How does one find decent replacement iPod parts?
I have several 2nd generation iPods (MC086 3rd generation 8GB to be exact) that require digitizer replacements. Being the beginner Mr. Fixit that I am, I have run into an issue. I cannot find quality replacement parts, and more specifically, quality digitizer assemblies.
My first intention was to purchase parts from ebay user gadgetfix. I ordered several digitizer assemblies from this user, which ended up being model 821-0627-03. I attempted touch screen repairs with these units, and they simply did not respond. Looking at the original digitizer, the model number is 821-0627-A. And apparently after much google searching, these -A models do not explicitly exist on the internet.
I am looking for the advice of a person who routinely purchases these parts and repairs ipods successfully with them. I'd rather not go through the lengthly task of purchasing digitizer assemblies from different ebay users and try each one, in the hopes that eventually one of them works. Purchasing the $60 versions is unfortunately not an option, as that would mean the cost of the replacement part would often be larger than the cost of the entire broken iPod itself, and furthermore I would lose money on such a case.
So, what is an iPod repair tech to do, if one wanted to replace an iPod Touch 2G digitizer?
Is this a good question?