If you have old gadgets lying around your house, there are a couple things you can do with them, keep them, throw them in the trash, try to sell them on Ebay or Craiglist or you could use Gazelle. Option one isn’t very practical. Option two is bad for the environment and is illegal in most states. Option three can be a hassle. The best option to me is option four, Gazelle. Whenever I have an old gadget I want to sell or get rid of I go to Gazelle. Currently I am waiting for the box to ship my iPad version 1 to them. I am going to get $140.00 for it, which will go toward the purchase of an iPad 3.
Gazelle has been around 2006. You can trade in your old gadgets for money or recycle those that aren’t worth anything. Around 95 percent of all items they receive are worth something, the other 3 percent they will recycle properly. They handle products in 23 different categories everything including cellphones, gaming consoles, laptops and mp3 players just to name a few. Gazelle takes data removal very seriously any data that is on the device is removed using the most secure method. Gazelle gets most of their business from people who wanted to get the latest and greatest and trade in their old device. Since the release of the iPhone 4s in Oct they have received over 150,000 iPhones in trade in. They are currently getting ready for the release of the iPad 3.
The thing I didn’t know about Gazelle is they have a store, where they sell the items they receive that are in good working order. So when the iPad 3 comes out you maybe able to pick up a iPad 2 for a good price. In fact many people will buy a device from the Gazelle store and then later sell the same device back to Gazelle to get some money. In case you haven’t noticed I am a big fan of Gazelle, so if you have old gadgets you are trying to get rid of you may want to check out Gazelle.
Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Steve Lee of Wave of Tech
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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.