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The Error Guy
08-03-2013, 07:03 PM
Bit of a strange question I guess (and as I write this I can't help but think it's a bit of a Deja Vu... hope I haven't asked this before) but I was wondering if any of you happened to know of, or would be able to put me in touch with someone who may know of a decent mobile parts wholesaler?

Previously, due to low demand and the broad range of parts needed, I sourced all the materials from eBay. That wasn't too bad but finding a reputable seller and quality products is a pain, and you end up waiting a long time to get things in since they are shipped via HK Post (rather slow air mail)

Now I'm looking to tidy up my service options a bit, especially as I'm at uni, I can't just sit around waiting for 3x weeks for parts to arrive if I don't have them in stock and also because I'm looking to provide more of a reputable service than I was previously. In my searching I haven't managed to come across a decent parts supplier. Most of the suppliers I have seen market to the DIY home job, with the parts priced quite high (about $60-$80 for an iPhone 4 screen) which is what I usually charge for the whole repair.

A decent range of iPhone parts would be useful too, since most people at uni (a ridiculously high percentage, more than 8/10!!!) have iPhones, mostly 4/S but a lot of 5's as well.

Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction :)


On a side note, I'm VERY impressed with the durability of the HTC Trophy 7, a bit of a legacy windows phone I guess but the missus dropped hers regularly on concrete. I always winced in horror and expected it to be broken, but not a smash... until today. Very solid crunch, but only a single horizontal crack in the glass. I'm impressed HTC, I call it the Nokia of smartphones. Given its performance to date I think its worth repairing, rather than replacing with a more up to date 2nd hand model. Plus it's cheaper. Still amazed by its durability though. It has stunned me!

plod
08-03-2013, 08:14 PM
Not for parts but a cheap wp8, reviewed in pcworld but could only find it on stuff.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/gadgets/gadget-reviews/8395853/Review-Huawei-Ascend-W1

The Error Guy
08-03-2013, 08:43 PM
Thanks for that plod, certainly a decent looking phone. That's one of the marvellous things about what M$ did with WP, enforce minimum specs and force the manufacturers to update/support their handsets. Definitely worth $300, especially when you consider the cruddy android phones available at that price.

I might add I worded that thing about the Trophy appallingly, it didn't break today, only cracked the glass.

kahawai chaser
08-03-2013, 08:55 PM
In the Nokia days I use to buy parts (and accessories) from ebay stores (http://phones.stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/_sl.html?_sacat=43304) and their related resellers/companies/agencies, often from the UK. So I think there is a vast range of mobile wholesale (or near equivalent) suppliers, including oem's but of course shipping times won't agree with you.

NZ site search (http://www.google.co.nz/#hl=en&rlz=1C2GGGE_enNZ451NZ462&sclient=psy-ab&q=site:.co.nz+buy+purchase+%22iphone+parts%22+whol esale&oq=site:.co.nz+buy+purchase+%22iphone+parts%22+who lesale&gs_l=serp.3...121354.124259.9.125635.9.9.0.0.0.4.4 32.2591.2-6j2j1.9.0.les%3B..0.0...1c.1.5.psy-ab.6pFHe2TKTR4&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&fp=fd0abeaef8f4cf40&biw=1024&bih=513) appears to have not much (seems costly) wholesale parts, which you know. Maybe review Apple's approved suppliers (http://www.apple.com/nz/supplierresponsibility/our-suppliers.html) and manufacturing facilities and see if you can extract anything (e.g. cross referencing/reverse search, etc) useful from the listings from their pdf file. (http://images.apple.com/nz/supplierresponsibility/pdf/Apple_Supplier_List_2013.pdf)

The Error Guy
08-03-2013, 09:20 PM
Cheers for that info Kahwai, I'll look into getting in touch with one of the OEM suppliers perhaps. Could be a bit of a mission though!

Top hit from that NZ site search $150 for just the screen :eek:

wainuitech
08-03-2013, 10:25 PM
Problem you may have, wholesalers usually wont sell to the general public. You may have to be a business or certified repairer.

Other wise try www.systec.co.nz (http://www.systec.co.nz/index.php?route=product/category&path=55&sort=p.model&order=DESC)