Parts and Inventory - What should be carried? Where do you source?
I am starting a small PC / Mac repair shop and have some questions about parts and inventory that hopefully someone can help answer. What parts should you have on hand? How many parts should you have on hand at any given time? If you don't have a part needed for a repair, what's the best way to get that part in a timely manner while still making a profit? When it comes to sourcing parts, I'm unsure of what to do. I have a wholesale account with iFixit that I can use to order good parts for mobile devices, but I don't see any parts for computers. I want to source quality parts, but at a good price for the devices that I fix. I could easily go to a nearby Microcenter or Bestbuy and buy the part, but the price would be way more than what I want to charge the customer. So my question to you is where can I start when to comes to finding a reliable place to source parts? How much should I be spending on parts as a startup?
Thank you all for the help!
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