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Continued: Retailers finding booming market buying used electronics

  • Article by: JOHN EWOLDT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 20, 2014 - 9:52 AM

Device Pitstop includes a 90-day warranty on all products to put customers at ease, said Mike Smith, vice president of operations.

Terri Harris of Maple Plain took her work iPad into Device Pitstop to get an estimate on repairing a cracked screen.

“I didn’t even know if it was possible to replace it,” she said. “I’ve had clear tape holding it together for a year.”

For $150 the crack could be repaired, but Harris had to check with her employer to approve the expense.

Device Pitstop is a franchised retailer with seven locations in Las Vegas, Phoenix and Lexington, Ky. Smith said the company hopes to add nearly a dozen more Twin Cities franchised locations and 300 nationwide within five years.

Smith is confident the used personal electronics market will continue to grow. “It used to be young males, but now we’re getting an older demographic and families, too,” he said. “They like being able to see and test used items in person, and getting a warranty. You won’t get that on eBay.”

 

John Ewoldt • 612-673-7633





 

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