Alika wanted an iPhone. His parents told him he would have to earn the money himself to buy it. To accomplish his goal, Alika went to bulk stores and bought candy bars. He would then turn around and sell them to fellow high school students for a dollar. Once he had earned enough money, he purchased his first iPhone on eBay. Either through simple bad luck or a twist of fate, his iPhone broke the day he received it.
What happened from there would be the start of something huge. He opened the phone up and started looking at all of the components. Being from a family with an electronics background, Alika didn’t let the fact that this iPhone was broken deter him from getting one. He continued to sell candy and started purchasing broken iPhones in the hopes that he could piece together one working iPhone. He finally did it! In the process of getting his iPhone working, he learned how to remove, test, and replace parts for the iPhone. Being impressed by his success, Alika’s dad asked him to get another working iPhone for him. Alika went online and managed to find overseas suppliers for parts. Once he had built up his dads’ iPhone Alika expressed interest in starting a business, having a website, and doing repairs for the iPhone. This is where iParts began.