Is Keyport Just An $80 Key Holder? You Decide….

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At Keyport, we are not immune to the $80 key holder comment. We give considerable thought to our pricing, and it is our sincere hope that all of our customers feel that the product’s value far exceeds the dollar cost. However, we are not sure that comparing the cost of a fully loaded Keyport to a traditional keychain is a true apples-to-apples comparison. It’s a bit like saying, “I can’t believe you purchased an iPhone when my rotary phone makes phone calls too and didn’t cost me $299.”

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So, in an effort to encourage a fair and balanced dialog between the “Haves” (Keyport owners) and “Have Nots”, we would ask that you consider the following:

Traditional Keychain Plus Accoutrements

  • Novelty keychain – $3+
  • Designer keychain – $20+
  • Standard aftermarket key blank – $3+
  • Standard original manufacturer’s key blank – $6+
  • Painted/logo keys – $8+
  • Specialty / high-security keys like Assa and Medeco, etc. – Between $15 and $25 per key
  • Chipped auto key (valet) – Approx. $50 – $150 per programmed key
  • USB thumb drive – 4GB @ $15+
  • LED light – $8+
  • Bottle Opener – $3.50+

* these are approximate numbers for the sake of discussion – we’ve seen both higher and lower

In order to make an informed comparison, it is important to calculate how much the Have Nots have paid for their current setup because we can assume it wasn’t free or even within $20 of free if the keychain contains anything other than standard keys.

Now that we have established the Have Nots’ baseline, we are getting closer to making a legitimate comparison to a Keyport plus 6 inserts.  But in order to make a true apples-to-apples comparison, there is one more important step.  The crux of the value equation is dependent upon determining how much the Have Nots would consider paying to put their top 6 (keys, thumb drive, LED, bottle opener, etc.) into a single compact device that:

  • fits in the fifth pocket of your jeans
  • is extremely lightweight – a loaded Keyport actually weighs less than six keys (around 2oz.) – our keys (Blades) don’t have the heavy heads
  • always keeps keys in the same position so that the user knows exactly which key is which even in the dark
  • is designed, manufactured, and hand assembled in the USA with the highest quality materials available
  • you can remove Keyport keys (Blades) from the device faster than you can take a key off a keyring and loan or swap it out
  • does not rattle… ever
  • loose keys cannot scratch the handlebars of your motorcycle when riding
  • loose keys cannot dangle, jingle, and rub on your leg while driving your car
  • includes a Lost & Found program that utilizes a unique serial number to reunite the recovered device with its owner when found
  • does not scratch the lens of your iPod, mobile phone, or shades when they share a pocket or bag
  • makes an awesome conversation starter
  • makes the user look more like James Bond than Jerry the Janitor….
  • does not shred pockets, stab the user in the leg, or worse….a torn scrotum? Have you seen The Office, Season 6, “Niagara” episode?  OUCH! Watch this…


If that doesn’t strike a chord with the Have Nots, then the Haves may want to follow that up with a brief comparison of the two in real-life situations.  Owning a Keyport vs. a traditional keychain means:

  • you don’t have to put down the bag of groceries to open your front door
  • you don’t have to look at your Keyport when approaching the door, the keys are always in the same location and easy to memorize
  • you can shine a light on the lock and open the door – all with one hand (LED light insert coming next month)
  • your girlfriend/wife/mother no longer has her head buried in her purse searching for her keys in a dark parking lot by herself
  • you don’t have to hide your keys from prying eyes because they are already hidden in the housing
  • your toddlers cannot get a hold of your keys and put them in their mouths or fall on them
  • you don’t have to remove your front door key each time you want to go for a run
  • you don’t have to carry a separate key for your motorcycle anymore because your Keyport does not scratch the handlebars while flopping all over the place in the wind as a traditional keychain would do

Considering all of the above, we think that the difference is pretty much in the range of worth it….don’t you?

So, if that doesn’t convince any Have Not that you were a thought leader…a visionary…dare we say a gadgetorial pioneer in proudly purchasing your Keyport before they show up in Best Buy and WalMart, then we at Keyport hope you will invite them to enter our upcoming Ugliest Keychain Contest where the winner will get a free Keyport!

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33 Responses to Is Keyport Just An $80 Key Holder? You Decide….

  1. Philip Wrigh says:

    I admit the price is a bit above my range but ever since I first saw the keyport some time ago online that it was in the making and on the way, I saw the vision and all the possibilities this little item had the potential of becoming and all I was wondering was when it would come to market and why I didn’t have the money to bring this idea myself to the public, with that said I bought mine and have acquired all the accessories available so far and waiting impatiently for the rest of the other items they are about to release also. With that said I plan on getting my wife one for her everyday usage, it’s great for all ignitions because people aren’t aware that too many keys hanging down will ruin the ignition eventually from driving around and the bumps make the keys jiggle in the ignition waring it out. I love my keyport.

  2. Chris C says:

    The Keyport is not over priced, it is just a quality product. There is that old saying hat you get what you pay for, and it is absolutely true with the keyport. I remember waiting for years for my keyport from the initial announcement, to the actual release. That is a lot of anticipation to live up to, but the keyport continues to prove it’s worth after owning one.

    The fact is that with the key port it makes your life easier multiple times a day every day. How many other keychains can save you that time and frustration? I don’t think I could ever go back to a normal key chain now.

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  25. D. Jones says:

    Love the LED insert idea (would be better if it were integrated into the housing so as not to use a blade slot), but it absofreakinglutly needs user-replaceable batteries.

  26. Colin Pye says:

    It’s a tempting set of arguments, but I still would need to have the remote for the car… although with the newer cars using a proximity-style key that can stay in your pocket, perhaps that argument is becoming moot. Still, that doesn’t help me currently, with a car that doesn’t even have a key hole on the passenger side or the trunk! Then there’s Father’s car, the truck, and the snowblower (a handy item for Canadians :-) , so that’s three more keys (and a total of three remotes), which is why I currently have a key rack on the way out of the house, with separate vehicle rings (with matched remotes), a “house clip”, and the Extras ring, which includes a key for a set of 4 keyed-alike padlocks, the afore-mentioned snow blower, and the lawn mower.

    Let me know if you consider a double-ended version, possibly with a remote-replacement option, for those janitors out there who could use a 12-key solution, or for those who need places for extra gadget blades. For those who work outside of their home, it seems easy to fill a Keyport with a home/lobby/office/lobby/car/chip set, without leaving room for a motorcycle (or, dare I suggest, a snowmobile or boat.)

    By the way, were you aware that the Bottle Opener is commonly referred to as a “Church Key”?

    • keyport says:

      Thanks for the feedback, I’ve never heard of the Church Key:) You can always attach your remote to the Keyport’s detachable lanyard and get separate Keyports just like you have separate rings for your current setup.

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  29. Gilbert M. says:

    So, I hope you guys were just joking when you said the Best Buy or Walmart thing! PLEASE don’t bring it to those stores. If you do, the keyport MUST go up in price at least $200. =P Otherwise, I’ll stop using it cuz it won’t be cool anymore!

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  31. RAMIRO FLORES says:

    how can i order and how you can copy my diferent kyes

    • Michelle - Keyport Rep says:

      Hi Ramiro!

      We are glad to provide you with ordering instructions.

      1. Order your Keyport, Blades, and Accessories through our online store at store.mykeyport.com. You will want to purchase Standard Blades for all keys except chipped auto keys. For chipped auto keys, please select a Chipped Auto Blade. To find out if your auto’s key is chipped and if it is On Board Programmable, please enter your vehicle’s information here: http://autodb.mykeyport.com/bundle_configs/one
      2. Download the Key ID Form, and fill it out per the instructions included with the form.
      3. Upload your photos to our Secure Upload Facility.

      For international orders outside the USA & Canada, please visit our International Start page here: http://store.mykeyport.com/international-start

      You may also wish to check out our video on how to order here: http://vimeo.com/29234544

      Once you receive your Keyport Blades, you will take those Blades along with your original keys to a Certified Locksmith to get them duplicated, usually for about $1 – $2 per Blade.

      We hope this information is helpful. Have a good day!