Gazelle locks iPhone trade-in prices through October 15

By , Aug 27, 2013

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Are you thinking of upgrading to Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C, expected to be announced in early September? One handset trade-in firm is offering customers a guaranteed price on their current iPhones despite the usual drop in value following new product releases.

Gazelle said Monday it will lock-in pricing for iPhone trade-ins through Oct. 15, giving consumers time to wait until the iPhone 5S is announced before sending in their current smartphone…

“Our price lock promotion allows savvy consumers to maximize the value of their old iPhone and lets them wait until after the new iPhone is here to send in their old one,” said Sarah Welch, Gazelle’s chief marketing officer, via AppleInsider.

Although the company has for years been “quietly” giving customers this option, the ability is now open to everyone, Welch said. The offer is available at the Gazelle website.

A “flawless” 16GB iPhone 5 from AT&T can receive a locked-in price of $330, while a 16GB iPhone 4S from Verizon in perfect shape will fetch $185.

High prices are guaranteed for unlocked iPhones, allowing the handsets to be easily activated on any carrier. A 16GB unlocked iPhone 4S will get the owner $225, for instance.

Gazelle will accept any iPhone, except for the iPhone 3 released in 2007. Sellers simply go to the company’s website, receive free shipping details and return the handset by October 15 for the locked-in price.

It’s interesting that Gazelle’s offer arrives at a time when Apple is expected to deploy a wide-scale iPhone trade-in program across its U.S. retail stores, don’t you think?

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  • FOFF

    $330 is not bad at all

    • felixtaf

      U can get upto 500$ for a flawless iPhone in Ebay… After ebay fee and shipping atleast 450.

      • n0ahcruz3

        This ^

      • JH

        PLUS Sometimes Shipping delays, Buyer SCAMS, Chargebacks!

      • felixtaf

        Shipping delays are very rare. eBay has buyer protection and seller protection. So, either a seller or a buyer can cheat and get away. No chargebacks, they will charge you some percentage fee for the items u sell.
        I have been buying from ebay since 2011. I have completed nearly 250 transactions. Only once I was cheated on a Galaxy Note 2, But eBay got my money back!

    • Steelahlive

      I just recently (like July 28th ish ) sold my carrier unlocked – iPhone 4 – JB 6.1.3 – FLAWLESS 32gb with otterbox and 2 spare video out / charging cables – on ebay for $350 and that gazelle was only going to give me 140 – lol – what a rip. And 340 for my iPhone 5 – um – yeah right

  • Michael Jay Delaney

    Flawless iPhone 5 with 32GB only gets you $10 more. That’s a little disappointing.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Like i said, these trade in firms and promotions are not good deals. They will sell all this devices in the emerging markets for top dollar and label them as refurbished.

    • Steelahlive

      Indeed – as I said up to Foff – i sold my iphone 4 for 350 on ebay and got a way better deal than gazelle would have given me.

    • felixtaf

      True. Gazelle is selling good condition iPhone for 525$! (Good condtion – not flawless, which will be labelled as very good by them)

      • quitcherbichinn

        that’s the point of business…make profit. what business do you know that stays in business to go bankrupt??

      • felixtaf

        Did i ever say that they are there for social service? Ofcourse they are for business. I jus mentioned that u can get better price in ebay. Also, 150-200$ profit for a phone is not business, its a way of exploitation too….

      • quitcherbichinn

        ah so making a profit is ok but only a limited restricted profit set and dictated by you. it’s a matter of supply and demand…if people demand it you can set a price wherever you want. if people weren’t willing to pay it then the demand would drop and the price would drop. there’s nothing wrong with a company making profit…i’m sorry their profit margin goes against YOUR acceptable profit margin.

      • felixtaf

        You sound stupid and am done talking to you!

      • quitcherbichinn

        the only one stupid is you. you are the one bitching that a business is making too much money. no one forces you to do business with anyone and if you don’t like what they make then don’t do business with them but to bitch that their profit is too high….stupid.

  • William Melendez

    Ha ! Yeah right … I sold my iPhone not too long ago for $550 on Craigslist . Thanks but no thanks !

  • JH

    If they were selling for at the same price/10%+ then I would order myself some ten.

  • felixtaf

    You sound like a paranoid. I was sold a Fake Note 2 by a seller and I had paid 450$ for that. I filed a case in ebay and got my money back including return shipping.
    No one can cheat by saying that they dint get the item. Evrything is tracked. We are living in 2013, not 90s… Ebay & paypal are under the saem hood. Their charge will be about 10% of sales value. Not like this.

    Btw iPhone 5 16GB is selling for 475-500 in ebay. You are saying that you will get 425 for a 64 gb in some shop… Great deal though,lol….

    • quitcherbichinn

      no i’m not paranoid. what i’ve stated is FACT. there are people all over the net who have experienced it. i have personally dealt with it. their fees are MUCH higher than you believe them to be. you pay to list, you pay a final value fee, you pay a final value fee on the shipping cost, you also pay a percentage to paypal. all said and done…you are paying more than 10% of what you get.