Dozens of mobile phone repairers in the Tema Community One market have complained about the rising prices of mobile phone accessories which has affected their business.
Some of the accessories are pouches and pouches, cases, shells, fitted cases, bumpers, flip cases and wallets, screen protectors and body films, drop and shock protection. shocks, a leather case, cases with built-in kickstands and a battery, among others.
Some of the mobile phone repairers, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Tema, said the price increase had reduced footfall in their business as customers complained about the high charges.
According to some phone repairers, an Android charger that was sold at GH¢20.00 and an iPhone charger at GH¢25.00, now cost GH¢30.00 and GH¢40.00 respectively.
Additionally, headphones and batteries which were then sold at GH¢10.00, were now sold at GH¢15.00, while others saw a price increase between GH¢20.00 and 50.00. GHC.
Mr. Isaac Kwarteng, a mobile phone repairman, told GNA that due to the high cost of accessories lately, most customers prefer buying new phones rather than repairing partially faulty phones.
Mr. Kwarteng said that “the cost of phone accessories depends on the type of brand and the year of manufacture; top brand phones come with expensive accessories; we should not be held responsible”.
He explained that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the import of mobile phone accessories has decreased as there are strict regulations governing the shipping process to control the spread of the corona virus.
He added that import regulations had caused the price of mobile phones and their accessories to rise.
Mr. Kwarteng said that in his 15 years of repairing cellphones he had experienced no nose drop on business compared to the era of the COVID-19 pandemic, “our businesses are going down by day by day, while prices are still rising, deterring the few who sometimes come to stop”.
Mr George Essilfie, another mobile phone repairer, also revealed to GNA that he was slowly losing customers and said “business was not booming as expected due to the rising cost of phones laptops and their accessories.
He said that day by day the prices of goods keep rising, forcing customers to blame repairers for the rises.
He said it was starting to be harder than expected to hold our heads up high in the business, “we need some form of government support, we are small business operators who are sometimes ignored by decision makers policies but we play essential roles in the economy”.
Ms. Rita Obeng, a customer of one of the mobile phone repair shops in Tema Community One market, told GNA that indeed the cost of repairing a mobile phone has increased.
“If I had to calculate how much I spend on mobile phone accessories and repair costs, added to the high cost of data, I’m sure I would have bought land by now,” he said. she stated.
Ms. Obeng noted that despite the price increase, she still needed to own a mobile phone and maintain it because of the benefits it brings, “but the Ministry of Commerce needs to do something about the taxes on daily use goods that affect our daily lives to reduce hardship”.