MuckyDucky
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Raspberry Pi Cases

Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:04 pm

Hi there,
By way of introduction, I'm Joel, 15 years old, from the UK. I've been a Raspberry Pi enthusiast for almost a year now and have since developed a strong interest in the subject. Lately, I've had my eye on a cheap (ish) laser cutter to make my own Pi cases. While this would be awesome, spending £450 on a laser cutter to make a few cases would obviously be astronomically flamboyant - so I came up with the idea of selling my designs. Even this idea has its flaws, as I've spend a substantial amount of time thinking each and every one through. First, I thought about demand. While this idea may take off, it may also fail (trust me -- I've made plenty of silly investments). However, I could use the cutting machine for a thousand other things.

Anyway, my question; who would buy one of these cases if I were to purchase a laser cutter? I drew up some unconfirmed numbers and worked out £5-£6 GBP shipped inland, and £7 shipped internationally. Of course, this idea is not set in stone, I am simply gathering interest.

In addition to the aforementioned drawbacks, I will also struggle to find a payment processor willing to work with a minor. So how many of you would purchase for Bitcoin? Please reply anyway if not and let me know why -- every bit of feedback helps. :)

Have a great evening.

Take care,
MuckyDucky.

MoosePi
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Re: Raspberry Pi Cases

Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:36 pm

Very enterprising, but have you looked on Ebay ? the market for Cheap Cases seems to be pretty saturated, from £2.50 inc P&P

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Transparent-C ... 1006523883
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MuckyDucky
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Re: Raspberry Pi Cases

Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:49 pm

MoosePi wrote:Very enterprising, but have you looked on Ebay ? the market for Cheap Cases seems to be pretty saturated, from £2.50 inc P&P

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Transparent-C ... 1006523883
That's a good observation, MoosePi.

What do you think of the Bitcoin idea? Maybe a bit of design diversity could change things?

berighteous
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Re: Raspberry Pi Cases

Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:55 pm

I did an ebay search for "raspberry Pi case" and got 565 results. The market is flooded with $6 cases with free shipping from china. If you make a really pretty case you can get some sales, but I think you'd never make your investment back if you're buying the machine just to make this product.

I'm in the same process. I'm buying a CNC machine primarily to make arcade cabinet kits, but I'm also researching and designing a whole line of products I can cut and produce with the machine - puzzles, wooden toys, dollhouse kits, furniture, decorative carved signs and plaques, etc. I think it's better to take a shotgun approach - make as many products as you can and see if you can sell enough of all of them to make back the investment and turn a profit. Then focus more time and energy on the products you like most and those that sell the most. (they may not be the same products, lol)

MuckyDucky
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Re: Raspberry Pi Cases

Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:07 pm

berighteous wrote:I did an ebay search for "raspberry Pi case" and got 565 results. The market is flooded with $6 cases with free shipping from china. If you make a really pretty case you can get some sales, but I think you'd never make your investment back if you're buying the machine just to make this product.

I'm in the same process. I'm buying a CNC machine primarily to make arcade cabinet kits, but I'm also researching and designing a whole line of products I can cut and produce with the machine - puzzles, wooden toys, dollhouse kits, furniture, decorative carved signs and plaques, etc. I think it's better to take a shotgun approach - make as many products as you can and see if you can sell enough of all of them to make back the investment and turn a profit. Then focus more time and energy on the products you like most and those that sell the most. (they may not be the same products, lol)
Sounds good, but again - the larger the product to be manufactured, the larger the machine, therefore the larger cost for me...

Thanks for your input so far guys. I've evaluated hundreds of ideas for a small start-up -- websites, online services and the like... All of which I started off for free to gauge interest but none really took off (or started at all). I shall keep thinking then. :)

Thanks guys,
MuckyDucky. :)

mathiasdk1
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Re: Raspberry Pi Cases

Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:38 pm

Hello MuckyDucky. I think you are having quite an awesome idea, but i just think that the market is allready too big, for such a small fish as you. I would really like to see some of your designs though, and your prices are fair (£6-£7)

Have a nice day
- Mathias

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