I Spent $275 on Broken Joy-Cons - Can I Fix Them for Profit?

  • Published: 06 July 2019
  • I Spent $275 on Broken Joy-Cons - Can I Fix Them for Profit? I bought 18 untested Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons on eBay to see if I could fix them and then sell them to make money. The Joy-Con conditions varied with some working correctly already and others having problems like broken R buttons, control stick issues, a missing rail, and I even fixed a controller that wouldn't stop buzzing.

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    About This Video: I bought 18 Switch Joy-Con controllers for $15.27 per controller. The most common problem I found was broken R buttons but I also had to work on thumb stick problems, replace a missing rail, and replace a motherboard. I ended up being able to fix 16 out of the 18 and I've already sold 5 of them for a profit of about $10 per controller.

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Comments • 1 161

  • TronicsFix
    TronicsFix   4 months back

    Just posted a sales update on these over on my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tronicsfix/

    • Gern Blanston
      Gern Blanston  2 months back

      What is your eBay seller ID? Interested to see what you sell there.

    • BlitzGamerJasper YT
      BlitzGamerJasper YT  3 months back

      Yeah may I have some

    • Elizabeth Cole
      Elizabeth Cole  3 months back

      There has been a class action lawsuit filed against Nintendo for broken Joycons... I feel like game consoles are getting progressively more fragile with each generation.

    • Mike Drums
      Mike Drums  4 months back

      But how much did you make from this video?

    • Anonymous faggot
      Anonymous faggot  4 months back

      @Alex Ochoa kek ok you Chinese booth worker, not everyone does component level repairs, sometimes it's easier to swap boards... I realise I sound like apple, but honestly, if he still makes profit and the clients don't pay more... I don't see an issue...

  • pls forgibe me senpai
    pls forgibe me senpai  5 hours back

    His face in the thumbnail: "please god I need to fix these I've wasted my savings on them my wife will kill me"

    • Joe House
      Joe House  9 hours back

      What was the average time it took to fix each one

      • kuntal darji
        kuntal darji  2 days back

        Fix my broken 💔....

        • That Gamer Girl Lexi
          That Gamer Girl Lexi  2 days back

          Hey, does that electric screwdriver work with ifix it bits? I can't tell if that's what you're using or not

          • That Gamer Girl Lexi
            That Gamer Girl Lexi  2 days back

            @TronicsFix Thank you. Looks a lot easier than using a normal screwdriver especially when you are opening a lot of devices

          • TronicsFix
            TronicsFix   2 days back

            Yes it does

        • Oliver Stroh
          Oliver Stroh  3 days back

          Can't you just do a continuity check to see if the button is operable without going through the soldering process?

          • Miroslaw Krzysztofczyk

            Ur gonna get money for that
            Very surprised about so much working joycons

            • Curex666
              Curex666  1 weeks back

              Music is a bit louder than you try to lower it

              • Jose Villegas
                Jose Villegas  1 weeks back

                Hey boss, do you have a video about the lights on the joy-cons? I got a pair that those light are not working anymore and one day I realized the SR and SL bottons does not work either. Can this be fixed?

                • TronicsFix
                  TronicsFix   1 weeks back

                  Probably has a bad ribbon cable inside the joycon

              • Adam Schlinker
                Adam Schlinker  1 weeks back

                It made me very uncomfortable how hard you slammed those controllers in the rails. Hahaha.

                • Lorin Fortuna
                  Lorin Fortuna  2 weeks back

                  if the buzzer motor has only 2 connectors (-+ terminals) why did you try to replace it? :)) its already working as intended. this one is misleading. controller issue it seems

                  • Jonathan Rodriguez
                    Jonathan Rodriguez  2 weeks back

                    Hello Excuse me Where do you buy the items in large quantities to repair? Could you pass some link to give me an idea?

                    • mike halton
                      mike halton  2 weeks back

                      Really cheap design from nintendo I expected more quality from them.

                      • MKAlpha -Fortnite
                        MKAlpha -Fortnite  2 weeks back

                        10:55 song?

                        • Sabbir Ahamed
                          Sabbir Ahamed  2 weeks back

                          Why is your video keeps showing up? I can't stop watching.....

                          • Legendary
                            Legendary  2 weeks back

                            These videos are amazing but it makes me so mad at the original owners. It's disgusting that there's people out there who don't know how to take care of a $400 device. I've had mine almost a year and it does not have a spec of dust anywhere on it.

                            • LudwigVonKoopa
                              LudwigVonKoopa  2 weeks back

                              Me: "Hey TronicsFix, you seem to be a very professional and passionate tronics fixer. I got a dirty motherboard here, needs some cleaning. Now, I want to be very careful, do you know any special cleaning devices to use since I really do not wanna damage ..."

                              TronicsFix: "Use a toothbrush."

                              Me: "... ... ..."

                            • Peanut
                              Peanut  2 weeks back

                              Your videos are awesome, I’ve really been hooked on them lately! How did you go about learning how to do all this when you started?

                              • Peanut
                                Peanut  2 weeks back

                                TronicsFix makes sense. Thanks for being an inspiration to us tech fans out here! 😊

                              • TronicsFix
                                TronicsFix   2 weeks back

                                Glad you're enjoying them! Honestly I just bought broken stuff and tried to fix it. Just kept doing that and learning as I went

                            • DasAntiNaziBroetchen
                              DasAntiNaziBroetchen  3 weeks back

                              I have a feeling you are buying all your broken stuff for really high prices. If you want, I can send you broken stuff from Japan, which is dirt cheap here.

                              • TronicsFix
                                TronicsFix   2 weeks back

                                Cool! How much is a lot of 20 broken Switches plus shipping to Oregon?

                            • Lizuket
                              Lizuket  3 weeks back

                              0:10 "I don't know whats wrong with any of em" Theres one missing literally the whole rail XD no disrepect I just lol

                              • ShamblerDK
                                ShamblerDK  3 weeks back

                                That bonus one could be a real hit with the ladies.

                                • Keisuke 4321
                                  Keisuke 4321  3 weeks back

                                  I wish to get more into repair . My fixes revolve around iPhones so I have never done (less expensive repairs where I can buy lots of them) but is it better to buy new parts for the fixes or buy a lot like this and salvage parts off of ones that don’t work such as salvaging a joystick or battery* from one to use on another. (If I were not really planning on selling them. I am just interested on opening things up and fixing whatever is possible) ((I’m sorry if my question is unclear)

                                  • Splac L
                                    Splac L  3 weeks back

                                    I had joycondrift on my brand-new switch, I hit it a few times and now it works perfectly.
                                    Not sure i'd recommend that though.

                                    • TronicsFix
                                      TronicsFix   3 weeks back

                                      Ha, ha...that's one way to fix it I guess!

                                  • Haters Gonna Hate
                                    Haters Gonna Hate  3 weeks back

                                    i don´t have a switch but this guy is great and enjoy his videos a lot. Thanks

                                  • lookingjust987654321
                                    lookingjust987654321  3 weeks back

                                    appreciate the heck out of these, but cleaning that joystick versus the $4 replacement seems to be a waste of time when you think about $/hr.

                                    • noon
                                      noon  3 weeks back

                                      Yep. But the 589k views is the main reason he does this

                                  • Johnny Garcia
                                    Johnny Garcia  3 weeks back

                                    Love your channel man ! Great stuff ! 👍🏼

                                    • TronicsFix
                                      TronicsFix   3 weeks back

                                      Thanks! Glad you're enjoying it.

                                  • Drgnflms7
                                    Drgnflms7  4 weeks back

                                    The plural of Joycon is "Joycon" much like you have more than one Amiibo, still just Amiibo... Nintendo is weird like that! (Also just giving ya crap, love the videos!)

                                    • Stealth_ XI
                                      Stealth_ XI  4 weeks back

                                      Not relevant but i bought a xbox fortnite edition controller it was working fine but then a few weeks later my rb doesn't work when i press it responds but sometimes it just doesn't respond :/ edit: the controller just came out

                                      • Kate
                                        Kate  4 weeks back

                                        wonder how many of those broken corner buttons are caused by dropped switches

                                        • Mark Alien
                                          Mark Alien  4 weeks back

                                          The music in this video is fantastic!

                                        • Joshua Furlong
                                          Joshua Furlong  1 months back

                                          What I got out of this is the buttons suck

                                          • GQinc Mower repair
                                            GQinc Mower repair  1 months back

                                            drifting joycons can usuailly be fixed with canned air or rubbing alcohol

                                            • jerry Perez
                                              jerry Perez  1 months back

                                              7 adds for 1 vid dang dude wana get rich

                                              • TronicsFix
                                                TronicsFix   1 months back

                                                They're put in automatically

                                            • Andreas Giöbel
                                              Andreas Giöbel  1 months back

                                              Buy an ultrasonic cleaner for all the small parts, and plastic will be like new (u know what I mean), and u dont have to do manual labour cleaning. I mean since u got the electric screw driver might aswell make the cleaning easy

                                              • Carol K
                                                Carol K  1 months back

                                                Don't get me wrong...you know what you're doing...but u got ripped off paying that much for broken controllers

                                                • David
                                                  David  1 months back

                                                  I need to re solder my nephews R button. I have a soldering kit do I also need thermal paste? I’m pretty new to all of this

                                                  • JOE MAMA
                                                    JOE MAMA  1 months back

                                                    Can someone send a link of someone repairing the rails plz

                                                    • Absolute8384
                                                      Absolute8384  1 months back

                                                      I Don’t Know Why I’m Addicted To This Channel.... It’s SOO Good And Interesting. Maybe It’s Because I’m Not Mechanically Inclined So It’s Cool Too See The Insides Of These Things.

                                                      • RentonGamingYT
                                                        RentonGamingYT  1 months back

                                                        One problem the controllers that function perfectly fine might have is the plastic rail lock failing, which also seems to fail a lot, but what do I know? I’m just a dumb 10 year old on YouTube.

                                                        • LorkM copper casting
                                                          LorkM copper casting  1 months back

                                                          Hi, you are a magician.

                                                          • azjen
                                                            azjen  1 months back

                                                            that screwdriver does look awesome

                                                            • Naw Sp
                                                              Naw Sp  1 months back

                                                              What is the reason behind number 18?!

                                                              • Qardo
                                                                Qardo  1 months back

                                                                Some of the controllers. We should press charges of abuse on their former owners. Geez.

                                                                • Jim King
                                                                  Jim King  1 months back

                                                                  My mouth. I can do this..

                                                                  My brain. Why you lie.

                                                                  • donut132
                                                                    donut132  1 months back

                                                                    how much to fix joycons? :P

                                                                    • Giovanni Manfredi
                                                                      Giovanni Manfredi  1 months back

                                                                      Man I worked as a car repairer for 11 years and I love to fix things. now I've already spent 2 hours watching you fixing switches and joycons. You got awesome skills!

                                                                      • TronicsFix
                                                                        TronicsFix   1 months back

                                                                        I was a mechanic for 10ish years!

                                                                    • MacKnight
                                                                      MacKnight  2 months back

                                                                      Louis Rossmann demand more flux! ^_^

                                                                      • Alexander theGreat
                                                                        Alexander theGreat  2 months back

                                                                        You and Louis Rossman make me want to get a hakko and a multi-meter and try repairing my own broken crap.