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Apple expands authorized repair partnership with Best Buy

By Shawn Knight · 16 replies
Jun 19, 2019
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  1. Apple on Wednesday expanded its third-party repair network to include every Best Buy store in the US, making it even easier and more convenient for customers to “access safe and reliable repairs.”

    Best Buy’s Geek Squad now has nearly 7,600 newly Apple-certified technicians ready to service Apple products at one of nearly 1,000 retail locations. All repairs through Best Buy are backed by Apple and are completed using genuine Apple parts, the company said.

    Apple’s deal with Best Buy expands on a previous partnership which included around 225 stores.

    With the expansion, Apple now has more than 1,800 authorized third-party service providers in the US which is three times as many locations as it had just three years ago. That is in addition to the 270 or store Apple retail stores that also provide repairs.

    Some states including Montana, Vermont and Wyoming don’t have an Apple Store, making the partnership even more valuable to locals that may live near a Best Buy.

    Those in need of a repair can start a request over on Apple’s dedicated repair page.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,390   +3,779

    Oh Goodie!!! Now you can get ripped off by a different place!
    MonsterZero, Hexic, Reehahs and 5 others like this.
  3. trparky

    trparky TS Evangelist Posts: 534   +428

    Oh so I'm going to have an ***** Squad Agent working on my device? No thank you! I hope that Apple still allows their Apple Stores to do iDevice repairs since I won't let Worst Buy employees touch my iPhone.
    PEnnn, TheBigT42 and wiyosaya like this.
  4. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,966   +1,230

    "authorized" apple tech's at Best Buy...LOL
    wiyosaya likes this.
  5. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,442   +1,909

    What they mean is that Best Buy will send everything back to Apple or another place, right? :D
  6. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Guru Posts: 414   +416

    Same price, different store. Brilliant!
  7. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 4,067   +1,190

    May be good for in-warranty as this usually is 'board swapping'. However, this may be very expensive if actually available for folks with 'accidental' damage (liquid spill, closing screen on keys, or stepping on it, etc). This is not good for these folks. Still need chip level repair like what Louis Rossmann offers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Rossmann).
  8. gusticles41

    gusticles41 TS Guru Posts: 403   +466

    Just like the Apple Stores, it will be screens and batteries. That's about it. Trust me, your every day Squad Agent can handle it.

    This is a very good move by Apple, one which their customers should appreciate.
    onestepforward likes this.
  9. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 723   +285

    But repairing what?
    As I know it, Best Buy only does iPhone repairs nothing else. Which they have been doing for a lil while now.
    They don't do MacBook or iPad repairs, so it that changing? The article never stated specifics.
  10. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 519   +453

    "There's an Apple fan born every minute."
  11. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,240   +901

    I worked for Best Buy 483.

    I HATE Best Buy.
    MonsterZero, Puiu and Uncle Al like this.
  12. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 723   +285

    Why, because you got fired from a retail store?
    Most hate the jobs they cant do or arent good at. Most people arent good at retail jobs. Some ppl just suck at dealing with others.
    onestepforward likes this.
  13. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,240   +901

    Actually: I quit.

    Not only did I quit, but I didn't give them 30 day notice.

    Why? They underpaid me (in my opinion) and I was annoyed with their policies.

    As for "doing the job" - I was excellent at it.
    Puiu likes this.
  14. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,442   +1,909

    Or maybe the job just sucks :D
  15. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 723   +285

    Its retail. If money was what you were looking for, you choose the wrong profession.

    The policies lol, again its retail. If you were good I guarantee they would have paid you. Whether you got the pay you wanted is a different story.

    In retail if you arent liked or dont get along with ppl, they wont pay you. Just the way it is.
    onestepforward likes this.
  16. OptimumSlinky

    OptimumSlinky TS Addict Posts: 58   +147

    This reads like a Donald Trump tweet.
    That's not a compliment.
  17. gusticles41

    gusticles41 TS Guru Posts: 403   +466

    I worked for Geek Squad quite a while, but I had a good gig. Full time, capped pay, and when I found a new job in my field they let me stay on very part time, picking my own hours. Our store was great, but I know we were quite an exception compared to the rest of the brand.

    But mixing retail and computer support is a recipe for crazy.
    trparky likes this.

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