Originally Posted by popups
Carbon fiber is very expensive. It's also very timing consuming to produce an item out of. Using metals is timing consuming as well. Metals are also expensive, even if you cast the object. Plastics are the way to go. There are different plastics out there.
If there was an extremely durable mouse it would be the only mouse you use for many years. Selling one mouse to one person in 5-10 years hurts profits. They would have to increase their prices, which won't work when there is cheaper offerings competing.
well, you can buy a carbon fiber bike for under $700, plus that includes a profit margin. So you use what, like a 10th of that on a mouse, so under $70 worth of carbon fiber, with all other costs, you'd think the total retail cost wouldn't need to exceed $150-$200.
that would also just prevent the structural part from failing, something like the switches, feet, or sensor could still fail, then you sell the parts for the mouse where you can manage a huge mark up because when something like the switches go bad, are people going to throw out their expensive carbon fiber mouse and spend $60-$200 on a new gaming mouse or spend like $20 to replace the switches on the top quality gaming mouse? A lot would chose the latter. Only reason people don't spend money on the parts when they break is because the bodies are PoS plastic that they're willing to throw away.Edited by Atavax - 10/26/13 at 1:12pm