Tablet cases--even simple sleeves--are expensive. I can understand spending $40 to $100 for a ruggedized tablet case, but for a basic sleeve? No thank you.
Still, it's a good idea to have some sort of case for your shiny new tablet, to protect it against scratches, scrapes, and minor drops. You can usually find these lightly padded sleeves in various colors and designs for sale on Etsy, a site for hand-made items. Unfortunately, at $30 and $60 (plus shipping), Etsy tablet sleeves aren't cheap. Here's how to make a simple, envelope-style sleeve for your iPad or Android tablet.