I picked this up because it looked like brushed metal from the photos, which it only does in person from across the room. Once you're up close it just looks like any other plastic case. For what these plastic tubes are, there's no reason for them to cost what they do. I understand making a profit, but come on, Jeff. You could sell these for ten dollars and still be making a nice profit. But thirty dollars?? Am I really supposed to believe that this silly plastic shell is worth 1/3 of the cost of my Echo??