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Been given a quotation on fixing my laptop, is it about right?

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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
Went to get the charger fixed as it was broken (paid £15)
Charger didn't work.

Took the laptop to the shop and the guy said it must be the bit where the charger plugs in, something about the pins (sorry I am not very technical). As the charger works for him.

To strip the laptop and fit this new part he quoted us £80

Is that the average going rate?
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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#1
nah m8 thats a rip off. The part will cost him a couple of quid from maplins and if hes good should take him no more than an hour ( MAX ). He should be charging like 20 - 30 quid just for that. 80 quid is too much
#2
It is steep... £50 max

om4r's correct in saying the part will cost a couple of quid... if your competent enough with a solder iron you can easily so it yourself.
#3
ahhh thought as much!! Cheers for that
#4
A guy quoted me to fix my xbox £40-50 and told me he thinks it's a bit of solder's gone loose and needs resoldering so knowing how easy it would be to fix that I asked him again how much would that cost and he told me still £40-50? That would cost him nothing but open it up and solder it right?
#5
Well personally i'd of paid that.
Exactly the same thing happened to my old laptop, the pin snapped off.
Everywhere i went said they couldnt do anything with it.
My m8 said he could fix it but would have to take it apart!!
I said r u 100% sure u can put it all back together n it'll work ... YEH he said.
U can guess what happened next!!!

Its still sitting in a bottom draw in pieces :(
#6
In fairness, £80 isn't that bad a price. Yes, it's a reasonably simple job once the laptop's been opened, but opening a laptop and removing the motherboard can be a difficult and time consuming task, so you've got to consider the value of that time, and also factor in the 'insurance' money, where he ahs to charge a little extra to cover his back should anything go hideously and disasterously wrong, and require a much more expensive repair operation. The figure's under £100, which I think makes it a fairly realistic quote accounting for these expenses. It's not a pis-take quote (ie the £900 data recovery quotes, where all the job needs is five minutes with EasyRecover) by any means, imo.
#7
i don't think £80 is that bad
#8
I probs think it is coz i can do it myself so me paying 80 quid is probs alot
#9
if you went to the manufacturer , they would say a new mainboard, it happened on my fujitsu and i got the part on ebay and soldered it in myself (first time lucky). £80 is cheaper than a new laptop at the end of the day
#10
It all factors on something that nobody has mentioned, what laptop is it and is it worth £80 to get going again? or would it be more economical to sell as faulty (still get a fair bit on ebay as someone who knows what they are doing will buy) and put the $$ towards a new one
#11
Its a lot of money but it is what the market bears for laptop repairs where the motherboard itself needs alteration.. its an easy repair for someone familiar with that laptop, how it comes apart, and which exact part to solder to effect the repair.. thats the point, i could probably do it but it would take hours of research first and probably 2 hours to slowly prise the lappy apart and then sloooowly solder the new part on.. is it worth £80 to you?
#12
thank you for the replies, yea I see what people are saying,
not sure how much its worth tbh, its less than a year old its a HP530 dont know any more details as I can't get the laptop to switch on as the battery is dead
#13
ive got the same problem, and been quoted £80 too!!
#14
£80 is a fair price imo (I work for an IT support company)
#15
*katie*;4960745
ive got the same problem, and been quoted £80 too!!


Ahh makes me feel slightly better about it!
#16
4lyons09
, its less than a year old its a HP530 dont know any more details as I can't get the laptop to switch on as the battery is dead


No Guarantee/Warranty?
#17
I dont think £80 is that bad, its not going to be a standard part. He will have to remove the motherboard from the laptop, and then remove a broken part, then re solder a new one onto it. Rebuild the laptop then test it, guarantee it for a certain amount of time.

Some laptops aint easy to split apart. £80 is fair.com
#18
The Fox
No Guarantee/Warranty?


alot of warrantys dont cover this because it is wear and tear, well, we know it isnt, but they think it is. If you play hell with the shop and make up a fake IT specialists report that it was the workmanship or poor parts, they will probably just get it repaired for you! FREE!
#19
It was with 3 mobile broadband so not sure tbh.

If you play hell with the shop and make up a fake IT specialists report that it was the workmanship or poor parts, they will probably just get it repaired for you! FREE!
lol!!!

I may call a few local sole traders they may do it cheaper than an actual shop
#20
People who think its a rip off dont realise how much of a pain in he **** it is to take apart a laptop, then put it back together. To get to the power pin he would have to take out a lot of components. If it was cheap then you've got to think about the quality of work and if the person knows what he/she is doing
#21
maffster
£80 is cheaper than a new laptop at the end of the day


Which is what happened to me!!!! :(

Would rather of forked out just 80 quid!
#22
Had same problem with mine was covered under warranty sent it back to manufacturer fixed no problem no charge and new charger provided as well.

Would give them call first
#23
I personally work as a sole trader and think the price is fair. and yes you are also true that it will probably take no longer than an hour and the soldering is very simple to do even a moron could do it. but.. you are not only paying for the parts and time but the expertise of doing this for e.g a auto electrician comes out to your house costs you 40 call out fee then he works at an hourly rate but the rate is quite high in comparison to a house electrician but they do the same thing just on different appliances im sure with the correct cross training they could both do either thing.



I know its not quite the same thing but my point is your paying for the expertise also if i were doing this i would prob charge and hour and half labour to two hours all in which would be 60 - 80 but most shops i had dealt with in the past use to charge 200- 300 for a fix for the exact same problem.

now shops offer fixed fee on all laptops 239.99 any problem fixed so 80 is cheap really

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