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Mid Atlantic Conference 2017
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Mid Atlantic Conference 2017

By June Lindberg
 
EPEA’s Mid-Atlantic Conference will be back at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center in beautiful Virginia Beach, Virginia. The conference will begin on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 with registration followed by Hospitality. There will be a selection of classes, seminars, meals, hospitality, friendship and networking that will last to Sunday, June 11, 2017.

This conference has long been known as a premier platform for training and information in the electronics and appliance industry. This year we have made this even more AFFORDABLE than ever. You will save money on registration ($149.00 per person) and even our hotel suites cost of $109.00 has not increased in at least three years.

This year’s line-up is scheduled to include:
      Philips TV
      Panasonic Commercial Microwaves
      Polaroid TV
      LCD / LED o/w Panel Repair
      Sealed System Refrigeration (2 day hands on)
      Getting Started in Appliance Repair
      Best Ideas
      Getting into e-bay Sales
      8 Tasty Meals
      Trade Show with Buffet
      Round Table discussion with manufacturers and distributors

Go to our website vpea.org to register and pay online. Call the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel direct to make reservations at 757-481-9000. Be sure to mention that you are with “MAC 2017” to get our special room rate.

Can’t wait to see everyone at MAC 2017!!

If you have any questions, contact:
June Lindberg  email:  jblindberg2@cox.net  Phone: 757-305-8715
Al Moses  email:  dralmoses@comcast.net  Phone: 302-242-8723
 

Bright future for those who want it!

By James Staton Jr., James’ TV and Audio Repair, Milton, DE

The one true reality of electronics is that nothing lasts forever. Even though the days of high priced repairs are gone forever there is still a market for electronic repair. As more shops shut down the market will grow due to the lack of supply of shops, if that makes sense.

More and more everyday gadgets are damaged or fail and are eligible for repair by willing technicians. There will be the repairs that won’t seem “worth it”, but that’s the catch. Small fish bring the whoppers! The small lamp repair could bring the grandma’s old stereo that’s been sitting in the basement for years and now the family wants it to work no matter the cost. Enter the tech that took the time to rewire and tighten up that old lamp. Yes, the days of the shop with five techs on the road and three on the bench are a long gone memory but the entrepreneurial mind that’s sparked by the need to succeed cannot and will not accept the prospect of shutting down. Necessity and desperation is the mother of invention. Diversion to other aspects of the repair industry begins to grow into appliances, audio, computers, small engines, vacuum cleaners etc. Anything to make a buck.

What is going to emerge will be a return to the old “Fix-it Shop”. The wave of the future in repair is the “Jack of All Trades”. There’s not enough repair work to focus on one aspect unless you’re a master auto mechanic so the need to fix a little of everything will have to take over. For most of us, all we know is repair. If anyone is like me who fell into TV repair but have a great deal of knowledge in fixing other things large and small they should see that as a commodity. Advertise and sell that knowledge! Self-employment is not something that we loose a taste for. Once feasted upon, we never lose the desire for it. So, why let it go to waste? I have a teaching that I have instilled in all of my children is that the more versatile you are, the more valuable you become to yourself. I’ve learned that anything I can learn that someone else can’t do, I can charge for that so I’ve learned some of everything.

Keep in mind that I am not a writer, but I wanted to write this to inspire anyone in this industry that feels they can’t make it because TV prices are down. Repair is repair, so there is always something to fix and we are the ones to do it. We just need to get out of the box and see what we know. What we don’t know, we can learn. One thing’s for sure, we can’t give up. Never again will a supervisor or boss who gets up on the wrong side of the bed determine my future.

How about you?
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