Release Date: Updated June 1, 2012
Seller: Second Rotation
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
Link to app
TiP Rating: 3/5 Stars
App Store Description:
Gazelle is the fast, easy way to upgrade your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. We’ll automatically detect your device and provide an instant cash offer. You can calculate the value of other iOS devices, too. If you decide to accept our offer, just answer a few questions and we’ll send a prepaid shipping label so there is no cost to you. You get paid via check, PayPal or gift card within days of receipt. Our timely email updates ensure you’re always up-to-date on the status of your trade.
Gazelle makes it easy to trade-in or recycle your used gadgets. The app auto-detects your device for a prompt quote, but its interface is a little lacking.
Regardless of whether you’re a Mac or PC, technology piles up fast. From smartphones and tablets to laptops and e-readers, these items tend to clutter up our shelves and drawers.
With updated models being rolled out every year, your out-of-date technology can quickly become out of control. Instead of collecting dust, it’s time to collect some cash.
Gazelle is a trade-in service that buys your old gadgets. While you can do this on the web, the company has made it easy get a quote directly from the device you’re trying to unload.
Upon launching the app, Gazelle will auto-detect the device you’re using and off you a quote based on its condition (which can be adjusted later). If you’re interested in selling, you can continue by tapping “Sell this [device] to Gazelle.” However, if you’d like to see your options, you can tap on “Select a different iPhone, iPad or iPod to sell.”
Once you’ve chosen your device, you will be asked to provide more details about its condition. You can choose from functional/physical flaws, normal wear and tear, and no noticeable flaws. For anyone who’s not sure which category their phone falls in, you can view a slideshow of iPhone flaws — the images feature an early model iPhone, but I imagine you get the idea.
Depending on your condition, you’ll be asked a few follow-up questions. The entire process takes all of five minutes, if that.
If you’re selling multiple devices, you can keep track of them through My Offers, which will keep you up to date on the status of your trade. My problem with this tab is that it looks like a web interface copied and pasted into an iPhone app. I think it could have been designed to better fit in with the flow of the app.
I’m also confused as to why one of the tabs within the app is a link to Gazelle.com. It’s like a mobile website/app hybrid that doesn’t make sense. If visiting the site through Safari, this interface would make sense, but I expect a better experience through a mobile app.
Overall, selling or recycling your gadget through the iPhone app is easy. I can see myself checking quotes regularly through the device itself, or my iPhone, but as for Offer management, I think I’ll still to the web version.