High schoolers turn new normal into profit by selling PCs

Bored Bedans strike while the iron is hot

With the country still reeling from the pandemic, the new academic year entails online learning. And some high schoolers saw this as a silver lining. 

Joaquin Carillo, 18, an incoming Grade 12 Senior High School student at San Beda Alabang, started his own buy-and-sell PC refurbishing business.

Stuck at home because of ECQ, all he did was play computer games. He eventually got bored and decided to swap computer units with a friend. 

“I refurbished his computer, then sold it,” Carillo said. 

Ryzen 5 2600, YGT Fans, MSI A320M-A Pro, 16GB HyperX Fury, 2666MHz Sapphire Nitro+ RX 580 4GB, 500GB Seagate HDD, 256GB SSD, Powerex Legend, 600W 80+ Bronze Keytech T1000 w/ 6 RED LED Fans

Using the money from the sale, he bought a new computer and refurbished it again and thought of selling it as well. He bought more computer units which he then sold. Eventually with two friends, Apollo Puzon and Zachary David, they started this business venture.

Because of the demand for laptops and desktop computers for online learning, a lot of students resorted to sprucing up their study space and refurbishing their personal computers or buying new ones. Carillo sells refurbished and new PC units and has customers ranging from people inquiring in Facebook’s Marketplace, his friends, to random people in his school.

Monochrome set up Ryzen 5 2600, YGT HSF, MSI A320M-A Pro, 16GB HyperX Fury, 2666MHz, Sapphire Nitro+ RX 580 4GB, 500GB Seagate HDD, 120GB SSD, Powerex Legend 600W 80+ Bronze with White PSU Sleeves, Tecware Nexus M with 6 White Fans

 “The main idea of me ‘refurbishing’ my PC was because it looked sloppy; the cables were messed up, and it was so dirty. It was too boring to look at,” said senior high school student Alonzo Domingo who bought computer unit fans with led lights and a new computer case from Carillo. The finished product with an illuminated and upgraded gaming PC brings to mind the movie “Fast & Furious” but for personal computers. Carillo even gave his grandfather’s PC the same illuminated set-up.

Led lights placed behind the monitor for a more illuminated setup

Carillo admitted how business has definitely picked up—he’s able to sell 10 PC units a week—unlike before when they sold only one computer unit a week. “It’s a good investment,” Carillo added. They were even featured in GMA News.

From left, Zachary David, Apollo Puzon, and Joaquin Carillo

For now Carillo and his friends are striking while the iron is hot. Delivering computer units to customers all over Metro Manila and learning a lot along the way, Puzon said, “I realized how hard my parents work to earn money to provide for me and my siblings.” 

For Carillo, it’s about learning the real value of money since it now comes from his hard work.

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