Gazelle used to be a household name for phone trade-ins, but then many companies came to nibble over lunch on duty. Between this and the general growth of manufacturer-driven phone upgrade programs that owners can use instead of selling their old devices to a third party for cash, it was no surprise when Gazelle closed its doors for trade-ins on February 1 of that year.

But it’s surprising to see Gazelle have returned. The service will accept phone trade-ins again after about two months and will work the same as before. Type of. There is no more Reward programbut other than that, it’s pretty easy to sell your phone to the service.

You start by choosing your phone the preparationIf necessary, select your network operator and select your specific model from a list of options provided (namely storage capacities). Then you will be asked some important questions, such as: B. whether you can switch your phone on and what damage it may have. Gazelle will make you a quote, you will send your phone in for free verification, and you will be paid by check, PayPal deposit, or Amazon gift card.

The process is the easy part. What’s harder is figuring out if Gazelle is going to be giving you the most money for your device. There are many reseller services available for those who want minimal work. If you don’t mind taking the responsibility yourself, there is always Craigslist, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or a myriad of other places to help you complete the sale.

I did a comparative study of this question last year Apple’s trade-in program with reseller sites like Amazon, Gadgetgone, Gazelle and Swappa. From these, I found that Gazelle was generally very low on pricing, but that varied a bit depending on which iPhone you were trying to sell. In general, however, I would have a hard time figuring out a reason to use the service unless I absolutely needed a method that had the least amount of human interaction possible (and the least risk of fraud).

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This is how it works with an iPhone XS and XR (512 GB or 256 GB – activated by the network operator so that we get the best price):

iPhone XS

  • Apple: $ 230
  • Amazon: $ 208
  • Gadgetgons: $ 430 (if brand new; $ 330 for “good” condition)
  • Gazelle: $ 199
  • Swappa: $ 446 (Average Sales Price)
  • Declaration: $ 302

iPhone XR

  • Apple: $ 220
  • Amazon: $ 198
  • Gadgetgons: $ 390 (if brand new; $ 282 for “good” condition)
  • Gazelle: $ 195
  • Swappa: $ 399 (average retail price)
  • Declaration: $ 260

To give us another benchmark, let’s skip the platforms and take a look at the trade-in scores for a Samsung Galaxy S10 (maximum specs):

Samsung Galaxy S10

  • Samsung: $ 400 (instant credit for a brand new phone purchase)
  • Amazon: $ 151
  • Gadgetgons: $ 360 (if brand new; $ 260 for “good” condition)
  • Gazelle: $ 240
  • Swappa: $ 377 (Average Sales Price)
  • Declaration: $ 278

I could go on, but hopefully this little exercise taught you a few things, and they’re all connected. First, the easiest and fastest solution you can find to sell your device may not be the best option if you want to make the most money; Le, this is your priority, browse third party websites and find out which one has the best deal for your phone. Second, a reseller that has worked well for you in the past or with different phones may not be the best option for the phone you are currently using. And of course, selling your phone back to the manufacturer can be a great option, but you’ll get stuck in that ecosystem. You’re likely to have fewer problems with a business than with a real person buying your phone for cash, but that’s still one of the best routes if you need top bucks for your device.