Originally Posted by Case Labs
Tempered glass has very little to do with build quality. Clearly, we have our critics, but having a tempered glass window that will sell in a case with 100K unit sales will be quite different than a case that sell in the hundreds.They typically choose to ignore that and insist that we meet par without consideration to volume. That is unrealistic, if not naive. On the other hand, we offer features that you will never see in a mainstream case. Good luck finding a case from the "big guys" that meets out build quality. We all know it won't happen because their pricing formulas are very different than ours and their cases would cost over $1K if they met our standards.
That's not to say that we won't update our designs to meet market demand (we will), but beware the "armchair MBAs" who would presume to tell us "how things should be" without any credentials to back themselves up. Once asked, they will likely slink away into the darkness from which they came.
No, "We all know it won't happen because their pricing formulas are very different than ours and their cases would cost over $1K if they met our standards." That's just absurd.
I ran an estimate again with One Day Glass
in Vancouver, WA for 10 ea of 1/8" x 16" x 16" tempered glass. The total for all ten pieces was $126.80 ($12.68 each) plus $39.00 for shipping all ten pieces to Tempe, AZ. That amounts to only $16.58 each.
For only one piece of glass, the cost was $20 plus $16 shipping for a total of $36. You can see how the cost goes down dramatically when ordering just ten pieces of glass instead of one and you would probably be ordering far more than that; more like dozens, if not hundreds (per your own statement above).
This estimate was for glass with a seamed edge finish (the edges are sanded to eliminate sharp edges but will have some minor defects) and no holes. You do not need holes to install a window. 20 mil, 3/4" 3M VHB tape will hold more than adequately and costs only $3.55 per window when bought in 72 yard rolls from Find Tape.com
(it would take a bit less than 1.8 yards to mount one 16" square window), including shipping from Nevada to Tempe, AZ.
That's a little less than $21 per window when ordered in lots of ten. Based on the number of requests for tempered glass windows in another thread where you all asked what people would like to see in Case Labs cases (it was one of the most frequent requests, if not the most frequent), I'm sure most people would be willing to pay that much extra per window for tempered glass on a case that cost several hundred dollars. Since I'm sure you would be able to order more than just ten of any size, you should be able to beat even these prices.