Website that sells real OEM parts?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by ThunderApple, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. ThunderApple macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2010
    Does anyone know any legit website that sells REAL OEM parts? There are so many websites that claim they sell OEM Screens but they're actually just rip offs.

    I'm looking to change my screen to white but I've heard most rip off LCD have bad proximity and the glass is also cheap.
  2. BrassPro macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2012
    I think it's illegal to sell the real OEMs. :D So you might have to go with the knockoffs.
  3. ThunderApple thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2010
    It is? Bummer. :(

    Anyone know any good website that sell good parts then? For not a crazy price.
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
  5. normanbates macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2011
    I've bought plenty of parts from eBay (some of them claim to be OEM) and never had a problem with them. Just check their feedback scores as a good indication to the quality
  6. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Genuine Apple parts? The only way you will get them is to by from a seller who has stripped down old or non-functioning Macs....Plenty of places where these people sell stuff, a Google search should help.
  7. normanbates macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2011
  8. Ray- macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2012
    It's true, there are only 3 sources of genuine Apple parts. #1 are parts stolen out of Foxconn factories, #2 are ones stripped and salvaged from broken iPhones, and #3 are ones from the various Apple parts suppliers and they make "extra" and sell them outside of the Apple supply chain.

    I've been to the wholesale markets in Shenzhen (where Foxconn's biggest factories are in China and the mecca of electronic parts) more times than I can count and I haven't been able to find a reliable, consistent supplier for any 3 of the above. So'll have to take a grain of salt with anyone that claims they sell genuine parts.

    I'm not saying it's not out there, but without an official source, you can't really say with a 100% what you're getting is what you asked for.
  9. ThunderApple thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2010
  10. macingman macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2011
    Also by the way I wouldn't buy from either TVC mall or case part. Both websites are both down displaying the same message saying they'll be back up next week meaning they are probably owned by the same person.

    There's 2 suppliers I have trust and used before they are iFixit and parts direct from an Apple store or an Apple authorised repairer.
  11. iaymnu macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007
    I use ifixit many times. Their quality on the parts are great.
  12. ThunderApple thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2010
    Any other website? iFixit is pretty expensive.
  13. troy14 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2008
    Las Vegas (Summerlin), NV
    Maybe, but who knows.

    If you are going to get quality it will be expensive. Otherwise just find the cheapest screen on eBay and check their feedback. The difference between a $20, $50, or $80 LCD is probably nothing and comes from the same manufacturer unless you get it from a somewhat reputable reseller (i.e ifixit)
  14. thewitt macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2011
    #3 does not exist

    None of Apple's suppliers are willing to risk their very lucrative contracts this way. Apple does not go with the lowest bidder on parts, they go with the supplier who can meet their quality specs as well as the rest of their very rigid supplier guidelines.

    It's too high a value tier one contract to risk over a few part sales in the aftermarket.

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