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.)