What makes some glass items "luxury" and others low end?

sexiskewt sexiskewt
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When it comes to toy prices, I appreciate that material and design play a part in the price. Usually the differences are obvious between the expensive and inexpensive toy qualities. But when it comes to glass toys, I don't understand what makes something like the Pink Rotator by SSA Glass cost $30 while the Bump Juicer by Phallix has a list price of $149. They are both made out of pyrex glass and they utilize very similar designs... Can there really be a difference so significant that it's worth an additional $100?
12/26/2011
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Taylor Taylor
I have been wondering the same thing. Hopefully someone will be able to give some insight into this.
12/26/2011
Nothere Nothere
I'm quite curious myself. I know that some glass pieces, like the Icicles 22 at original price (around 60), are more expensive because of the design. I'm assuming it's much harder to blow the patterns and the different colors. But 200 dollar glass vs. 30? I just don't get it.
12/26/2011
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
A lot of it depends on how difficult it is to make. Different colors, intricate shapes, and things like that will jack up the price quite a bit. (A dichrotic dildo, for example, is naturally going to cost way more than something clear.) I'm not a glass blower, though, so I can't really say what the most difficult effects to achieve are.

In other cases, it's just the company itself. SSA Glass is usually pretty cheap while Phallix toys are expensive.
12/26/2011
indiglo indiglo
Nire is right. It all depends on the artist making the piece. Pyrex/borosilicate glass is pyrex glass, but the artist creating the piece makes all the difference. The dichroic toys are a much more difficult pieces to make and required more skilled craftspeople and more time to make.

They feel the same in use, just some are prettier or fancier than others.

The different companies just use different processes and different artists to make their pieces, hence the price differences. It's all the same material when you get down to it.

Here is some additional information on dichroic glass, and what makes it different from plain old clear, or single colored glass: What is dichroic glass?
12/26/2011
Missmarc Missmarc
When it's the same shape and same size, I generally go for the version cheaper by $180.
12/26/2011
namelesschaos namelesschaos
In some cases I would say quality control however, the weird thing about the comparison between SSA and Phallix is that both have a reputation for having inconsistent product. So I don't know.
12/26/2011
sexiskewt sexiskewt
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Originally posted by Missmarc
When it's the same shape and same size, I generally go for the version cheaper by $180.
Haha, that's what I'm thinking. I get the pieces that are blown with color and other intricacies being pricier, but when they're both clear pyrex glass "juicers" I can't imagine anyone thinking, "I better get the $200 version!" I like pretty toys but I also like having a bunch of them in my collection. All the toys I own cost under $35 and I'm totally satisfied!

I think I'll keep my eye on classy affordable glass toys like the Blossom G and the Cyclone wand for now. Whoever sets the prices for SSA Glass is my hero.
12/26/2011
sexiskewt sexiskewt
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Originally posted by namelesschaos
In some cases I would say quality control however, the weird thing about the comparison between SSA and Phallix is that both have a reputation for having inconsistent product. So I don't know.
What kind of inconsistencies do their products have?
12/26/2011
indiglo indiglo
Any time you have a product where each item is hand made, there will be variations. (There is even variation with the pure silicone toys too, some are a little thicker or thinner than others, etc.)

The issue some have had in the past with the SSA glass toys is that the toy was actually totally redesigned, and Eden didn't have an updated product picture. Several months ago they went through and tried to update all product pictures though, so while there will be some variations due to the individual nature of the product, most of them should be up to date as far as toy design goes.

I've bought several SSA glass toys, and they were all as pictured, with some slight variations due to the fact that they're hand made.
12/27/2011
kendra30752 kendra30752
I've been wondering the same! I bought the rotator for less than $15 and there are some that are the same, but diff colors and are just ridiculously priced. I don't pay ove $100 for a glass dildo. The cheaper ones can be just as amazing. I really can't understand some of the outrageous prices for glass.
12/27/2011
Badass Badass
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Originally posted by sexiskewt
When it comes to toy prices, I appreciate that material and design play a part in the price. Usually the differences are obvious between the expensive and inexpensive toy qualities. But when it comes to glass toys, I don't understand what makes ... More
i think you are pretty much paying more for the "brand name" items.
02/01/2012
charletnarouh charletnarouh
I'd been wondering this too. Is there any difference with breakability or overall quality between manufacturers?
02/01/2012
sexiskewt sexiskewt
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Originally posted by charletnarouh
I'd been wondering this too. Is there any difference with breakability or overall quality between manufacturers?
I've dropped my SSA Glass toys all over the place and one of them lives in the bag I carry with me every day. I've never so much as chipped one and SSA Glass has the lowest prices on the glass toy market. I can't imagine that any other company is making a product worth hundreds of dollars more... They all say they're made out of pyrex glass too.
02/02/2012
xlustlovex xlustlovex
idk maybe company name too, or how they make it. just because its the same type of glass doesnt mean they made it the same exact way.
05/28/2012
Porygorish Porygorish
Why are these so expensive... :/
09/20/2012
Undecided Undecided
I am not sure myself but my fave one I paid $8 for
09/20/2012
Catan Catan
According to other posts here, its a difference in production costs:
SSA Glass products are made in China, and Phallix in USA; big difference in wages and businesses costs there!
05/03/2013
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