Sellers of hand made laptop cases have been accused of exploiting their ability to have made to fit accessories on sale ahead of mass manufacturers by over charging. On the popular forum MacRumors.com, forum member bella92108 said:
"Sorry, I don't support businesses who try and capitalize on the short-term business when a product is released. Companies like Incase are better because when they release a product they don't try to jack up the price to get early adopters who have limited choices. Shameful way to do business. Guessing that's why there are so many mom and pop case makers that come and go.
I just wish the big guys were a bit quicker to the plate with new cases."
It's true that craft based manufacturers who design, make and sell their products and do not out source production overseas can respond very quickly. As soon as Apple releases a new device, they can almost overnight have made to fit products on sale but not in any quantity. With most made to order products there is a wait time for your order to be made compared to buying ready made, off the shelf.
But prices on hand made marketplaces like Etsy vary a lot, depending on what you buy. They can be more or less than buying a mass market brand. Apple's store currently sells Incase and Speck 13 inch MacBook cases for $49.95 (approx £32.00). Prices on Etsy for a MacBook 13 inch sleeve range from $3.95 (approx £2.60) for a hand crochet sleeve to $140.00 (approx £90.00) for a hand stitched leather case.
The price you pay is about more than whether something is hand made or ready made. Materials used plays a part as does method of manufacture as does any premium charged for brands over no logo products, something Apple fans know all about.