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 • 851

  • TronicsFix
    TronicsFix   2 weeks back

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

    • Anonymous faggot
      Anonymous faggot  7 days back

      Nice! Glad to see you made your money back!

    • lowrads
      lowrads  7 days back

      I'm routinely buying new microphone headsets because I sit on them. Consider doing a video on piezoelectric diagnostics for us simpletons?

    • Gazz_gxd23
      Gazz_gxd23  1 weeks back

      @tronixfix I need help with my ps4 is blinks blue and my screen is all black....I got the ps4 slim with 1tb what can I do to fix it

    • fun time
      fun time  1 weeks back

      I saw that. Less than #2.00 profit so far, with 4 left to sell. The real question is, how much of your time was taken fixing them. And what was your time worth? It just doesn't seem like you are making any profit,. In fact, I am betting that you are losing money.

    • James Benjamin
      James Benjamin  1 weeks back

      @Alex Garcia use a small enough torx bit at an angle with a good amount of pressure and turn it counterclockwise little by little. Or super glue a spare bit to it and once it dries turn counterclockwise to back it out. Or you can drill it out but you may cause more damage

  • Spencer oximina
    Spencer oximina  2 hours back

    Me Trying to fix it
    -Remove all the Parts

    -One Screw is gone
    -accidentally cut one wire
    -I made the problem worst
    -And i forgot how to put them back together

    • KingBerrryyy
      KingBerrryyy  3 hours back

      The background music was very distracting but love your videos and content nonetheless!

      • omegahippe
        omegahippe  4 hours back

        Yo it's mac's dad!

        • Magenta Magenta
          Magenta Magenta  8 hours back

          I clicked because I thought of Etika rip bro

          • Scythe X
            Scythe X  9 hours back

            Can You Fix Mine😂🤣 They Keep Drifting

            • Annette Young
              Annette Young  11 hours back

              can i get the dark red - and the blue plus joy con plz

              • lando!
                lando!  11 hours back

                the music is

                • Austin N
                  Austin N  13 hours back

                  He probably found them in the gamestop dumpster

                  • Will Pleptic Eye
                    Will Pleptic Eye  13 hours back

                    Would gladdley pay 20-30 pounds for a pair of controllers I don’t mind if there not a matching pair

                    • Hector Rodriguez Vega
                      Hector Rodriguez Vega  14 hours back

                      This is so oddly satisfying to watch... you just earned a subscriber!

                      • wakeskata
                        wakeskata  14 hours back

                        I'm new to fixing electronics, and am wondering if somebody can explain to me how flux paste is used? When do you use it vs actual rosin core solder? To an outsider, it appears to magically remove and attach pieces haha!

                        • Ragemaster
                          Ragemaster  15 hours back

                          Hey, at least it's a better science project than dissecting a frog.

                          • Robert Donnelly
                            Robert Donnelly  15 hours back

                            Joy-Con has anybody even noticed the name of these controllers. Joy what a con

                          • ーススペードのエ
                            ーススペードのエ  16 hours back

                            Wanna join my free joycon repair class? Just pay me £500 to get started

                            Get the joke?

                            • Nyx Daniels
                              Nyx Daniels  18 hours back

                              S T O N K S

                              • Acuatic Galaxy
                                Acuatic Galaxy  21 hours back

                                You forgot to test the motion controls!

                                • WOLF HD
                                  WOLF HD  1 days back

                                  Were they listed as returns? They just seems like faulty ones where things have just fallen or come apart or are just generally faulty

                                  • BART NAIL
                                    BART NAIL  1 days back

                                    You want liquid damage? Let me dump my controllers in milk and I'll mail them to ya.

                                    • LordeKai
                                      LordeKai  1 days back

                                      I’d watch if that background music wasn’t berating my ears the entire video

                                      • Luca Rossi
                                        Luca Rossi  1 days back

                                        Wow those shoulder buttons are so weak.

                                        • MitchGames
                                          MitchGames  1 days back

                                          I wish i knew this guy. I would literally pay him to fix all my electronics lol

                                          • Alphonse Smith
                                            Alphonse Smith  1 days back

                                            Hey! Trying to fix drift on one of my joycons by replacing it but one of my Y screws got stripped. Is there any delicate way to remove the screw so i can actually get into the joycon?

                                            • umeki
                                              umeki  1 days back

                                              hey i really like your videos but can you lower the music/ take it off? its so much nicer when its just no sound or my own music if i want

                                              • 117TheWolf
                                                117TheWolf  1 days back

                                                I'll be honest - every time I see one of your thumbnails I cringe a bit... Your content is great but your thumbnail game could use some work. Your expression always looks like "I'm dead inside, but here's what I think a smile looks like"... The typical "goofy face + close-up of relevant item" formula is definitely overplayed, but that's because it works. Try a few humanizing close-ups of your own face matched with a nice picture of a joy-con, or whatever is on the repair order for a given episode - the thumbnail is the first, and all-too-often often only, advertisement you get the opportunity to present to a potential viewer - make sure you take the most of that chance!

                                                • Tuxedo Mask
                                                  Tuxedo Mask  1 days back

                                                  Buying switch joycon in the first place is a bad idea.

                                                  • GHCMargarita
                                                    GHCMargarita  1 days back

                                                    RIP ETIKA BTW

                                                    • Easyflux
                                                      Easyflux  2 days back

                                                      Man, they really didn't think that top button through, huh? It seems to break if you stare at it too hard.

                                                      • Jan Caspar Esguerra
                                                        Jan Caspar Esguerra  2 days back

                                                        relaxing and enjoying ur repairing stuff ..i like those

                                                        • Baker 23
                                                          Baker 23  2 days back

                                                          I think a great I deal would be to buy a transparent shell, at least for one's that are badly worned out and sell it for a higher price. You would definitely make a higher profit!

                                                          • Nige Fige
                                                            Nige Fige  2 days back

                                                            TronicsFix help me i have ps4 controller but when i want to move forward i have to push r3 hard to move forward

                                                            • Michael Palomino
                                                              Michael Palomino  2 days back


                                                              • Kruemmelbande The Cat
                                                                Kruemmelbande The Cat  2 days back

                                                                The music is way too loud.

                                                                • Suki Her
                                                                  Suki Her  2 days back

                                                                  Let me guess they all drift lol

                                                                  • El don Pepo
                                                                    El don Pepo  2 days back

                                                                    *You are AMAZING!!!!*

                                                                    • Leonardo Zoffi
                                                                      Leonardo Zoffi  2 days back

                                                                      Do you check the rumble?

                                                                      • AintFalco
                                                                        AintFalco  2 days back


                                                                        • manny q
                                                                          manny q  2 days back

                                                                          I wish I could buy the left joycon used but that drift problem is a matter of wear. Nintendo fudged it up especially when they know that have a game like smash out

                                                                          • ThePsychoRenegade
                                                                            ThePsychoRenegade  2 days back

                                                                            Music's mixed a bit too loud but interesting video.

                                                                            • ava lopez
                                                                              ava lopez  2 days back

                                                                              does anyone know how to get a pair of new blue joycons in the states

                                                                              • nephacks
                                                                                nephacks  2 days back

                                                                                jerryrigeverything but he repairs stuff instead

                                                                                • Aemilius
                                                                                  Aemilius  2 days back


                                                                                  • garuda58024
                                                                                    garuda58024  2 days back

                                                                                    so the weakest part of joy con is the L&R button so small and brittle

                                                                                    • #JusticeForMumkey
                                                                                      #JusticeForMumkey  2 days back

                                                                                      I would argue it's the thumbsticks because they are so prone to drift

                                                                                  • michael hartman
                                                                                    michael hartman  2 days back

                                                                                    Can we talk about that white theme he uses?

                                                                                    • DeJay T.
                                                                                      DeJay T.  2 days back

                                                                                      Can i have a pair of joycons

                                                                                      • Brickbuilder 777
                                                                                        Brickbuilder 777  2 days back

                                                                                        Hi I was wondering how I could fix two left joy cons that there analog sticks drift it is really bugging me and I don’t know how to fix it.

                                                                                      • Just some Gamer
                                                                                        Just some Gamer  2 days back

                                                                                        You should give it back to them or them paying you

                                                                                        • thrashedfingers
                                                                                          thrashedfingers  2 days back

                                                                                          18 broken Joy-Cons from eBay in the repair shop
                                                                                          Big hard throbbing cons wanting to be fixed
                                                                                          18 broken Joy-Cons wanting no stick drift
                                                                                          Joy-Cons from eBay in the repair shop
                                                                                          On Nintendo Switches wanting to sync
                                                                                          The repair shop really swings

                                                                                          Hot hard flawed Joy-Cons their cons throbbing hard
                                                                                          18 more faulty Joy-Cons out in the yard
                                                                                          Big bulging cons ever so hard

                                                                                          Fixes in the repair shop @TronicsFix
                                                                                          Big hard throbbing cons ramming Joy-Con butt
                                                                                          Like a breeding ram wanting to rut

                                                                                          Big hard throbbing sticks getting blown on real deep
                                                                                          Joy-Cons even getting fixed with no creep
                                                                                          The repair shop, it rocks
                                                                                          Joy-Cons love getting their stick drift to stop