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post #11 of 24
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I don't do case mods but I'm guessing your best bet from what the others have said is mod cases on customer demand. I would think people would pay more for a case that's exactly how they want but don't have the tools/time/skill/etc to make it themselves. As to where to find such customers, I have no idea. tongue.gif

Clients are so far and few between that my advice would be to build, build and build some more to the point where somebody will eventually take notice and commission a case from you. thumb.gif

I've been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to build some custom cases for people, but never at a rate to generate much useful income (all $ gets put back into the shop).

Good luck!
post #12 of 24
What about: http://www.facebook.com/epicpccases

I think this guy sells from fan standoffs to full custom cases.
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Myself,I really do not see a terribly bright future for the desktop.The future is in laptops and hand held devices.I think most desktop work will be done by the owner himself,so a website dedicated to custom desktops is about 5 years late.
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There is not a market for this.

If you were, say, the best Porsche restorer in your area, you could charge ALOT for your time and there would be people willing to pay the cost for quality work, even get people coming from out of state etc if you're that good.

The amount of time it takes to mod cases is not on par with the amount of people willing to pay extra money for them. Most people with that kind of money will have an established boutique shop build the case with the PC they buy from that shop.

The only chance I see would be if you establish yourself in competition and web presence and can appeal to the entire US. Then you'd have to do enough of them quickly enough to make it worthwhile.
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Myself,I really do not see a terribly bright future for the desktop.The future is in laptops and hand held devices.I think most desktop work will be done by the owner himself,so a website dedicated to custom desktops is about 5 years late.

I agree with you. The market for CONSUMER electronics is going mobile. But we are not consumers. We are enthusiests. With the turn of the digital age most people moved to digital music. But those who truly apreciated and understood music and sound still stuck to records. The market for this stuff may fade, but it will never become obsolete. thumb.gif
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post #16 of 24
Look at companies like Digital Storm that build custom computers. See how much they cost and then compare to how much you can build one yourself.....

That is exactly why you wont make money selling custom cases because people will say "i can do that for less myself" and when it comes to case mods, if you are willing to put in the time and effort, you can generally get close to what you want.

Now, if you wanted to make custom cases to sell jus to recoup the costs that were brand new cases(if you were doing it for practice reasons)....then maybe, but its still a strech cause in order to do that you would have to buy parts in bulk and even then you may not recover shipping costs.....

I dont even think the builds in the sponsored section can really sell them for much because alot of people see them and say, "I can do that". Just look at how many computer desks there are out their since l3p showed off his desk build....
post #17 of 24
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Myself,I really do not see a terribly bright future for the desktop.The future is in laptops and hand held devices.I think most desktop work will be done by the owner himself,so a website dedicated to custom desktops is about 5 years late.

Desktop is heading to be an enthusiast only setup. Desktops will always push the boundaries but the laptop is all that is "needed"
post #18 of 24
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There is not a market for this.
If you were, say, the best Porsche restorer in your area, you could charge ALOT for your time and there would be people willing to pay the cost for quality work, even get people coming from out of state etc if you're that good.
The amount of time it takes to mod cases is not on par with the amount of people willing to pay extra money for them. Most people with that kind of money will have an established boutique shop build the case with the PC they buy from that shop.
The only chance I see would be if you establish yourself in competition and web presence and can appeal to the entire US. Then you'd have to do enough of them quickly enough to make it worthwhile.

I am starting to think the same thing. But I think that there is a market for custom parts and such. What I envision is a place where people who specialize in custom blocks from sweden can easily sell and advertise to some one in california. I know we already have somthing similar with ocn artisan but I think it would be cool to have a place where you can state what you want and get it custom made all in one place.
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post #19 of 24
if there is a need , there is a market , ether big or small doesnt matter , there are strattegies / structures , pro and cons , and for this modding market , mostly pro's because its small quantities that modding george can keep up with the demand.

the problem that "modding george" got over a uber big company like , Coolermaster , Thermaltake , Silverstone etc , is exposition AKA marketing ... that is all . there are strategies / structures that helps small companies survive / coexist with bigger ones that occupy most of the ecosystem . i wont tell them , go study economics biggrin.gif

but the idea of a place where modders can go and look up for a "piece" that doesnt sell or cant easily find ... like the post i just read that he needs a 8-slot I/O motherboard backpanel ... the only one offer is Caselabs techstation , for like 80$+ ... instead of like 20-25$ he could find from someone over Texas with some bending breaks and CNC.....

see what i mean? ... and there is a con to this "idea" .... but i guess u guys can figure it out . and its not a pretty one smile.gif

i can keep talking about this idea all day long if u want , but i prefer a PM because these "ideas" are dangerous up to a point (and im not talking about dangerous of a gun to the head dangerous lol u know what kind tongue.gif )
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post #20 of 24
Some would consider CaseLabs a "small" company and there is a reason these 10 port I/O backplates are expensive.If you ever get one in your hands and look at the detail you will see.Not something you are going to duplicate without a good amount of investment(this is a CaseLabs 10 port backplate,they sell a backplate and a motherboard tray(HPTX),that sits in its own tray,I bought two and I just can't remember the price,but it was up there.
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