Interview With A Professional Electronic Repairer
ElectronicRepairGuide (ERG) - How long have you been in the
Electronic Repair line?
David- About 35 years!
ERG- What is your education
David- I graduated from Singapore Polytechnic as a Diploma
holder in Electrical and Electronic course and have a certificate City & Guilds of London (C & G) in Radio Servicing. I started
to work after I got my Diploma and the year was 1973.
ERG- Does the courses help you in Electronic
David- Yes definitely, the C&G course has helped me a lot
in electronic repair.
ERG- Have you conduct any
electronic repair courses before? And what is the name of the courses?
David- Yes, it was the TV
and Audio repair courses.
ERG- What are the Electronic Equipment that you
David- Television, Radio, Video Camera, LVD, VCR, Hi Fi,
DVD, VCD, Car Stereo, Installing Antenna and Home Electrical appliances.
ERG- Which type of Electronic Equipment you consider
yourself expert in?
David- Television and car audio equipment! I worked for Bosch
Company for many years and every year the company sent me to Germany for training in repairing Blaupunkt car audio. I’m considered a
specialist in repairing car audio equipment.
ERG- Do you often use
oscilloscope in electronic troubleshooting?
David- Yes, oscilloscope helps me a lot! (to my readers, if you
are in this line and haven’t got any scope yet, invest in one soon)
ERG- Do you still enjoy
reading electronic related books when you have free time?
David- I used to buy
electronic magazine but lately I’m more toward the computer information especially learning the software programming.
ERG- Generally on average how many type of electronic
equipment you can repair in a day?
David- Difficult to say, sometimes you could repair more than
10 items a day while in certain days you can only managed to repair few. It depends on the problem and what type of equipment you are
repairing. I put it as average 5 per day.
ERG- What type of TV size you received the most for repair
David- 21” TV
ERG- How is your repair business nowadays?
ERG- What causes the
repair business to go slow nowadays?
David- First, the price of
new equipment had gone down tremendously and people choose to get new one which is cheaper and convenient (no need to wait for repair-save
time). Second, most houses nowadays have more than one Television at home, if one have problem they will choose to use the other working one
and dump the spoilt one beside. I have seen with my own eyes those houses that I have been, the
TV just lie around and yet the owner don’t want to repair it.
Some customers sent the equipment for me to repair but after I have repaired it, they don’t want to collect it back. I have called
them many times and after 3 month if they still don’t collect back their equipment I will dispose it. I have disposed lots of electronic
equipment. This problem also has affected my time and income.
ERG- How do you want to encounter this kind of problem of slow
David- Diversification- I have diversified into repairing
automobile equipment. I got a deal in repairing Bosch car tuning equipment. The Bosch Company supplied me with parts and schematic diagrams
and they even allowed me to deal with the head quarter in Germany directly in requesting information that related to the car tuning
ERG- Is there a good
margin in repairing the Bosch car tuning equipment?
David-The profit margin is
very good but the quantity is less compare to repairing other electronic equipment.
ERG- Do you encourage
electronic repairers to diversify into repairing more electronic equipment-If yes then why?
David- Yes, I do encourage
electronic repairers to diversify into repairing other electronic equipment. You see, TV repair business is still the best but because we
can’t predict what would happen to this trade in the future we must diversify in order to continue to make profit from this electronic repair
ERG- Do you meet regularly with other electronic repairers
to discuss about electronic problems and solutions?
David- Yes we do meet but not very often. I have electronic
repair friends from Toshiba, Sharp, Philips, Bosch and etc and when we meet I do discuss about problems in electronic troubleshooting with
ERG- What are the biggest problems you are facing in the
Electronic repair business nowadays?
David- Shortage of latest electronic equipment schematic
diagrams and spare parts!
ERG- Have you come across any electronic equipment that
you can’t repair? And how do you solve it?
David-Not very often and if I really come across problem that I
cannot solved, I will send it to the distributors (agents) for repair but of course the customers first have to agree with the price that I
have quoted them.
ERG- How do you promote your repair
David- I don’t really promote my repair business as I do not
have enough man power to do so. Usually the business came through recommendation from friends and existing customers and also from “walk-in”
customers. (For your information, David’s shop is located at ground floor thus it is easy to get walk-in customers)
ERG- Do you have any tips for anyone who wants or plan to
set up their own Electronic repair shop?
David- At this moment it could be difficult, it’s not easy
compare to last time. You can’t survive depending on TV alone! Get more contract jobs and prepare yourself to repair more variety of
electronic equipment. Anyway it is just my opinion, you may go ahead to set up one if you wish to.
ERG-What advice would you give to a beginner who wish to
join this trade?
David- They must be good in basic electronics and is a
must to have electrical knowledge.
ERG- What advice would you give to an experienced or
professional electronic repairers?
David- Upgrade your knowledge. I myself already taking the
computer study to learn about software programming.
ERG- Did you make mistakes that others could learn
David- Don’t charge customers too high the repair price
ERG- What is your future plan for your electronic repair
David- I will be concentrating in repairing the automobile
tuning machine (higher margin) and at the same time hoping to get new contract in repairing Blaupunkt car audio equipment-still
ERG- Thanks David!
David- You are welcome!
From the interview above i believe you would have get some points about electronic repair in this current situation where lots of
cheap electronic equipment flooding the market and cause many customers opt not to repair their equipment. This interview was not meant to let
you down but to explain what are the necessary steps you need to make or take in order for you to stay in the repair
business. Always think of diversification and open up your mind to find more opportunity rather than just relying on repairing one
item. Think of a way to minimise cost and always look out for new customers. I know that it is not easy to do such thing but it is better
than just wait in the repair shop and wait for things to improved itself. Be the person to make things happen and not the one who wait
for things to happen. Take care of yourself and have a good and blessed day ahead!