A lot has changed since Batteries Plus Bulbs was founded back in 1988. For example, back-to-school shopping back then meant stocking up on “No. 2” pencils, spiral notebooks, some loose-leaf paper, folders and a trusty Trapper Keeper®. And not just any Trapper Keeper, but one that made a statement and epitomized a student’s most deeply-rooted interests, like G.I. Joe, heart rainbows, ponies, kittens, or any of the other countless options available. Essentially, the Trapper Keeper kept kids’ entire school-work and life encapsulated in binder rings and folder pockets, all held tightly together by the same incredible invention that was keeping their shoes snugly affixed to their feet – Velcro! Although a version of the Trapper Keeper is still available for today’s student, technology has replaced much of the functionality of this all-encompassing organizer, rendering it virtually obsolete. With the advent of convenient, portable tablets, back-to-school shopping today may be more streamlined, choosing between an iPad® or a Chromebook, regardless of any design that may or may not be adorning its cover. So, in honor of most of the country getting ready to go back to school, here’s a comparison of these two highly popular school supplies of yesterday and today: In the pure functionality-related categories the Tablet blows away the Trapper Keeper, while the latter is still much more cost-effective, offers greater case variety and utilizes Velcro supremely. And, when it comes down to the “tied” categories, taking advantage of convenient tablet repair services and choosing the highest-performing, longest running battery replacements will likely shift these two categories in favor of Tablets, as well, giving them a decisive advantage over Trapper Keepers as a whole. In conclusion, it appears the Trapper Keeper’s finest days are likely behind us, as technology has again trumped nostalgia (and Velcro). This serves as yet another example of just how drastically different things are today than they were 26 years ago. As you prepare your student for another year of homework and studying, be sure to check with your local, participating Batteries Plus Bulbs store for any questions regarding tablet and smartphone repair services, as well as inquiring about battery replacements for all types of devices.
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We repair broken Apple® devices, including iPads®, iPhones® and iPods®, most Samsung® devices and many more. Plus, we have screen protectors for cell phones and tablets.
In-store services include (among others):
• Cracked Screen Replacement
• Button Replacement
• Camera Repair
• Charge-port Repair
• Headphone-jack Repair
• Speaker Repair
• Battery Installation
• Screen Protector Installation
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Batteries Plus Bulbs is owned by Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm. Roark’s current franchise portfolio includes companies such as: Carvel Ice Cream, Cinnabon, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill and more. All of our stores are equipped to design, assemble, rebuild, and test custom battery packs.
We continue to reign as the undisputed leader in the expanding $30.7 billion U.S. battery replacement market and in the rapidly growing U.S. light bulb replacement market estimated to be at $17 billion*. To learn more about our exciting franchise opportunities please visit www.batteriesplus.com/franchising. *Freedonia Research Study