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6 Computer Refurbisher Success Stories [2023]

6 Computer Refurbisher Success Stories [2023]
Become A Computer Refurbisher

Computer refurbishing is the process of restoring used computers to working conditions. Refurbishers typically purchase used computers from individuals or businesses, and then they clean them up, install new parts, and test them to make sure they are in good working condition.

To start this business, you'll need skills in data recovery, hardware repair, and software troubleshooting. It is a perfect idea for those who have an interest in technology and a knack for repairing electronics.

The average Computer Repair Technician in the US makes $51,129. The salaries of Computer Repair Technicians range from $19,892 to $74,573, with a median salary of $55,440.

With the ever-growing popularity of laptops, tablets, and smartphones, there is a great demand for refurbished computers. And with data science and data analytics, you can easily identify which computers are in high demand and how to best refurbish them.

Starting this type of business is a great idea for those with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for technology. If you can navigate the regulations, this can be a lucrative business with a lot of growth potential.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a computer refurbisher:

1. OWC (Other World Computing, Inc.) ($162M/year)

OWC Larry (from Woodstock, IL, USA) started OWC (Other World Computing, Inc.) over 34 years ago.

$13.5M / month
1 founders / 250 employees

Case Study

My name is Lawrence O'Connor, aka 'OWC Larry.' I am the founder and CEO of OWC (Other World Computing, Inc.).

Our CAGR over the past 33yrs is 43.78% (average growth rate since inception). It was 18.4% in the most recently completed year 2019 vs 2020 with just over 148 million revenue in 2020.


2. Back Market

Smartphone made good-as-new and with warranties. Plus hundreds of computers, PS4s, tablets, televisions, etc. 48h Delivery. Refurbished iPhone 6, refurbished Galaxy S6, etc.

  • Website traffic: 3.95M/month
  • Business rank: #15.6K

Check out their full website ➜

Learn more about starting a computer refurbisher:

Where to start?

-> How much does it cost to start a computer refurbisher?
-> Pros and cons of a computer refurbisher

Need inspiration?

-> Examples of established computer refurbisher
-> Marketing ideas for a computer refurbisher

Other resources

4. OWC (Other World Computing, Inc.)

Upgrade the RAM and storage of nearly any Apple computer at MacSales.com. We also provide refurbished Macs, external storage, docks, accessories, and more!

  • Estimated revenue: $13.5M/month
  • Website traffic: 970K/month
  • Business rank: #23.9K

Check out their full website ➜

5. LaptopsDirectUK

  • Website traffic: 1.35M/month
  • Business rank: #48.6K

Check out their full website ➜

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