December 7, 2010 by Carey
Service review: Gazelle’s “sell your old iPhone” service
Reviewed by: Carey
Just like most of you I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Apple iPhone 4. And of course, just like you, little I knew about the iPhone 4 antenna problem, but back then I was certainly eagerly awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 4 (anyway, this review is not about the iPhone 4).
I had one little problem though – I was still on an AT&T contract and could not upgrade without actually buying a new iPhone 4 handset (thanks, AT&T!).
That is, only four weeks ago I had an iPhone 3G 16GB that I had to do something with, and $299 missing to upgrade to an iPhone 4.
I knew that I could not sell it well on eBay since I have no eBay skills and also I really cannnot unlock iPhones no matter what tutorials say and I know most eBay buyers want unlocked phones.
So at the insistence of our head editor, I’ve decided to give a try to Gazelle, a company that promises to buy your old cell phones and electronics. Basically I sold them my old iPhone 3G 16GB (bye bye, my precious!), in hopes of getting some funds for an iPhone 4.
Gazelle hooked me up with a DHL box, I’ve sent them my precious, and this Friday I’ve received my check in the mail: I managed to get close to $130 for my old iPhone 3G!!!
So in the long run I only paid $160 for upgrading to my new 32GB iPhone 4. Which is pretty unbelievable to me.
In retrospect, this was a perfect deal. Gazelle paid me promptly, and as a poor student I appreciate that a lot. They also did not mess with the evaluation of my iPhone; I got exactly the amount they quoted me for.
Overall I’d recommend the service to anyone. I just wish they paid by Paypal instead of making us wait for checks sent by mail, but overall I guess I know that I’m simply wishing for too much.
Oh and guess what, my friend just sold them his old laptop after he found out about Gazelle from me… So it looks like we’ll be using Gazelle regularly here to get rid of our old tech stuff!
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