If you were in the market for a customisable, super high-end case — we're talking more than a few hundred dollars here — then chances are you'd need a custom job. CaseLabs was one such manufacturer filling the void, with their top of the line Magnum offering selling for around $1100 pre-shipping.
But they won't be in business anymore, with the company announcing on their website that "they have been forced into bankruptcy and liquidation".
The Californian-based company said that it, along with its parent company, that it would be "closing permanently". Along with the default of a large account, they noted that tariffs recently imposed by the White House have risen prices "by almost 80%", with associated shortages savaging their margins.
"We are doing our best to ship as many orders as we can, but we won’t be able to ship them all. Parts orders should all ship, but we won’t be able to fulfil the full backlog of case orders," CaseLabs wrote.
"We understand that there will likely be a great deal of understandable anger over this and we sincerely apologise. We looked at every option we had. This is certainly not what we envisioned. Some things were just out of our control. We thought we had a way to move forward, but it failed and we disabled the website from taking any more orders."
Their announcement on Facebook has been met with sadness, with some users posting pictures of their setups. Caselabs noted that "we reached out for a possible deal that would allow us to continue on and persevere", but their attempts fell through.
Consumers will be watching closely to see how other boutique manufacturers (particularly those that rely on aluminium or steel production from China) continue to cope. As for Caselabs, all orders that can't be fulfiled will be refunded.
"It was a privilege to serve you and we are so very sorry things turned out this way," the company wrote.