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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?

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I would like to add here that after receiving more iPods, I tested the "junky" digitizers on them, and they worked fine. So it appears that the issue was actually the logic board.

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So we've been fairly quiet about it because we're trying to make sure we're ready for the onslaught of demand but we've actually launched a wholesale parts supply source:

https://www.ifixit.com/Pro/wholesale

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I bought a few parts from different sites and I never tried the cheapest ones. Furthermore I use to buy just a maximum of two or three from the same user/vendor. I've established a value around 30 bucks to pay for it. I wouldn't trust too much on something cheaper.

It's a bit annoying I know, and it costs more money for sure, but I never had any issue with bad parts.

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i bought some parts from www.missionrepair.com before and had a really pleasant experience. bought a screen for my ipod and went back and bought some ram and a hard drive to upgrade my macbook.

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Parts for Pods

I keep finding amazing little things for my various gadgets, including iPhone, Mac, Olympus etc. at some of the chinese websites.

Taobao is a little tricky since only in chinese. But with Google's browser it is possible.

Else take a look at Alibaba. It is not a retail-site but when I ask politely, most producers show mercy and sell me one or two of, what-ever-I-need-this-time.

Good luck

Pedersen

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I have discovered the the 3rd gen IPod has a 2nd gen screen/dig on it. I tried to replace it with a 3rd gen and it will not connect at all. I am waiting for a reseller to respond and hope that this will solve my issue.

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