Inside Look: LCD Buy Back
Intro: LCD Recycling is a huge part of most repair shop's business and as one of the Nation's leading LCD recyclers it is something we get questions about all of the time. Today we wanted to give you an inside look into how we test and what we look for. Hopefully, this insight will help you better understand the recycling process and add value to your operation.
Testing Environment: First and foremost you have to be in a dark room. Light pollution will inhibit the ability to see flaws in the panel. Often this is where repair shops become frustrated. The display looked great on the home screen in a brightly lit room before they took it off, but when we look at the same display in a dark room on a gray or black display we can immediately see the problem.
Testing Procedures: Prior to testing we have to receive, unpack, and sort. In the sorting process, we will separate the OEM from the AM panels and sort by model.
- LCD Color Evaluation:
- 3D Touch Functionality: For this test, we engage the 3D touch function in 5 points across the display to ensure everything is functioning correctly
- Touch Functionality: In our analysis of the touch we will drag either an app or the assistive touch icon all the way around the display and across the screen diagonally in both directions.
- Excellent: This grade implies that the LCD and backlight are flawless and the only issue is the broken cover glass.
- Good: These displays usually have some sort of missing pixels or backlight issue.
- Fair: Dark pressure lines along cracks. These are some of the most frustrating ones to look for because they can be hard to see even for us, but after refurbishing they have a tendency to become much more obvious.
- Damaged: Displays that have a partially ripped flex, small areas of bleeding that are not red.
- Copy: All aftermarket displays
- Bad: Broken LCD, Ripped Flex cables, LCDs with red and large areas of bleeding.
When thinking about these categories try to think about what quality of display you want to put on your customer's device. It is important to be strict in order to maintain the integrity of premium refurbs in the market place.
Packaging for LCD buybacks should be just as secure as new parts, if not more. These displays have already been through a lot and are very fragile. It's a crucial step and there is no excuse anymore. All displays come in some sort of plastic protective packaging. all that you need to do is to put the core back into that packaging. It's already labeled and now it's safe, ready to be sorted and go into your buyback box.
You can sign up, get pricing and instant labels directly from our site at www.ionrecycling.com