Local Tech Businesses Impacted by the Coronavirus

The electronics industry is among those now seeing the impact of coronavirus concerns.

DULUTH, Minn. – The electronics industry is among those now seeing the impact of coronavirus concerns.

Colin Mackin of Tech Medics says he’s never experienced a shortage of supplies like this because of a virus in his 10 years of owning the business along London Road.

One of Mackin’s specialties is iPhone repair, but parts to make the fixes are becoming harder to find because they’re often shipped in from China.

“Being able to plan for the contingencies. I say keeping more stuff in stock, like ordering more than I normally would to have on hand, that’s worked so far,” said Colin Mackin, owner of Tech Medics.

While a lot of the raw materials used to make repairs often come from factories in China, Mackin is trying to fill the void with help from domestic factories.

“All this stuff does come from China. Most everything these days comes from China. When we get the parts, they’re gonna ship the parts for Shenzhen, Guangzhou and what not. They’ll go to domestic suppliers but one those domestic suppliers their inventory dries up, it’s kind of a crapshoot to be one of the shops that gets the parts,” said Mackin.

Mackin says iPhone replacement screens are more difficult to get, so he says repair businesses need to stock up now. As long as the shortages don’t continue, he doesn’t expect the cost to the consumer to go up.

If you need your phone repaired, Mackin says the process will go relatively smoothly, at least for now. If you’re worried though about parts being available, Mackin says just call ahead.

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