Hey guys. New to the forum. My mind has been pondering over the last few days about conducting an online arcade case business. So I thought to get some feedback from the community.
With a lot of competition going on, what I want to try and inspire is a premium arcade case at a very minimal cost(plus legitimate worldwide shipping rates). How could it be done? Well I would be working in my own home hand making them after hours, so I wouldn’t employ anyone, nor rent a place.
After seeing a few threads on this website regarding custom home made arcade cases, I was wondering if there is a market for this? Do people actually buy home made custom cases off indie sites? Or just buy mainstream content since anyone can make their own at home? My ball with that is that they’d have to spend a bit on the tools and materials, so it works out to be expensive that way.
I don’t really have a “hip” or new artistic style in mind for the design of the case, just a generic thin rectangular prism shape with good quality wood, polished, plexiglass above and below for interior viewing, a double sided mirror with a transparent graphic image (and maybe interior LED lights for a type of hover visual). After checking out some sites and calculating costs, the materials for a standard arcade case should cost about $25 (wood, plexiglass, screws, paint/polish, maybe LED lights), but I haven’t seen any case for this price… that looks remotely decent to say the least. The rest is all just machinery and labor. Which is where I think I could benefit from this business.
Anyway, tips, ideas, suggestions for an indie developer, if this is a terrible idea, I’d like to hear it.