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im such an idiot
"brought my brand new broken ipad here. said they could fix the screen. now NOTHING WORKS ON IT. Im such an idiot for not reading these reviews first. I have no idea if it can be fixed from here. Plus gave me 1/2 off accessories when i got something fixed turns out they charge double for EVERYTHING in the store."
Timely and good quality
"My order arrived promptly and the material was of good quality."
"I ordered the iphone 5c replacement battery and tool kit. Package arrived in a few days. Replacing the battery was straight forward and fairly easy. Hardest part is getting old battery out of phone as it is glued in. The online instructions are easy to follow and visually easy to understand. Phone is working fine now with new battery."
Well, the instructions were good...
"Ordered a earpiece speaker replacement kit for my iPhone 6. Everything came well packaged and the instructions were great. Only one problem - the part was defective. I entered a support ticket and received only a form letter response back assuring me that they ‘test every part before shipping’ and that my part was fine. They blamed me and suggested that I used ‘poor electrostatic handling’ procedures. I have been repairing printers and computers for over 20 years - I think I have that part down. Since my reply, iFixit has never responded to my ticket - and it’s been almost a week now. So consider yourself warned - I just ordered a part through another vendor and will use their tools. They do not stand behind their products "
these guy are great!!
"i really like the step by step guidance!! it makes it so easy to do some things that are hard without knowing the special techniques!!"
Poor Packaging - Missing Item
"Ordered a extra screwdriver handle. They packaged it in a plain paper bag and it tore a hole right through and was not received. Scheduled a replacement and it has taken 2 weeks and not arrived. Very slow shipping overall and some packages require extra postage fees, which they do warn about but in this day and age where most websites cover this it should not happen. "
Fine at first but now I'm frustrated
"Everything seemed fine at first when I got my screen replaced until I tried texting and playin games like I'll try to spin a wheel in a games and it's doesn't even move sometimes or slightly and act like i didn't even touch it or playing a game to shot something and go the opposite way like I slipped my finger on my phone but everything is way too sensitive like I can't text or touch anything on my phone with out it clicking the wrong thing even though im clicking right on what I want to and I'll just hold my phone in my hand and the screen will swipe and start typing in random numbers for my code and disable when phone when I didn't even do anything and it was one lock at times. I never had this problem until I had my screen changed I don't know if I happens but people should be warned or be told get a new phone if this stuff happened and is really bad it's not super bad but it's frequent enough I'm very often frustrated. "
PLEASE BEWARE BEFORE PURCHASING ANYTHING FROM IFIXIT.COM!
"Their parts are cheap knockoffs and NOT genuine as advertised.I purchased and installed a camera for my iPhone 6 Plus, which they claimed were genuine Apple Products with the Apple Logo. NOT ONLY did the item NOT work, but now I have several large vertical bars on my display!!Once I put the camera in, reset all cables, sealed and booted my iPhone 6 Plus, there was NO boot logo! It was just a scrambled screen! I could not even shut it off so I had to get into my laptop to search how to disconnect the battery; I was not going to chance disconnecting any cables while the power was still on.I put back in my old camera and put my iPhone back together. Now it is working fine, but I still see those vertical bars that I mentioned. I not only feel angry for all of the work I did to try and fix this, but I am also angry that now my iPhone display is totally ruined! Not only that, this camera looks NOTHING LIKE THE DEPICTION OF IT!: https://www.ifixit.com/Store/iPhone/iPhone-6-Plus-Rear-Camera/IF269-009-1There is NO Apple logo and, as a matter of fact, there are no letters/numbers displayed on the ribbon! I held it under my magnifying lamp and I can clearly see that anything that was printed on this ribbon was colored over with a permanent marker.I feel cheated and scammed! I was very angry and I just wanted my money back.I only made this purchase because their site guaranteed me that it was an original part that will work on my iPhone.UPDATE: I just checked the provided link and NOW all of the pictures of this camera are gone from their website! WHAT IS GOING ON?!?!I sent the item back for a refund and was sent this email:It's me again, the bewitching iFixit Return Robot.A support human has evaluated your return and the return process is complete. No further action is required.Unfortunately, your return has been denied, per our return policy, as the part that was sent back was not an iFixit part. The part you sent back has sharpie and scratch marks over the Apple logo, while ours have a QR sticker, and a manufacturing stamp. If you still have the iFixit part and want to return it, please let us know. If you would like the part back, we'd be happy to send it back to you at your expense. Please contact us with in 7 days of this email if you would like the part back, otherwise the part will be properly recycled for your convenience. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bwzmpxoxbq4mqg9/AACH63DjY2jNiUCSgz_qfMila?dl=0If you have any questions, reply to me and I can pass on your message to our team.Thanks for your business!-----So now they are denying my refund because of the magic marker and no Apple logo, etc. There is obviously something going on with this site. So please just use caution before using this site."
Amateur Internet Business
"I used to love ifixit. As an electrical engineer who used to build my own computers from scratch, I'm not opposed to rolling up my sleeves to extend the shelf life of expensive electronics. I make a habit of replacing my iPhone battery every year, and ifixit makes it very easy to do this. Also, as a Cal Poly alumni, I've watched this company grow up in my own back yard over the past 10 years. Unfortunately, I'm sad to say it has not grown well. It's still the same small town players attempting (and failing) to operate a global scale internet business. My problems date back to about three years ago, when I was shipped a faulty replacement battery for my iPhone 5. The battery had a dead cell, which meant it would suddenly shut off around 30% charge. When I brought this to the attention of ifixit support, they were quick to respond and send me a replacement. Since replacing the battery is a minor operation, I was able to swap this out in about 15 mins with only minor trouble for having to do it twice. Fast forward a year later, I had upgraded to an iPhone 6, and after a year of skiing in Tahoe the microphone had gotten some kind of water damage. Everyone kept complaining that my calls were muffled and hard to understand. So I pulled up the ifixit website and sure enough, they had a replacement part. I ordered it and set in for major iPhone surgery. The iPhone 6 microphone is on a much larger assembly at the bottom of the phone, which pretty much requires stripping the phone down to bare metal and using conductive adhesive to carefully route all these components without affecting the antennas, which are also in the area. Needless to say, this is a MAJOR project taking about an hour to complete your first time. (I got quite good by the third time - more on this in a minute.)So after performing this long and painstaking task, I finally got my iPhone buttoned up again with everything functional. Except the microphone. The thing I was trying to fix actually got WORSE. To the point where I had to use headphones to make all my calls because the internal microphone was so muffled and muted. I called up ifixit, and they apologized for the defective part - shipping me a new one overnight. Slightly annoyed, I set about replacing this part again, only to find this new part worse than the first. I hit the ceiling. After doing some research online, I learned ifixit was sourcing these parts directly from China, and was having issues with quality control since they didn't test them locally before shipping straight to customers. Luckily they owned up to this mistake, and promised shipped me a third replacement part provided I would return ship my first two defective ones. The third part was the charm, and I finally had a working iPhone again. Fast forward to the final chapter of my story. I managed to dent the lower volume rocker on my iphone 7. (How this can happen blows my mind...) Having forgotten about my experience a year prior, I hop onto the ifixit website from my phone and find the exact replacement part I need. Within 5 minutes the part is in my cart, and I'm able to get the order off before I lose reception going into the mountains (doubling checking that it's the right version, color, etc.) A couple weeks later the part arrives, and I prepare to perform the surgery. (Another doozy that requires a stripdown to bare metal.) Just before I start the repair, I decide to pull out the replacement part to get it prepped for the swap. To my surprise, I find that it's silver, not black. On further investigation, I learn they shipped me an iPhone 6 part, not one for iPhone 7. Upon bringing this to the ifixit team's attention, I have to wait upwards of 48 hours for a response (a marked departure from the prompt customer service I've seen in the past). The customer service rep then proceeds to spend less than 5 minutes reviewing my case, and cheerfully responds that they will send me another iPhone 6 part right away. I respond on the thread that they should NOT send me another bad part, and to please send me the part I was trying to order in the first place. I look on their website and see that the iPhone 7 part that I need is out of stock - probably explaining why they sent me an iPhone 6 part instead. The customer service rep never looks back at my thread, and sure enough, I recieve the wrong part again. I again hit the roof. How hard is it to spend an extra 5 minutes studying a case to get it right? I ask for a full refund of my return. The customer service rep grants the RMA and informs me that I am entitled to about $90 back. I send the materials off, and about a week later get an email saying $60 will be credited to my account. When I ask about this discrepancy, a THIRD customer service rep tells me that I'm being charged a 15% restocking fee, adding insult to injury to this whole debacle. In the end, I have to put a strong BUYER BEWARE on ifixit. Bad supply chain and slipping customer service. "
It's been 19 days since order and it hasn't even shipped yet
"This company has terrible customer service infrastructure. Don't expect an email when you submit an online request for help from them. Good luck with their phone customer support that tells you to leave them a message then just plays music instead of actually allowing you to leave a voice message.If regulations make it difficult to send lithium ion batteries through certain tiers of mail service, don't offer those specific mail services for those items. It's been 19 days since I made an order and I still don't have a proper shipping confirmation. Avoid this company. "
Great site for mobile and mac repair
"First thing I bought was a mac book pro fan and it was correct and still works great. Then I bought the ifixit Pro Tech Toolkit and it is one of the best tool purchases I've made. I have put a new screen on my ipad and a new SSD drive in my mac mini 2014 (supposed to be nearly unservicable). I have had every tool I've needed for both jobs with no drama. On top of that the ifixit web site has fabulous manuals on many different models and brands. I got the ipad screen from them as well and it was perfect with all the little things already done. I can't believe the bad reviews, I really like everything about iFixit "
Battery was great!....For 4 weeks
"My battery worked great for 4 weeks and from week 5 to 6 my phone went downhilll fast. I couldn't even get it to turn on and the customer service needed screenshots of my battery usage for a return which I obviously could not do. 10/10 Would recommend just paying apple 80 bucks for a real battery even though that's just as much of a scam. Had potential but poor quality ruined the system."
Faulty parts and poor tools
"I bough a replacement battery for my iphone 5S. THe first battery that came was ok (although when charging, my touchscreen would go on the fritz). It kept its charge for about 6 months then started to require charging multiple times a day. I contacted customer service (who were fantastic) and they sent me a replacement battery. Unfortunately, this battery didn't work upon arrival. I am awaiting a 3rd battery. The tools supplied with the replacement kit were not functional (the phillips head screwdriver wasn't the correct geometry for the screws inside the phone.Even though they claim that the batteries are OEM apple, I would strongly advise not buying a battery from iFixit. I regret changing my battery in the first place as it was actually better than any I have since received. "
"Purchased an iPhone 5S screen. The first screen that they sent was defective (the back light worked, the screen however did not). They sent out a replacement screen relatively quickly. When that screen arrived, I immediately connected the cables but did not fully reassemble so that I could test the screen. This screen worked, but the digitizer had a dead spot along the entire left edge, preventing me from being able to use the device. I promptly returned the first screen.When I contacted them the second time, they told me that the second screen had been fully tested prior to shipment. Clearly their definition of "testing" did not include ensuring that the digitizer worked. They immediately became defensive and telling me that I had either broken the device, or that I needed to re-install software, because it certainly couldn't be their screen. They would not refund my money, nor send me a working replacement. This is the last screen I will EVER buy from iFixit, and I have been sharing my story with anyone that will listen.I purchased another screen on eBay for a fraction of the iFixit price, and it worked flawlessly. So much for the software needing to be re-installed."
Responsive customer service, good products, excellent tutorials
"Ordering a lithium ion battery for an iPhone resulted in a long delay attributable to the US Postal Service. iFixit customer service sent a replacement via UPS about a week after I notified iFixit of non-delivery. The e-mail back-and-forth was not instantaneous, but took a reasonable few days. The replacement arrived promptly in good condition. (The original USPS shipment arrived 5 weeks after it was ordered, though I live only 250 miles from iFixit shipping. USPS is slow to perform their special processing of potentially dangerous Li Ion batteries. Ground shipping only. I returned it with a free return label.)The iFixit battery worked fine, but it turned out other problems with the phone (not cost effective to repair) were the actual cause of the charging issue, so the battery was a wasted expense. (Not the fault of iFixit.) The toolkit was good, except that the #000 Philips screwdriver head was not well shaped to engage the 7 tiny Philips screws inside the phone. To remove one stubborn screw, I had to superglue the tool to the screw head to get enough traction. On any repair involving removing tiny screws, I recommend buying a $10 package of spare screws for the phone you are working on. Cheap insurance against losing or damaging even one screw that would prevent proper re-assembly. "