I think Dan meant not that you can add $20 to your order and pick an arbitrary color (kind of logistics nightmare), but "providing each additional color choice will drive the price up by $20"; i.e. price is uniform regardless of color, three additional colors to choose from -- additional $60 even for a black one.
That is not how Dan stated it. As his response a bit further down explains, my understanding of his statement is correct. I do thank you for the alternative perspective though. Different countries, different languages, different people with different ideals, descriptions and points of view can be misinterpreted easily.
Cant you just paint the silver one? just scuff it up and paint over it.
I would rather be able to buy the item in the color I prefer. I don't want to pay for a finish then work to refinish it because the finish it was finished in wasn't the finish I want.
Every new color next to silver or black has to match a MOQ. Every case with the new color will costs me $20 more (now you have to add RMA units/parts, TAX, percental profit, Reseller percental profit). EXAMPLE: So at the end a silver or black unit will costs $200 while a red unit would costs ~$230 or more.
If the request is high enough extra colors are possible.
^ Yes. This. I am fine with spending a bit more to get what I prefer. Operative word here is, bit. There is a limit. To me spending about $235.00 USD-ish for a custom color is fine.
Another topic is internal parts. If you own(ed) a A4 or M1 you know that the paint get easily scratched. Normal painting does not stick very well on aluminum. Should I move to steel for the internal parts. The weight would be 3.5kg vs 1.7kg.
Yes, this is true. I also know new paint techniques and compounds that are used in the paint and painting processes yield great results. Take a look at the aluminum body panels on vehicles and boats.
I have done the "scuff up" method of paint preparing aluminum in the Navy and at home for various projects. Using self-etching primer or a product designed to etch soft metals as a preparation for painting works very well. In the end I get it though. You have to keep the project cost effective and you can never make a product all things to all people. It is simply impossible. I prefer a color choice, but in the end, it isn't the only deciding factor to making a purchase.
I can attest to that. But wow, x2 the weight for different colour is a trade-off I would never do. But to each their own I suppose.
If carrying around in backpack or other, I completely agree. The heavier steel to aluminum weight difference is significant. I don't generally carry my PCs around. To me, that aspect isn't important, but only up to a point. I don't want to have rent a lift truck to do maintenance either. Then again my current rig is a 5 radiator double D5 dual pedestal custom water loop CaseLabs Merlin ST10. Thank the good Lord for wheels and refrigerator sized doors.
It has nothing to do with different colors. The weight has to do going from aluminum to steel to have a more robust painting on internal parts and the top panel.