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A Review of Gazelle

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 11:39 AM on July 30, 2010

When the new Iphone 4 came out I upgraded to it from an Iphone 3GS. Which meant that I needed to sell my Iphone 3GS. I thought of using Ebay or Craigslist, but I didn’t feel like going through the hassle. I had heard about Gazelle, through several podcast I listen too and it had gotten good recommendations so I decided to give it a try. After looking around I decided to also sell my PSP, Apple TV and DS Lite. The first thing you do when you go to the Gazelle site is you input the items you are going to sell and what condition they are in. It is important to be honest when you state the condition, you have the choice of poor, fair, good or excellent. It will also ask you if you have all the parts to the item you are selling, including the power adapter and any other cables that go with the item. They then let you know what price they will give you for the item. The price is a current price and will change over time. If you have older items that aren’t worth anything they will recycle the item for you. All together my items came to $235.00. You then choose how you want your payment sent either by check, Paypal or Amazon gift card. You can also elect to send the money to the non-profit group of your choice.

I decided to have my payment sent through Paypal. I then received an email with the packing slip and the shipping label. I do know they have boxes they send out at a certain price point, but I am not sure what that is. I packed up my items and brought it down to the local Fed Ex store on Monday, July 19. I got an email on the evening of July 22, that they had received my package and confirmed all the items in it. At that point they began to test each item separately to make sure it is working and in the condition I said it was. For example, I had checked to make sure my PSP turned on, but that’s all I had done. I hadn’t used it in such a long time that I had forgotten there was a sim card stuck in it and that it would start but then all of a sudden turn off after a short time. After they tested that item, I received an email with the problems they found and the reduce price they could offer. I had the option of either accepting the reduce price or they would send the item back to me. I chose to go with the reduced price.

The first item they tested was my Iphone and I received my first payment in Paypal on Saturday the 24th. After each item was tested, I received an email confirming how much they would pay. If you are looking to receive one lump sum, then Gazelle may not be the way to go, but I prefer their method. Its been almost two weeks now and I have received payment for all my items except the Apple TV, which I suspect will come in the next couple of days. All in all I am very pleased with the service, and would use them again. I do wish they would use UPS instead of Fed Ex, that is only because there are 2 UPS stores or drop off points within 5 minutes of where I live and I have to go downtown to get to the Fed Ex store. Other then that I would recommend using Gazelle to sell your small electronic items.