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I'm just wondering if any of you here build and sell your own custom rigs. If so, how are things going for you in this down economy? On average what is the turnaround time from build to sale? Where do you advertise your services? How profitable has it remained? Any success or horror stories?

I'm curious because I want to start building PC's as a hobby but would like to make some profit to supplement a new build for myself

Thanks in advance for any insight
Edited by Heazy - 10/18/11 at 6:51am
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im sure the competition is tough. there are already a lot of mdoders/repair techs on here with good reputations. there are still crazy people like us that build gaming pcs(a hobby is a hobby), but you'd probably have to start local. good luck though man, i would love to do it to, i just dont know the right people haha.
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post #3 of 13
Your best bet would be to keep it a Quality over Quantity based model. Make 2 or 3 decent rigs with a low buyin price and sell them off. Keep in mind people will want support and what do you do if a part fails or dies?

Are you going to get an order before you build or are you going to pre build systems and hope to selll them? Your profit and the viability of the project will all come to to how cheap you can source your parts.

If only it was as simple as just building a system and selling it off.
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Getting a start in the OEM PC business is very difficult regardless of economy. The main reason if you can't afford to buy in bulk and therefor can't really compete with big OEM prices.

This leave you the enthusiast market which is chock full of established companies. If you do want to go down this road, then start local and take advantage of the one thing you have the OEM's won't, which is the time to make housecalls and provide tons of support.

If you aren't willing to invest a lot of time in this, then I wouldn't recommend a business beyond helping some family/friends with PC builds and getting some tips out of it.

In fact, you'll have a much easier time making money with a PC repair business rather than a custom PC building business.
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post #5 of 13
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I should have clarified, I'm not necessarily looking to start a business. My thought process was basically

1. "Would like to build new PC, can't really afford it"
2. "Craigslist is full of people overpricing their PC's with 0 bang for the buck"
3. "Maybe I can build cost-efficient rigs and sell them for a little profit" (To supplement building a new rig for myself)

On top of that I was just genuinely curious who has had success building and selling their own rigs in a downturn economy. But I appreciate the input so far, I would definitely be aiming for quality over quantity.

In all honesty the PC repair market seems really over saturated, but I see nothing local as far as selling really efficient, fair priced PCs.
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post #6 of 13
Margins are razor thin on lower-end units and long-term support is expensive. The only place to make money is on high-end builds. However, people with $1K+ generally rather go to an established name for that much.

Even OEMs are wary of this business and they have the advantage of economies of scale. They pay $30-50 for a W7 license while you have to pay $80-100.

Best place to do this is friends + family.
Edited by DuckieHo - 10/18/11 at 8:51am
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It can be done, i have been doing it for almost 10 years as a hobby, mostly meadium to high end gameing systems. I dont make a fortune, but do make some extra ching every year, and constantly upgrade my own system with profits. Just make sure you can stand behind your build, explain your hardware and make very sure you know what your doing. Plus that the buyer understands you are not dell-lol, you dont have a tech line for them to call-and list and give them all warrenty,s on hardware, other wise i install mainly only the os, and limited free software to get them started. anything else is up to them if they want custom hardware or software installed than i will.

Also a big family helps with lots of kids that want to game to get started-lol. Than its college freinds, lazy gameing freinds, so on-lol. Ya it can work.

P.S. i have 4 systems in my house at all times, not includeing the 2 laptops. KIDS!!!!!!!!!!
    
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Do it locally and you'll end up making a decent amount.
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Do it locally and you'll end up making a decent amount.
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Do it locally and you'll end up making a decent amount.
This is what I was hoping for.
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