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#91 sabanoo

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 04:02 AM

Yeah, like I mentioned in the OP, they seem -very- lenient on condition.

Obviously, if you send in a trashed-up game, they ain't giving you no perfect. But if it's in good condition, saying it's perfect ain't too bad.

I'll try and dig up what I can. I have some mid-terms coming up though, so I'll still be a bit slow on updates.


That's weird because every game I've sent in to them has been rated as good unless it was sealed. They never subtracted from the amount but I was still fairly peeved that they rated games I had opened and never even played as good.

#92 Nirron

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 04:48 AM

That's weird because every game I've sent in to them has been rated as good unless it was sealed. They never subtracted from the amount but I was still fairly peeved that they rated games I had opened and never even played as good.


I searched the thread and came up with jack, but do they flag you at all if you do send them sealed games? I ordered 3 games from Amazon's B2G1 with credit and figured I'd submit two of those to Gazelle for ~$80 Amazon credit (taking my third game down to ~$20).
I would be fairly peeved if they quoted me as Good (I put Perfect seeing as how these will be brand new games) when the only thing I would have done between the time I got it and the time I mailed it is removed the shrink wrap.
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#93 wynams

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 04:55 AM

I have sent in 7 sealed games (first 2 orders detailed on 2nd post of this thread), and I just got emails today all 7 were accepted as perfect and to expect my gift certs in 2-5 days. I am loving gazelle!

#94 PontiusPilate

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 02:36 PM

I think Gazelle gave up on their TIV's because they seem to match Amazon's 100% now. Too bad, that was a well that I made a couple of bucks off of.

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 05:56 PM

well i just received my credit for my order sent out on 10/9, making this trade take a total of 11 days, slightly faster then the first oen i did which took 15.

#96 wynams

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 06:45 PM

Updated 2nd post in thread with massive Gazelle payout today

#97 PontiusPilate

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 07:00 PM

Updated 2nd post in thread with massive Gazelle payout today


If $66 is a massive payout, then I really should be shy about my payouts from them.

I guess my philosophy is hit it hard and fast...before they wake up and see your face.

#98 wynams

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 07:08 PM

If $66 is a massive payout, then I really should be shy about my payouts from them.

I guess my philosophy is hit it hard and fast...before they wake up and see your face.


I had 4 payouts on 10/20 if you look a lil closer ... if $220 isn't massive I will use a different adjective.:lol:

#99 beerme

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 08:12 PM

Can you use the "TWEET" and "TWEET09" codes on the same trade in order?

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 08:20 PM

Can you use the "TWEET" and "TWEET09" codes on the same trade in order?


Since it says in the OP "no stack", what do you think?


#101 beerme

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 08:32 PM

:dunce: Whoops, didn't notice.

#102 PontiusPilate

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 09:47 PM

I had 4 payouts on 10/20 if you look a lil closer ... if $220 isn't massive I will use a different adjective.:lol:


I thought that was a rolling list, not just your's, so the last one was $66 and I was like :roll: $220 is a nice haul.

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 09:53 PM

Got my $28 amazon gift card on the fourth day out of the 3-5 suggested. Very good trade ins, just be sure to use the $5 bonus promo code.
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#104 PontiusPilate

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 09:55 PM

Has anyone figured out a TIV tracker for Gazelle yet? I had played with some web queries in Excel, but that required 6000 setups (1 for each game). I think there is some gold to be found in Gazelle, you just have to know where to look. Someone is clearly asleep at the wheel.

#105 mis0

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 09:00 PM

Both my packages were accepted. Kind of pissed off that they labeled by new games that I unsealed as "good" when they are obviously "perfect". I'm still getting my promised cash though.

$8.15 for Dark Spire.
$7.10 for PS2 Monster Lab.

This was just a test run.. I think I'll use them again for my other trade ins.

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#106 sabanoo

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 09:11 PM

Both my packages were accepted. Kind of pissed off that they labeled by new games that I unsealed as "good" when they are obviously "perfect". I'm still getting my promised cash though.

$8.15 for Dark Spire.
$7.10 for PS2 Monster Lab.

This was just a test run.. I think I'll use them again for my other trade ins.


From my 4-5 trade-ins with Gazelle that seems to be their standard policy. Games that are opened have always been marked as "good" instead of "perfect" even if they are indeed perfect but they've never changed the value they give.

Does anyone else think it's weird they require the case/artwork but there isn't even an option to check for the manual? Dunno if someone else has posted this already but I sent in a DS game with no manual and they did not seem to care (got the full value).

#107 PontiusPilate

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 02:55 AM

Does anyone else think it's weird they require the case/artwork but there isn't even an option to check for the manual? Dunno if someone else has posted this already but I sent in a DS game with no manual and they did not seem to care (got the full value).


I asked customer service about this yesterday because I noticed the option to select a manual was removed, it was there previously. They said it's no longer required, then they tried to tell me it's considered part of the original artwork. At this point I don't trust them so I'm going to make sure I have the manuals included when possible, but with the games I've been sending them I'm not concerned if they send one back every now and then.

#108 dualedge2

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 03:04 AM

From my 4-5 trade-ins with Gazelle that seems to be their standard policy. Games that are opened have always been marked as "good" instead of "perfect" even if they are indeed perfect but they've never changed the value they give.

Does anyone else think it's weird they require the case/artwork but there isn't even an option to check for the manual? Dunno if someone else has posted this already but I sent in a DS game with no manual and they did not seem to care (got the full value).


I had a copy of Fallout 3 X360 (NEW) and a copy of Pure X360 (USED). However, when I sent them in, I marked them as "perfect". Both were open, not sealed, and accepted as "perfect". I would guess it depends on overall condition, but you do have more experience than me. Or, it could all be pretty YMMV.

Also, rather hilariously, my Fallout 3 case was missing a piece from the holder: it had broken off due to rough handling of the case (or poor/stressed plastic or both), the disc was rattling around in the case and looked a bit used. Using a microfiber cloth, I cleaned it up and it looked just like it really was: brand new. I have yet to find another good trade-in to Gazelle, but once I do, I'll let everyone know my experience with what they deem my games as.

#109 sabanoo

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 03:07 AM

I had a copy of Fallout 3 X360 (NEW) and a copy of Pure X360 (USED). However, when I sent them in, I marked them as "perfect". Both were open, not sealed, and accepted as "perfect". I would guess it depends on overall condition, but you do have more experience than me. Or, it could all be pretty YMMV.

Also, rather hilariously, my Fallout 3 case was missing a piece from the holder: it had broken off due to rough handling of the case (or poor/stressed plastic or both), the disc was rattling around in the case and looked a bit used. Using a microfiber cloth, I cleaned it up and it looked just like it really was: brand new. I have yet to find another good trade-in to Gazelle, but once I do, I'll let everyone know my experience with what they deem my games as.


Interesting. Maybe they just know that it bothers me to have mine graded as "good" ;)
Either way Gazelle has been good for me so far although they have been extremely slow at times.

#110 Japakneez

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 07:47 AM

I've traded in at least 20 games. All were used and accepted in perfect condition. In one case i marked a few as Good but they up'd me to Perfect :)

But its been at least 8 weeks since i traded anything to them

#111 Tryxx

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 09:44 PM

The received my most recent package of trade-ins this morning, and all three items have already been inspected.

Two were accepted and will be paid for as per the agreement.

The third, an old MP3 player, they are returning. They claim they couldn't get it to power up even though it worked fine right before I shipped it off, as I fired it up to delete my files from it. All I can figure is that they maybe tried powering it up without the power cord, as the battery surely would have been completely depleted as it had been sitting unused in a drawer for many months. Seems like a stupid oversight if that's what happened, but it's possible, I guess. Not sure how it could have gotten broken during shipping, as I packed it well and the other two items (a phone and a digital camera) were similarly packed and arrived intact.

It was only worth $25 as a trade-in, but if I actually works I can either charge the battery and send it in again or use it as a tiny backup hard drive.

In any case, still happy with their service if very baffled about the situation with this MP3 player...

#112 wynams

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 09:48 PM

I have never had an issue with Gazelle downgrading my opened games to "good", but it probably is very YMMV depending on the inspector.

Consider myself lucky

#113 shytface

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 11:17 PM

I've done one trade in with them before, they gave me $15 for Rock Band 360, $16.50 in Amazon credit after bonuses. All went well. They also downgraded my condition from perfect to good, but retained the same value, even though the disc was pretty much flawless, so not sure what that was all about.

I have two more trade ins that should arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately I had a few gutted games from gamestop that were supposed to be brand new. When I bought them they had what appeared to be smudges, but they absolutely would not come off after about 15 minutes of scrubbing. I have no idea what the hell those guys did to those games, I've never seen anything like it in my life. I wouldn't be surprised if they countered the condition, but hopefully they won't lower the offer on me, cause the trade in value tanked to about 33% after I locked it in. I'll let you guys know how that goes.

So far though it's been a way better experience than Amazon and their POS 3rd party NorAm, the only problem is games with decent trade in values are pretty hard to find, and kind of random.

#114 Confucius

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 11:49 PM

Gazelle is miles better than NorAM which somehow managed to destroy the ring in a disc i sent it because some monkey was too eager to pull the disc out of the case.

Unfortunately there are no good flips right now from Gamestop to Gazelle.

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 04:53 PM

Not really a super great flip, but a potential deal for some. Halo 3: ODST is $49.99 used and in stock at gamestop.com. CAG16 and Edge take it down to $36.99 + tax w/ free shipping.

Currently fetches $37.75 straight from Amazon or $39.65 ($33 + 5% Amazon bonus + TWEET09) from Gazelle.

I plan to lock in a TIV and give the game a spin for a week or so while I wait for MW2 to come out. It will be close to a 1-to-1 credit swap and a free rental more or less.

#116 chuckywang

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 10:23 PM

CAG16 only takes off the post Edge price. Therefore, it's $37.79.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 08:33 PM

CAG16 only takes off the post Edge price. Therefore, it's $37.79.


It was -$8.00 (CAG16) and -$5.00 (EDGE) for me. I put it CAG16 first if it matters.

Moot point now, TIVs plummeted at both places today. Oh well. Now I have to get some enjoyment out of the game.

#118 mis0

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 08:52 PM

Took twelve days for my packages to ship, be delivered, inspected, and then credited to my e-mail.

I like this place much better than Amazon's trade in because I can actually track the status of the packages at all times. :D

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#119 dagger89

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 11:35 PM

Do they send you a shipping box automatically, or do you have to request it yourself? I submitted a trade and it's pretty unclear.

#120 shytface

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 11:45 PM

Gazelle is miles better than NorAM which somehow managed to destroy the ring in a disc i sent it because some monkey was too eager to pull the disc out of the case.

Unfortunately there are no good flips right now from Gamestop to Gazelle.


Yeah NorAm did the same thing to me, twice... luckily Amazon credited me for my lost bonuses and the value of the damaged games. Anyways my second and third trade-ins have been credited, they did change the condition to good on a few of them but kept the full value. Gazelle is great.

Edited by shytface, 29 October 2009 - 06:46 PM.