New service rescues your iPod from the landfill
When your iPod dies – and you know one day it will – don’t throw it out. Repair it. It will save money and the environment.
iShopRepair.ca is a brand new company – they opened their doors earlier this month – in downtown Toronto, with a single focus: Help people with broken iPods and iPhones avoid costly replacements.
The company, owned and operated by Peter Deignan, maintains a small physical location inside a UPS store on Bay Street. But iShopRepair’s services are anything but small. They promise free quotes on all repair work and can often complete the repairs needed while you wait.
Can’t get to their location? No problem. Through their website iShopRepair.ca lets customers mail in their broken iPods via UPS. 24 hours later you’ll have a free quote. Once you accept the quote, you’ll have your device back within another 24 hours.
Pricing on repairs varies with what is actually wrong with your iPod, but almost every repair is cheaper than buying a new unit, which is pretty much your only choice if your iPod is out of the Apple warranty period, or if the damage isn’t covered.
A few examples of the repairs, costs and savings that iShopRepair has completed recently:
1) iPod Model: 3rd Generation 20GB
The customer had just purchased a brand new iPod because her old 3rd Generation iPod was not working/dead. The old one simply needed a new battery. (iPod batteries last generally for about 2 years.) Her battery was replaced for $39.99 with a 1 year warranty.
She was able to give her old iPod with new life to her daughter, saving them spending $150, $250, $300 on a new unit. (Depending on which model they chose as the 3rd Generation iPod is no longer available brand new.)
2) iPod Model: iPod Video (5th Generation) 80GB
This customer was going to spend $250 for the new iPod Classic after he took his broken iPod (that only played music out of one side of the headphones) to Apple and was told it was out of warranty.
The audio jack was repaired with a 1 year warranty for $49.99
3) iPod Model: 1st Generation Nano 4GB
This customer sat on their iPod Nano and broke the LCD display screen. The warranty with Apple was automatically void, due to physical damage and was looking at between $150-$200 for a new iPod Nano.
The LCD screen on the iPod was replaced for $59.99 with a 1 year warranty.
4) iPhone Model: 1st Generation iPhone 16GB
Note: Apple will not honour any warranty for the 1st Generation iPhone anywhere in Canada, as the 1st iPhone was never sold here officially.
This customer brought in his 1st Generation iPhone with a broken audio jack. The headphone jack was replaced for $79.99, saving him from buying another used 1st Generation iPhone for between $400-$600 (as they are not sold new in America any more.)
WOW!!! Now that is a great idea! I have four kids and a drawer at home full of dead iPods!
Thats handy. I didn't know anyone new how to repair the iPhone. Those things are brand new to the market.
Props to the guy for providing something that we don't see anywhere else. I'm sure he'll do great business with all the problems iPod's have, and is AWESOME to those consumers who don't want to buy new for something that only needs a bit of tweaking to be recycled. Will definitely remember for future!
Good news on recycling thru repairs. My only caveat on IPODS is that they do not use AAA or AA rechargeable batteries that can be removed and the displays can only last as long as the backlighting. It good news for most except Apple itself.
I've had my iPod just over three years. The battery needs recharging more frequently now but it still works a treat and i've used it extensively for three solid years. No complaint here.
Every iPod battery will need to be replaced at some point. Any type of battery in any device will need replacing at some point.
Why have someone do it for you and charge so much when most of the older Ipods are easy to open and fix yourself…the internet is full of shops that sell kits to do just that.
Batteries…earjacks…Even harddrives…motherboards and casings can be purchased online…
Of course some models are easier to open/fix than others
look it up!
@Laure: well sure, and for that matter, why don't people change their own motor oil? ;-)
About time…The audio jack on my brothers iPod died about 6 months ago, and at the time 'The Source' (the only place around us that would do repairs) told him that it would cost $25 just to send it away for a quote and no guarentee it would be fixed. I am definitly sending him the link to this place.