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Start a Cell Phone Repair Business in 30 Days - Day 3 - Buying Parts

Updated on May 7, 2015

Overview

Now that we have covered the basics of cell phone repair and what parts you need in order to get started, let's talk about purchasing parts for your business. We are still in the learning phase of the repair business and this section will not cover suppliers and purchasing parts in bulk. It will instead talk about buying parts to help you learn the craft as well as starting small such as fixing devices for friends and family. Let's begin.

Deciding Which Parts You Need

Before you starting buying parts, you first want to learn about what parts you need to fulfill the services you will eventually provide. The big 4 are screen, LCD/display, charging port and battery. The charging port also contains components such as headphone jack, microphone and speakerphone all in the same assembly. If you looking to purchase parts, I would start there and learn how to do those repairs before anything else.

Broken iPhone
Broken iPhone

Where to Purchase Parts

Now that we have figured out what parts you would like to replace, you have to find a place to purchase them. This is very similar to purchasing a broken device to practice on and we will be discussing similar locations.

Amazon

Amazon has a huge variety of parts to purchase. They usually have decently low prices and provide a fast shipping time. Amazon also offers supplier reviews so that you can ensure that the supplier is trustworthy and that you will get exactly the part that you were looking for in a timely fashion. Bookmark parts pages and monitor prices.

eBay

eBay is similar to amazon except they usually have lower prices from suppliers all around the world. What is great about eBay in the parts category is that you can do bulk orders and have that eBay money back guaranteed. eBay is sort of a bridge between western markets and the Chinese suppliers that will offer you the most bang for your buck.

Alibaba/Aliexpress

This is the pinnacle of cheap prices on parts. You can browse tons of suppliers and get updated prices on all of the parts that you need. The only downside of this is that most parts come from overseas so the shipping times can be up to 30 days. This is more of a long term solution once you have a large customer base.

Learning About Part Quality

Part quality is a big issue in the cell phone repair industry. If you buy cheap parts with poor quality, it will be very obvious and a customer will not be satisfied. There are a few terms that you have to become aware of before purchasing parts. The 3 grades of parts range from OEM, which is exactly like the factory, A++ which is great quality but not exactly the same and A+/A which is noticeably different but still great quality. Try to avoid anything that is grade B or below as customers will come back unsatisfied. However, if you are buying parts to learn, purchase the lowest quality possible to save money!

Broken Galaxy Phone
Broken Galaxy Phone

Organizing Your Parts

Once you have a large amount of parts in stock, it is essential that you organize the components. Some components can be very small in size and can easily be lost. Try to purchase an inventory shelf or use something as simple as cardboard boxes to keep them all separate.

Broken LG phone
Broken LG phone

Be Aware of Parts Warranties

When you are purchasing parts online, it isn't uncommon for defective parts to arrive at your doorstep. There are so many factors of a part that can go wrong either during production or during the shipping process. A lot of part problems may not occur until after the part has been installed. Before purchasing parts, look up or ask about the parts warranties and what type of limitations are on the warranty of the parts you purchased. After purchasing parts, make sure to do a quick pretest on as many as you can before installing them into customer's phones. If you do find a defective part, ship it off as soon as possible to make sure you fall into the warranty time. If you are dealing with a large amount of parts, gather as many of them together as you can before shipping them to save on the shipping cost.

Conclusion

Now that you understand both the tools you need to get started as well as all of the variables associated with purchasing parts, you are ready to move on to the next step. Make sure to do as much research as possible before purchasing parts for a particular repair. There may be additional components required to complete a repair. Also, make sure that the equipment you purchased is adequate for the repair you will be completing. Once you are ready, move on to the next step.

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