By Starrla Cray
DELANO, MN Less is more at Ken Beamish’s new Cyber Geeks computer sales and repair shop, located at 725 Babcock Blvd. Suite 2 in Delano.
“My prices are 30 to 50 percent lower than Best Buy,” Beamish said. “I try to keep as close to half as possible.”
In addition to less expense, Cyber Geeks customers also enjoy less driving distance, less wait time, and less hassle.
Beamish offers a wide selection of HP, Asus, Dell, and Apple laptops and desktops, as well as in-store and on-site maintenance/repair services.
Much of Cyber Geeks’ merchandise is “open box,” meaning that it may have been taken out of its original packaging.
“Eighty percent of what I’ve been getting in lately is overstock,” Beamish said. “Many of them have the plastic over them, and you can clearly tell they were never touched.”
Beamish gives each computer in his store a full inspection, to ensure that his customers will receive a flawless product.
Beamish, the son of Todd and Barb Beamish of Independence, has several years of experience in the computer repair industry.
“I started building my own computers in high school,” he said.
After graduating from Delano High School in 2002, Beamish joined the Army, where he received a degree in electronic engineering from Arizona State University.
During his service, he worked on radios, servers, and other electronic military devices.
When he got out of the Army about four years ago, Beamish opened a computer repair shop out of his home (Ken’s Computers), while working full time in the IT department of a company in Maple Grove.
A few months ago, Beamish decided to venture out on his own, since his side business had developed a strong client base.
“I always wanted to have my own store,” he said. “When this place opened up, it was pretty hard not to do it.”
Cyber Geeks opened Dec. 5, and so far, Beamish said demand has been high.
“The sales are definitely there,” he said, adding that he’s averaging 10 to 15 computer sales each week.
Repair work has also kept Beamish busy, ranging from local business networks to personal computers. The wait time for repairs is less than 48 hours.
“My goal is 24, but my advertised goal is 48,” Beamish said. “Best Buy is three days, minimum.”
In-shop work is $60 per hour, while the on-site charge is $80 per hour.
“The estimate for repair work is free,” Beamish said. “I give customers my recommendation whether it’s more cost effective to repair or purchase new.”
Being able to talk to a person who is knowledgeable about computers is a big advantage of his store, Beamish said.
“At some places, you just get a store salesman, trying to sell you something,” he said. “For me, it’s important that my clients are happy.”
Beamish and his family have been in the Delano area for many years, and a lot of his business is through word-of-mouth.
He and his wife, Sara, are both involved in the Tiger Kids Club, and have two children at Delano Elementary School, Justin, 7, and Kyra, 6.
Beamish also serves on Delano’s public safety commission, and Sara is part of the Delano Planning Commission.
Delano High School senior Cameron Stewart has been interning at Cyber Geeks, and Beamish is looking forward to teaching him more about the business.
“He’s been working really hard and learning a lot,” Beamish said.
Cyber Geeks is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The store phone number is (763) 972-2310, and the website is www.cybergeeks.co.
“A lot of times, I will take care of business clients before 9 a.m.,” Beamish said.
Anyone in need of service at other times may contact Beamish on his cell phone at (612) 723-3297.