OEM Original vs. Non-original iPhone LCD screen

  •   One of the most common misconceptions we see in the iPhone repair business is the true meaning and understanding of the definition of non-original LCD Screens and Original (OEM) LCD screens. It seems every company that sells LCD screens or buys back broken LCD screens uses slightly different terminology. We’ll try to define the root differences between the various stock conditions in hopes that some sense of common knowledge is put in place.


    Why so many different LCD conditions and grading scales?

      It boils down to three reasons: culture differences, marketing and name brand copyright infringement. Culture Differences – Most LCD screens are manufactured or reclaimed to be refurbished in the Asian market. Right out of the gate, there is a barrier of culture and language barriers that simply don’t align with other nation’s terms relating to cell phone replacement parts. For example: the phrase OEM (Original equipment manufacturer) seems to be used more often in Asia where Americans would tend to say “original” or “genuine.”


      Marketing – Various marketing twists these terms just as much in an effort to advertise LCD screen parts in a manner that sounds more official and tends to keep the focus off some variant of the true condition. For example, An “Original White LCD Display With Digitizer and Frame Assembly for iPhone 5s” listing title on eBay sounds like a 100% authentic LCD screen and must be “New” since the item condition reflects it being so.


      Brand Copyright Infringement – Unless you’re licensed to sell Apple iPhone parts, you’re not technically allowed to advertise new “Original” parts, even if the item is new and 100% authentic. If you ever see the words “for iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, 5c” etc. at the end of the item title or advertising pitch, now you’ll know why. Apple has actually been fairly quiet about imposing seizures at US customs and online marketplaces for those who sell parts without authorization.


    Using Price to Gauge LCD Suppliers Condition

      You get what you pay for. Most LCD suppliers are going to be in the same neighborhood in pricing. If you see a price that is significantly lower than another suppliers offering, you’re going to be giving up one of the following:

    1. Amount of truly new parts on the assembly.

    2. The quality of the reclaimed and refurbished parts.

    3. The companies service in regards to sales, shipping, and ease of returns and duration of warranty.


    Know what to ask your LCD screen supplier before purchasing

      Asking very specific questions is half the battle when purchasing LCD screens from your supplier. The other half of the battle is getting an honest answer. Be very specific in the questions that you ask. I always try to use some common knowledge questions that don’t involve any of the terms used in conditions to eliminate any discrepancies in the answers you’ll receive. You should ask the following for questions specifically for all three major components of a typical LCD screen.

    1. LCD – Is the LCD screen manufactured by the same company that I would find on brand new in box phone that I purchased from an authorized Apple store?
    2. LCD – If yes to above, ask specifically “Is this LCD part brand new or refurbished from reclaimed old parts?”
    3. Digitizer – Is the Touch Panel manufactured by the same company that I would find on brand new in box phone that I purchased from an authorized Apple store?
    4. Digitizer – Is the Touch Panel new or refurbished, or reclaimed from old parts?


    How replacement LCD screen conditions differ from selling broken LCD screen conditions

      When buying LCD screens and selling your broken LCD screens, many of the same terms are used, yet the industry treats these condition terms differently. Mainly, “Original” and “Non-Original” are used, yet the terminology of these conditions is different in regards to buying good screens and selling your bad ones.

    Original – Never refurbished or reclaimed before. Example: if a retail customer bought a new iPhone 5 directly from Apple and it came to them brand new in the box, they cracked the screen, took it to your repair shop and you removed the screen to replace it; this LCD screen is original. Since the phone was opened and used as brand new in the box from official channels, the original (or FIRST) LCD screen that was on the phone has never been replaced.

    Non-Original – The LCD screen has been refurbished or reclaimed from a broken LCD screen assembly at least one time. Non-Original does not mean fake.

      When selling your smashed, cracked, damaged and broken iPhone and Android LCD screen assemblies, it’s usually best to translate “Original” and “Non-Original” to “Never Repaired or Refurbished” or “Has been Repaired or Refurbished” for easier understanding. In our website, we offer the original Grade O iPhone 5s screen replacement to you.