Everyone has their limits, including John Park. “I just couldn’t get that excited and motivated about selling plastic resin anymore,” the 50-year-old Novi resident said. “I’ve always had an itch to start my own business; I just needed the right vehicle,” he said.
For the 25-year veteran of the automotive industry and his wife, Karen, that “vehicle” arrived earlier this month when they opened Experimac in Canton. Experimac is retail storefront that specializes in sales of pre-owned Apple® computers and devices; repair of laptops, phones and tablets; trade-ins of existing devices; software and system updates; and sales of accessories. Experimac’s store at 42114 Ford Road. is the state’s only location.
John had spent his career in sales and purchasing, while Karen has a background in human resources.
“When my two-year contract ended at my last company, I wanted to do something different,” Park said. “I knew that just about anything dealing with Apple® products would be a success. The more I found out about the business model, the more excited I got and the more I knew this was the ‘vehicle’ I was looking for.”
The Parks have invested a large part of their savings into launching their Experimac franchise, and are hoping to meet a strong need in the area for consumers. The technology sector is obviously booming. In 2014, about 302 million computers were sold worldwide, generating about $304 billion in sales revenue. At the same time, almost seven billion cell phone subscriptions were purchased worldwide by May 2014, nearly one for every person on the planet.
Because Experimac specializes in selling pre-owned Apple® products, products can be sold at a price point that is accessible to a much-wider range of customers, according to the company.
“The strength and dominance of the Apple® brand is such a big plus,” Park said. “And the lifecycle of products continues to decrease as Apple® continues to innovate and introduce new products at a rapid pace, which is great for our business.”
And though the Parks just launched their entrepreneurial careers, they are already looking ahead to establishing something more.
“We both came from the corporate world. We have a 12-year-old daughter and twin boys who are turning 16 so we will have the boys work part-time,” John said. “Maybe someday this will truly be a family business.
Ask any long-term user of Mac products what they love most about their computer and more than likely they will say – reliability. Mac products are not sold in the volume of other computers; they’re more expensive and are sometimes intimidating to PC users. Additionally, gaining access to test out the usability of Mac products can be very limited in some areas specifically here in Canton. Buyers who are on a tight budget often find even the most affordable Mac computers unobtainable which can lead them to consider purchasing a pre-owned model. Of course purchasing anything pre-owned comes with risks.
Here are some tips for purchasing a pre-owned Mac product:
What is a pre-owned Mac product?
Pre-owned Mac products can include gently used Mac computers, Macbook® laptops, and iPad® tablets that were traded in for an upgrade or bought out-right for rebuild. Pre-owned Mac products are inspected, repaired, and tested prior to being sold at a lower cost. At Experimac in Canton, we are proud to offer our customers a 90-day repair or replace guarantee on every product you purchase.
Why purchase pre-owned Mac product?
Mac products are known for their sleek design, reliability, and cutting edge technology – not to mention their easy usability. Unfortunately, brand new Mac computers can cost a hefty penny. Pre-owned machines also offer the high reliability and ease of use like brand new Mac computers but at a much lower price point. Buyers can feel confident that their investment is in a high quality machine that functions just as it would if it came from the Apple store.
How much savings can you expect?
Pricing for each pre-owned product is unique and based on the age and computing capability of that product. While there are no exact savings that we can guarantee for each of our pre-owned Mac products, our pre-owned prices tend to run 40% to 60% of a comparable new product.
What about warranties?
Experimac of Canton is proud to offer a 90-day repair or replace on every pre-owned Mac product that we sell. We also offer our customers a full 7 days to familiarize themselves with their new product ensuring that they can feel confident that they have purchased a product that meets or exceeds their expectations.
Owning a high quality machine doesn’t have to break the bank. Experimac Canton has a large inventory of pre-owned Mac products such as iMac® computers, MacBook Pro® laptops, and more that can fit your needs and budget. If you or your family is in need of a computer, consider stopping by your local Experimac store to try out a pre-owned Mac product. Our trained staff can answer any questions you might have about taking the plunge.