When it comes to electronics, consumers are bombarded by companies to purchase the latest and greatest gadgets. But you won't find any of that at Tech Discounts.
"Really what we've seen over the past few years is that every model that comes out isn't all that different from the year before," said Amanda LaGrange, the company CEO. "It's not quite as fast-paced as when all of a sudden we went from flip phones to having an iPhone."
LaGrange says that consumers don't necessarily need the newest models when it comes to smartphones and laptops.
"The change just isn't happening as fast," she said.
Which is one of the biggest reasons why business has boomed since the Golden Valley electronics recycling company, Tech Dump, launched its new retail store, Tech Discounts, last year.
"It was actually Earth Day last year," LaGrange recalled. "We piloted almost a glorified hallway in many ways, of trying to sell our refurbished products."
It didn't take long to realize that they needed more space.
In fact, the company has done so well that they opened up an expanded showroom in August. Since then, they opened up a store in Bloomington and they have another one on the way.
"There is absolutely a market," LaGrange said. "I think shoppers are very, very excited to find an opportunity to save sometimes 50-75 percent compared to going and shopping in a big box retailer."
She says many of the electronics sold here have a remaining lifespan of five to six years due to the fact that most of these recycled items came from major corporations.
"They use enterprise grade systems. They're not buying item off the shelf, and so those electronics are built and manufactured to last much longer," LaGrange said.
Last year alone, they refurbished 6,680 desktops and 4,819 laptop computers. Ultimately, they're giving the items a second life, and helping the environment in the process.
"The longer we can use our electronics, the better," LaGrange said.
The proceeds from sales at Tech Discount go toward employing adults who have spent time in the criminal justice system.
April 24, 2017