“But there’s a guy repairing iPhones on Craigslist that’s $10 cheaper”.

Hi again everyone…we hear it every day.

Yes there probably is a guy on Craigslist offering iPhone Repairs and his advertisements sound appealing…check out this example (you can click on it to get a closer look):

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iPhone Repairs – This guy knows more about phones than ANYONE else!

Yes, that’s a nice line of phone repairs. I especially like the tag line at the bottom “Won’t find anyone else that knows more than me in town”. That’s a bold statement!

Then there are random other ads like this one right in our home town:

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Watch out for illegal parts!

Please don’t ask about color conversion, Red, blue, pink etc – because these are counterfeit parts and illegal for sale! I would most certainly stay away from anyone selling or touting illegal parts. Apple never made a pink iPhone so how is this guy getting trustworthy parts for it?!?

What you’ll find when you call these ads in many cases is a person performing repairs and services on the “side” – which can be ok – if you don’t mind risking your device to an individual that you might not ever be able to get a hold of again or worse – may damage your unit beyond repair and also take your money. With all of the scares about Craigslist and the number of police reports about fraud, thefts and physical bodily harm that can come from meeting someone on Craigslist…it’s just not worth the $10 savings that you might receive in my opinion!

The truth of the matter is that most of these “businesses” are NOT legitimate. Some are, but anyone doing repairs in their spare time and making money…needs to have a business license, pay taxes, provide receipts and a long list of other requirements just to operate LEGALLY. A legally operated business will stand behind their services, have a business entity established and reports their income to the IRS.

Think about it- if you deal with a person that doesn’t report their income to the IRS, which is illegal by the way, there’s very little accountability for them to do the right thing.

The point of this post is that we here at Mission Repair do operate “above the table”. That is, we do have an established business entity with a Federal Employer Identification Number, we do pay our taxes, we do have a physical location, we do have a toll-free customer service line that is answered 7 days a week and we do care about our customers.

So how do we combat the “lower priced” guys on Craigslist? When confronted with an ad for a service that we offer that is lower priced the sell is easy- we just explain that we offer 1 year warranties, our Got Repair benefits that come with each screen repair, we are always available 7 days a week for our customers and that we encourage walk-in business without an appointment. The bottom line is that we’ve are approaching 200,000 completed repairs at Mission Repair and we have the talent to back up our claims!

If a customer still chooses to use someone on Craigslist, that is fine with us. However we have fixed countless “Craigslist Repairs” for customers. Buyer beware!

Ok, that’s enough bashing on Craigslist. In fact, it’s not Craigslist that is the issue, because I use it from time to time. Last year I bought my son’s vehicle on there and it turned out to be a great deal!

Last tidbit- it’s not always cheaper on CL…that last ad above that touts $39 iPhone Screen repair…we perform the same repair at Mission Repair for $29. It DOES pay to shop around!

Have a great day, Ryan

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