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I am considering investing in a new build entirely from scratch with custom window-work and custom length cables, basically all-in everything imaginable will be done to this case.
I then intend to sell it for a profit, does that sound like a decent idea?

I don't know of many places that will sell a beautiful custom gaming PC as a single item, so I was hoping it'd be unique enough to sell.
I'm not imagining shifting big units, but I'd like to make one or two, then sell them on individually before considering any kind of ordering process..

I also realize my only option is to invest quite a large sum (north of £800 - for all components etc) and then try to sell it.. but I am a little hesitant..
post #2 of 16
From my experience, the people who want modded cases are enthusiasts. Most enthusiasts take pride in doing things themselves (one of the reasons they are considered enthusiasts).

What are you planning on charging for the modded case over the stock price (how much profit are you looking to make)? An ordering process would be probably best since you don't really toss the money and time into space without a timeline for compensation. (I know you said that you weren't looking at an ordering process, but it's still my suggestion.)

If your modded cases are affordable then you might have a few biters, but for most major things that modders like to do, it will generally be enthusiasts performing self-service I think. Just my opinion. thumb.gif I would like to see the ideas you have for the mods though XD I like to see cool builds being done!
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I guess I was kind of aiming at the people that like to buy prebuilds - so instead of an off-the-shelf case and a simple put together, they'd be offered carefully customised and meticulously put together computers, for a similar price..
I know a handful of people who bought PC's from companies like DinoPC and Cyberpower, when they arrived it was just a lame motherboard with a decent chip and gpu, no cable management, no care..
I guess I'd be offering equivalent or better PCs - with a thought to themes and styles, at the same price point..
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I guess I was kind of aiming at the people that like to buy prebuilds - so instead of an off-the-shelf case and a simple put together, they'd be offered carefully customised and meticulously put together computers, for a similar price..
I know a handful of people who bought PC's from companies like DinoPC and Cyberpower, when they arrived it was just a lame motherboard with a decent chip and gpu, no cable management, no care..
I guess I'd be offering equivalent or better PCs - with a thought to themes and styles, at the same price point..

Ohhhh. I thought you were meaning just the cases! Still, an ordering system is better since everyone will want different things and will require the least amount of overhead. The idea is good, it just needs some refinement.

What type of builds are you offering? What ranges are you looking at pricewise? What is your overhead on advertising/processing/handling orders? (Don't say you don't need advertising because if you want commercial production you do XD) Plan it as if you are going to be moving large numbers and you will be prepared. I would go with a web-based business model for order processing since you can use that as inventory control. As you make profit, get components on sale for inventory.

Care is subjective. Many users don't realize that their computer has been mass produced and has no care put into the production. If you can make people see that what you're doing is different, you have a chance biggrin.gif
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Why not submit some of your works here and shoot to become an OCN artison?
    
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I had considered OCN Artisan, but I am afraid - we're a (generally) very knowledgeable and compassionate community, but as I am one I would only be processing a single build at a time. Also there's an incredibly high standard from the Artisans on this site, and I am unsure if I'll be able to produce to quite their standards..

When I first thought of this I was planning to build each rig myself with no order, then sell it as a one-off.. because I was planning to build before I had a customer (and selling in conventional second hand areas and marketplaces, whilst stressing it's 100% new status) my price range is limited, as I'll be funding it.. anywhere up to £900 really.

I wasn't planning on a model where I needed advertising, more just to sell on pre-existing market places..
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I had considered OCN Artisan, but I am afraid - we're a (generally) very knowledgeable and compassionate community, but as I am one I would only be processing a single build at a time. Also there's an incredibly high standard from the Artisans on this site, and I am unsure if I'll be able to produce to quite their standards..

When I first thought of this I was planning to build each rig myself with no order, then sell it as a one-off.. because I was planning to build before I had a customer (and selling in conventional second hand areas and marketplaces, whilst stressing it's 100% new status) my price range is limited, as I'll be funding it.. anywhere up to £900 really.

I wasn't planning on a model where I needed advertising, more just to sell on pre-existing market places..

The problem is that you are trying to sell high-end products to low-end users generally in the 2nd hand markets. You're floating alot of money in the air waiting on a buyer to bite and will likely lose money on the deal if you can't leave it floating for months. It isn't profitable to do so since that money is tied up in physical assets that you likely can't get the original money from.
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I realise, unfortunately this is the only way I could see it working, I have no reputation - so creating a website and taking orders would be difficult - OCN Artisans deal with multiple orders at once, I am a student with a job and my free time is limited, which is why I would like to build and then sell..
I am not looking for an income but more for a hobby.

I don't think they're low end users, I am aiming at the same people that buy £1000 pre-built computers, with GTX780's and 770's and 4770k's - I know a lot of people that bought instead of built on high end PCs..
post #9 of 16
Its a good idea on paper until you go to try and sell it, at least around here in the states. Most places you would sell a PC around here would be craigslist or eBay and on those sites people are not likely going to be that interested into a custom modded case, and more into something with a warranty. Most of the custom built PC's ive seen for sale in these parts are either really overpriced and nobody is interested or they sell for cheap, like below the price of the parts cheap, so you would be selling at a loss.
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I suppose I could create a website, as an Independent Custom PC builder.. and therefore could take orders..
I think I'd make 2/3 rigs first, and have build logs here, then offer them to sell on the marketplace? (if that's allowed)
before showcasing the rigs on my site and starting work there exclusively..
Sort of like MDPC's website, but with a showcase (with links to buy) and then an order form..
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