If you've dropped your phone onto the pavement before you know screen repair can be tricky and expensive. Instead of replacing it, seek out a local repair shop. With the proliferation of touch screen phones, little shops are popping up across the country that focus on these types of repairs. In addition, many of these shops will also repair gaming consoles, television, tablets and eReaders. Whether it's a burnt out laser in an XBOX 360 or a cracked iPhone screen, many local shops can make these repairs for $75 or less. There's a lot of purchasing power in accessories too. Seek out the advice of your local boutique owners when shopping for tips on products that were made by artisans in your area. You might be surprised to find a bounty of options.
For example, Byrd & Belle, a Minneapolis-based shop sells the most beautiful MacBook, iPhone and tablet cases. As always, Etsy can be a great resource for sourcing local retailers or designers. Do you shop locally for tech products and services? What tips do you give your friends and family who want to shop local? (Images: Byrd and Belle, William Hook via Flickr's Creative Commons)