As part of our continued series of review articles designed to help folks save money, we wanted to take a moment and look at Gazelle.com. Gazelle.com, is an online market place designed to help folks not only sell their old or unwanted cell phones, but also a great provide a great spot for purchasing used phones and other electronics at a great price!
Because let’s face it…Just about everyone over the age of 11 seems to have a cell phone nowadays so if there is a place where you can get one at a significant discount, knowing where that is, could save a family of four a small FORTUNE!
This is why we chose to include Gazelle.com on our Top Money Saving Apps article even though “technically” the program isn’t really an app that you need to download.
But is it safe to use Gazelle?
It’s always smart to know who you’re dealing with before you fork over your hard earned cash or mail in your unwanted cell phone. This is why we wanted to cover a few of the basics for you in this review so that you can get a better idea of who Gazelle is and whether or not you want to give them a try.
What is Gazelle? And How does Gazelle work?
Gazelle is a website that allows folks to either purchase or sell their unwanted cell phones, Macbooks, or ipads in a safe and secure way. By using Gazelle to sell your unwanted devices, you’re able to instantly get a quoted price from them and if your product matches your description, you’ll receive your quoted price, safely and promptly without having to hassle with an actual customer or having to “meet” a potential customer at some “safe” meeting location like you would if you were selling your device on some other online platform.
Plus…If you choose to purchase a device from Gazelle, that product will have first passed their 30-point inspection and will automatically come with a 30 day return policy. Try and match that with someone you just met on Craigslist!
Gazelle started back in 2007 with an actual traditional storefront, but quickly realized that they had a great idea which is why they decided to go “national” and launch Gazelle.com in 2008. Since then, they have continued to grow from modest beginnings to now having a large presence both online and in many malls, and grocery stores nationwide in the form ecoATM kiosks allowing folks to bypass the need to mail in their old electronics and simply turn them in to a nearby location.
How does Gazelle work?
Buying from Gazelle.
Buying from Gazelle is really easy, all you need to do is visit their site like you would any other retailor “click” on the product you’re looking for and see if the price is right. If it is, you’re all set, just make sure that if you need a phone designated for a certain cell phone carrier that you don’t get carried away by a super low price and purchase a phone that won’t work for you.
But…Even if you make that kind of mistake, remember, your device will have a 30 day return policy attached to it so you should be fine.
Selling to Gazelle.
Selling your old devices is a bit different because when selling your device, Gazelle is going to need to rely on you:
- Knowing exactly what device you have (is it 16GB, 32GB etc..)
- And that you provide an accurate description of its condition.
Now on Gazelle’s website, they have three different categories that a device may fall under:
- Broken (which is awesome that they’ll buy a broken device!)
- Good (normal signs of use).
- Flawless (looks like it has never been used).
Now, while we’re just going to assume that the vast majority of electronics that Gazelle purchases probably fall in the “good” category. So our recommendation, if you plan on selling your device to Gazelle is that unless your device is coming right out of its original box, you’re probably going to want to select “good” rather than “flawless”.
From there…You’re going to get a quote for your item. And if the price is right, you can elect to have Gazelle send you a pre-paid shipping slip so that all you need to do is box up your item and send it to them.
***Word of Caution***
- Gazelle is not going to assume any responsibility for any lost or damaged mail. So, you may want to purchase additional insurance to the cost of the pre-paid shipping provided by Gazelle if you want to be sure nothing happens to your device in route to Gazelle. That or just check and see if Gazelle has an ecoATM kiosk near you.
- Gazelle will also not accept any items that is not listed on their website.
- Lastly, Gazelle retains the right to “adjust” any quoted offer that it has made until it receives your items, verifies it is the same “type” of product that was quoted and confirms it matches the quoted description.
The good news is that if your quoted price does become “adjusted”, you will have the right to decline the new offer for up to 5 days in which case Gazelle will ship your item back to you free of charge.
So, as you can see…Even though we originally decided to include the Gazelle program in our top money saving app article, since then, we’ve also chosen to include it in our Top Money Making App article as well since folks are often surprised by how much they can get for all the old phones they have laying around the house!
But is Gazelle a scam?
Here at TermLife2Go, we like to make sure that all of our reviews are fair and balanced, and while we’ve already spent quite a bit of time singing the praises of Gazelle.com, we did want to take a moment and discuss some potential downsides to choosing Gazelle as well.
That said however…The first thing that we want to make clear is that Gazelle is not a scam. It is just a business that is trying to be as competitive as possible in a very competitive market place. Which is why most of our potential “cons” associated with Gazelle will be directed at the “selling to” not “buying from”.
You see…In order for Gazelle to be able to offer its customers great deals on used electronic devices, they’re going to need to get these devices at a really low price! Which means that if you’re the “guy” or “gal” selling your device too Gazelle, chances are you might be able to get a better price for you item if you choose to sell it elsewhere!
Now is this a true negative of Gazelle?
Not really, because the choice is up to you whether or not you choose to take what they are offering. But that doesn’t mean that everyone is going to “feel” this way which is why some people may choose to complain about how much they were offered.
What about when “quotes” are adjusted by Gazelle?
Folks may also complain that Gazelle unfairly rated their device as “good” when in fact it was “flawless”. We could see how this could become a potential issue, but again Gazelle choses to offer free shipping back to the seller if they are not satisfied with the “adjusted” quote that they may or may not receive. So again, while some folks may complain about this, we here at TermLife2Go don’t feel like this is a fair complaint either.
Our only complaint…Which we feel is justified is that Gazelle has a pretty limited “buy back” selection vs other competitors such as Decluttr which also buys back many of the same product as Gazelle only they also choose to buy back video games, video game consoles, books, CDs, DVDs and even Lego’s.
Now which of these two companies will give you the best price?
We have no idea, but one thing that we do know is that you before you sell back (or buy any) electronic device, it’s always a good idea to shop all of your options before making a decision, our only hope is that after reading this review, you’ll understand a little bit more about how Gazelle works and maybe give them a try if it looks like they will give you a good deal.
Which brings us to…
“Why is a company like TermLife2Go writing a review of the Gazelle?
That’s simple, we’re writing our review of the Gazelle.com today because our primary goal here at TermLife2Go is to help improve the financial security of all of our clients. And while we believe that purchasing term life insurance is a great way to do that, we understand that not all of our clients are going to be able to qualify or afford a life insurance policy at this time in their life. (Interested in knowing what it would cost, just click here Term Life Insurance Quotes).
And rather than…Just hang up with folks who aren’t “ready” to purchase a life insurance policy, we like to provide tools that might be able to help their future outlook until which time they can qualify or afford a life insurance policy.
Other than that…There really isn’t much too it. We are simply looking out for ways that our visitors can make some extra money. So, if you decide to use the app, great! If not, no problem we hope that you find some other way to be able to earn a few extra bucks each month.