iPhone replacement parts, and a warning

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  1. SuperColossal macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys. I'm working on starting a small iPhone repair shop in my town, and I'm looking for suppliers of parts. I know it's impossible to get actual OEM parts, but I'm looking for as close as I can get.

    I know iFixit has very high quality parts and a near-perfect reputation, but their parts are also rather expensive. Do you guys know of any other places to get good replacement parts for cheaper than iFixit? I've bought from iCracked as well, but I don't need all the tools and things they include. I'm looking for just parts.

    ALSO a heads-up for anyone else looking to buy parts. DO NOT BUY FROM APPLEPARTSSTORE.COM. I made a ~$200 order with them, and they never shipped it, never answered my phone calls, and never answered my emails. They are nothing but scammers.

    Thanks
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    eBay. Buy up broken phones for parts.
    The reason why iFixit is expensive is because the parts as a whole are expensive and not widely available. If you want to do this as a business then price your repairs accordingly.
     
  3. SuperColossal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Do you have any tips on finding parts that are high quality on eBay? There are literally hundreds of people selling them, and a lot of them are awful and look nothing like original. Any tips appreciated.
     
  4. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    If you've started a new business then please don't take this the wrong way but it sounds like you've not completed a thorough business module before doing so.

    The problem with buying non working models off auction sites is that the fault listed by the owner is guess work and vague and can often involve the failure of more than one section of the unit.

    If I'm wanting a repair carried out by a non apple engineer then I would expect high end parts and would expect to pay for this and labour.
     
  5. macingman macrumors 68020

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    If you read the post again you'll see that the OP is CONSIDERING starting a business.
     
  6. CyBeRino macrumors 6502a

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    That's because iFixit parts are original. They take an iPhone (or iPod, or Mac, whatever), disassemble it and sell the parts.
     
  7. sulpfiction macrumors 68030

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    I didn't see "CONSDERING" anywhere??:confused:
     
  8. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    Lol.

    They are working on !

    To me that's one of the first stages of making a business module.

    I'm not sure if macrumors is a good place to find leads to businesses supplying parts and then bad mouth another company.
     
  9. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    I didn't know that is how they do it, but I knew they were OEM parts
     
  10. duc76 macrumors newbie

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    Yes, stay away from APPLEPARTSSTORE.COM. I ordered a replacement iphone screen and it didn't work right, had them send me another and it didn't work at all. Sent the parts back through their RMA process, 6 months of me emailing them with no luck on getting my refund. They have an F with the BBB and 2 complaints.
     
  11. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    ive never ordered from them, but etech parts apparently has quality stuff and are a US based brick and mortar place in kansas. they also do whole sale orders, perfect for your possible business. i would choose them over asian based websites.

    http://www.etechparts.com/Wholesale-Parts-s/371.htm
     
  12. mdr101 macrumors newbie

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    iPhone Repair, iPad Repair, and iPod Repair

    We have bought parts from iCracked, eTech, eBay, Amazon, a guy in a van, and many other places. Some stuff is more expensive than others, but if you look hard enough you can find the same quality for a cheaper price.
     
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