If you've been in the market for a flight case to protect your critical equipment while you're traveling or on tour, then you've probably seen the gamut of cases available. If that's true, you've probably also seen that the prices range by a considerable margin. You might have asked yourself why the prices vary by so much - especially considering that the cases might look nearly identical to the untrained eye. We'll go into some of the pros and cons of different qualities of cases, as well as key indicators that you're looking at a case that's been imported from China or another mass-produced facility.
First, you should ask yourself what you'll be doing with your shiny new case. Will you be traveling? Will it be flown on a plane, shipped across the country, or used more than 1-2 times a month? If so, purchasing a cheap case purely based on the price would be like setting your hard-earned money ablaze.
If you're a weekend DJ/musician/photographer or someone that doesn't plan to store expensive gear in your new flight case, the imported cases are a viable option. The pricing is better than any quality case on the market, and it is a hard deal to pass on. Just keep in mind that any quality product isn't cheap, and the money you'll save now will result in diminished quality - potentially resulting in expensive repairs (which can't be done in some cases) or a new higher quality case in the long run.
Inexpensive cases are inexpensive for a reason. Every corner that can be cut, will be. That much is a guarantee. Nobody decides to sell their Porsche or their mansion in the hills for anything less than what it is worth. The same applies to manufactured goods. The manufacturing facilities are out to make money, and at the prices they're selling their cases for, they still need to make a profit. In an industry where margins are already small, it's almost frightening to think about how much money they're really spending to manufacture a case.
Here are a couple of ways to easily spot an imported case:
If you are a professional and use expensive equipment, there's really only one option, and that is a quality case. The peace of mind in knowing that your equipment will show up to the gig safely and securely is priceless - especially when you realize that Encore A&S cases are built to last a lifetime, and you probably won't need to do a thing other than a small repair or adjustment after years of use. You won't have to frantically look for another case to replace your broken one in the middle of your travels - you'll be able to focus on the task at hand and let your case do the job it was designed for.
If you have any questions regarding the differences between imported vs American cases, or if you would like to inquire about our products, please give us a call at 818.768.8803, send us an email at [email protected], or live chat with a Product Specialist on our website.