Plus. It's awesome. But I've been thinking, on a mass scale, this thing probably doesn't cost more than $5-$6 to make (am I wrong?)

    Why are there no options of the same quality for less money? Surely there is money to be made, even at far less than $50?
  2. kapalua12 macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
    United States
    I like my Apple leather blue case on my iPhone 6s+. Only two complaints:
    1. It's slippery and easy to drop
    2. It provides little protection to the bottom of my phone.

    I also have the Spigen Slim Armor case for better grippiness and overall better protection but it does make
    the phone bulkier.
  3. docal97 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2006
    i actually use and love the apple silicon case. Much more 'grippy' than the apple leather case.
  4. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    I'm not sure there actually is a ton of money to be made on a leather case priced lower than Apple's.

    Apple's bulk buying power and manufacturing resources put it way ahead of the means of most potential competitors.

    Combine that with the fact that most people who want a leather case will probably just buy the one that's quickest and easiest to buy, the one that they can easily examine in person, and the one that is most easily returnable if they don't like it. Only one leather case ticks all those boxes...Apple's.

    So after you factor out all the potential leather case customers that will swallowed up by Apple, there probably just aren't enough customers left to make the considerable undertaking of producing a leather case worthwhile.

    Remember, to make a case like Apple's, a manufacturer would need;

    -Thin durable leather in a variety of colors.
    -A shell precision designed to accomodate the leather and lining, while being easily installable/removable.
    -2 sizes for the shell.
    -Precision machinery or skilled labor to do the binding/glueing/assembly.

    And after the effort and investment put into expensive leather and machines/labor, Apple is gonna change the phone in 12 months, likely rendering the case design obsolete.

    Given the costs and short lived demand, most smaller players in the case market will just opt for robotic production of injection molded cases that don't require a large investment in exotic materials and skilled labor.

    That's why nicely made leather cases from companies other than Apple are typically more expensive than Apple's.
  5. Nhwhazup macrumors 68000


    Sep 2, 2010
    New Hampshire

    Actually there are dupes of the Apple leather case without the logo and with the bottom covered as well. You can find them on eBay. The one above is actually pretty decent for the price.
  6. venom600 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 23, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I bought a brown Gmyle case for my 6 Plus a year ago from Amazon for $16. It's definitely real leather (it smelled amazing when it was brand new), but it doesn't have any of the logos or anything on it. I've dropped it, gotten it wet, and everything else in the daily use of the year since I've had it and it looks flawless, zero patina. I mention that because Apple's leather cases tend to show wear very quickly.

  7. dk206 macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2012
    These two are good if not better than Apple's own leather case

  8. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    The thing I don't like about the Apple leather case is it develops small bumps sometimes on the left and right edges. Don't know if it's because of moisture or what.
  9. baller1308 macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2009
    There are many dupies you can buy from eBay. There is even another thread you might want to check out.

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