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

  • Published on Jul 5, 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 • 1 214

  • TronicsFix
    TronicsFix  5 months ago +153

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

    • Gern Blanston
      Gern Blanston 3 months ago

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

    • BlitzGamerJasper YT
      BlitzGamerJasper YT 4 months ago

      Yeah may I have some

    • Elizabeth Cole
      Elizabeth Cole 4 months ago +1

      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 ago +3

      But how much did you make from this video?

    • Anonymous faggot
      Anonymous faggot 4 months ago

      @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...

  • DJ DubieWubie
    DJ DubieWubie Day ago

    Me, a joy con collector: wow, they are all of the old ones.
    Also me: *Notices the mario odysey red joy-cons* WHO WOULD GIVE THOSE AWAY?!

  • Anna Hinly
    Anna Hinly Day ago

    You should say what stuff your using and what your doing while saudering

  • Larry M
    Larry M 3 days ago +1

    Seems like a lot of work for each one to make just 10 or 15 bucks a piece. I can't stop watching it though cause I know if I tried any of this I would screw it up so bad and I love seeing stuff get taken apart and fixed like this.

  • Cameron W
    Cameron W 3 days ago

    Great video.
    I just finished re-shellingy my Joy-Cons, and now the zR but isn't registering. I've taken it apart and everything looks perfect. The tact switch clicks and everything is intact. The ribbon cable appears to be properly seated. Driving me nuts. Any suggestions for further troubleshooting?

  • MasterCommandCEO
    MasterCommandCEO 4 days ago

    Love this video! I'm learning a lot!

  • Faisal AL siddiqi
    Faisal AL siddiqi 6 days ago

    Great channel.. i just wanted to let you know that ive had a joycon that works fine in general however it had a problem connecting sideways (as a single controller ) it would only work as a right joycon not when you pair it as a single controller... Just thought you should know that ..
    Keep up the great work !

  • riinneee
    riinneee 7 days ago

    Please disconnect the battery when repairing things, just really annoyed me that you weren’t doing that.

  • Anggara Dwi
    Anggara Dwi 7 days ago

    Why everyone watching videos at 3 in the morning?

  • Meeknhurz
    Meeknhurz 7 days ago

    I don't even have a Nintendo switch but I enjoy watching these videos for some reason xD

  • jack frost
    jack frost 7 days ago

    Did you really spend $8,000.00 of equipment to repair this stuff?

  • Serpent Society
    Serpent Society 8 days ago

    Your videos are so informative and interesting

  • Grandmaster Yoda
    Grandmaster Yoda 12 days ago

    Surgeons: 1:40

  • Rinnegan Neko
    Rinnegan Neko 12 days ago +3

    This guy, I like him, good disassembly videos, no filling cr4p, no story of my life to make the video longer than it needs to be, just a good video about what the title says.

  • James Thornock
    James Thornock 13 days ago


  • Punpire gangsta J
    Punpire gangsta J 13 days ago

    Great music
    Keep music

  • Kristaps Gailis
    Kristaps Gailis 13 days ago

    19:00-19:10 this for all the nice ladies out there! :D

  • ZombieHoOk GamePlays
    ZombieHoOk GamePlays 14 days ago

    you should tried with isopropyl alcohol i solve without desmantle the joycon

  • wmzx er
    wmzx er 14 days ago +1

    This guy sounds like a Kermit who works for bike repairs

  • Evan Smith
    Evan Smith 14 days ago

    I mean...dont worry about that profit, you got that sweet, sweet ad revenue :)

  • Scrūd G
    Scrūd G 14 days ago

    I want joycon , joycon only hahaha

  • Liam Kentucky
    Liam Kentucky 14 days ago

    Where do you get extra joy sticks??

  • Revive Back
    Revive Back 14 days ago

    $15 each for BROKEN items is way too expensive... add the time you spend fixing, listing the items on a website, packaging and shipping then GG you lost money

  • CJ fix it
    CJ fix it 14 days ago +1

    I think most of the L and R buttons are from the console being dropped... What do you think?

    • TronicsFix
      TronicsFix  14 days ago

      I think it's from people pushing REALLY hard on the buttons.

  • Brady Thacker
    Brady Thacker 15 days ago

    Not to hate but u should wear a hat

  • N͟͞a͟͞t͟͞e͟͞ P͟͞l͟͞a͟͞y͟͞s͟͞

    Hey because you can fix stuff can you fix my heart?

  • Dave E.
    Dave E. 15 days ago

    Despicable they engineered that button to fail. And yes it is their fault. A button stop would prevent these from failing.

  • Martin Evans
    Martin Evans 16 days ago

    Do you have an ebay account for selling, and if so, what is it?

    • Tech-Nic
      Tech-Nic 14 days ago +1

      Martin Evans I think he sells them in his shop

    GALAXY 17 days ago

    the music sucks

  • DoTy Games
    DoTy Games 17 days ago

    When i know this i sendeted you a pair joy cons (ps: im from germany and my englisch is BAD)

  • AAJ
    AAJ 17 days ago

    Please 10 PS4

  • Andre Silva
    Andre Silva 17 days ago

    how crap these joysticks are.. if you buy a switch, you will need a lot of extra video chips and also lots of pushbuttons.

  • TheChosenOne
    TheChosenOne 17 days ago

    22:10 his surprised face

  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham Lincoln 18 days ago

    you can buy that same electric screw driver for much cheaper from other amazon sellers. i found another seller selling the same exact thing for $30 instead of $50 in the link

  • Marcello Gonçalves
    Marcello Gonçalves 19 days ago

    We can see that joycons have a problem with the R buttons. Most likely a design failure

  • Guy that games a lot
    Guy that games a lot 19 days ago

    Why when you put the joycons in the Colour is white on the side of switch

  • LilLean69
    LilLean69 21 day ago +2

    17:13 is my problem and u didn’t even try to fix it lowkey kinda sad

  • 1 - คริสเตียน โดมีนิค คาลิก

    So now this pair of *Joy-Cans* is fixed

  • Light Light
    Light Light 23 days ago

    Sell em saying they aren't broken. BAM money😀👍

  • Aaron_GKV
    Aaron_GKV 26 days ago +1

    I come from the three videos of repairing 20 switch, and i think i might have found my new favourite repairing channel!!

    • TronicsFix
      TronicsFix  25 days ago +1

      Hey thanks! So glad you're enjoying these!

  • Lucas Abido Figueiro
    Lucas Abido Figueiro 27 days ago

    My left joycon does not charge correctly and keeps popping the low battery warning even when plugged to the switch.
    Have you saw any like this? Do you think replacing the rails would fix?

  • Petr Sourek
    Petr Sourek 28 days ago

    I like 121ES more .-) But I think I will try this xiaomi one with internal battery (I got for 2xAAA batteries).

  • Fraggie
    Fraggie 28 days ago

    Used a crappy tri-wing screwdriver and now the screws on my joy con are messed up, wanted to implement a metal buckle upgrade, very distressed atm :(

  • Alcsaar0
    Alcsaar0 28 days ago +1

    That electric precision screwdriver would be so helpful. I broke my right wrist a few years back and even since then that repetitive motion of using a screw driver destroys my wrist.

  • pls forgibe me senpai
    pls forgibe me senpai 29 days ago +1

    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 29 days ago

    What was the average time it took to fix each one

  • Kuntal Darji
    Kuntal Darji Month ago

    Fix my broken 💔....

  • That Gamer Girl Lexi
    That Gamer Girl Lexi Month ago +1

    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 Month ago

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

    • TronicsFix
      TronicsFix  Month ago +1

      Yes it does

  • Oliver Stroh
    Oliver Stroh Month ago

    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 Month ago

    Music is a bit louder than you try to lower it

  • Jose Villegas
    Jose Villegas Month ago +1

    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  Month ago

      Probably has a bad ribbon cable inside the joycon

  • Adam Schlinker
    Adam Schlinker Month ago

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

  • Lorin Fortuna
    Lorin Fortuna Month ago

    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 Month ago

    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 Month ago

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

  • Sabbir Ahamed
    Sabbir Ahamed Month ago

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

  • Legendary
    Legendary Month ago

    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 Month ago +2

    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: "... ... ..."