As the weeks have gone by, I have noticed discussion of Gazelle.com trade-in's within the Amazon Trade-in thread. I have decided to take it upon myself to create a thread solely for the purpose of discussing Gazelle.com and posting information pertaining to it.
This post will be updated to look.. spiffier with a full-fledged FAQ within a day or two, when I find the time.
For now, I'll list some basic information about Gazelle.com.
+5% Amazon Gift Card TIV: When trading in at Gazelle.com, if you choose Amazon Gift Card as your payment method, you will receive 5% more for your trade-in's.
Promotional Codes (entered during Checkout) ALL CODES ARE ONE-USE PER ACCOUNT, DO NOT STACK:
*Credit to no_exit for above picture.
Flipping to Gazelle
Flipping refers to buying items at one place and trading in or selling them elsewhere at a profit (however, sometimes it is done to transfer credit from one place into credit at another or pure cash.)
Q) What is Gazelle.com?
A) Gazelle.com is a site where one can trade in items ranging from Electronics to Video Games to Cell phones.
Q) Are there TIV's any good?
A) Some of their TIV's are -very- good, some are average and, like any other trade-in site or establishment, some trade-in values are poor.
However, from my experience and from the experience of other CAG members, I'd say the TIV's are above-average. Especially when one takes into account promotional codes or the +5% Amazon Gift Card TIV. To note, they seem to match Amazon.com's trade-in values on video games. However, they lag behind by around a day or two. So if a value plummets on Amazon, you can still lock it in at Gazelle.
Q) Is Gazelle.com a reliable place to trade-in games?
A) Many members of CAG have used Gazelle for trading in un-needed items and have had good experiences.
Q) How long do I have to send in my items?
A) You have 30 days to get your item postmarked according to Gazelle. Don’t always wait because they won’t want to continue to offer 30 days if everyone takes that long & your post office may not want to send your stuff out.
Q) What happens if I send the item after 30 days?
A) You get the TIV as of that day.
Q) How long does it take to ship to Gazelle?
A) From West Coast up to 3-8+ days, usually about 6. From East Coast about the same, though frequently a day or two faster.
Q) How long does it take them to verify the item’s condition?
A) A few days, but can take longer.
Q) How long does it take to receive Paypal/AMZ credit email after item is approved?
A) Usually 1-4 days, but can take up to 10.
Q) I submitted a game but it did not show up on gazelle or email me...
A) It can take up to 24 hours for it to show up, but it's usually less than a minute.
Q) Who pays to ship to Gazelle?
A) Gazelle pays.
Q) Do they give you a box?
A) If you want one but only for orders that have ~3-6 games (forget exact amount), they will mail you a priority mail box (but they give you parcel post label…). The box will arrive in ~3 days-1.5 weeks.
Q) Why did I get an email saying I’ll get a box when I did not request one?
A) When you delete games from a large order it will then default to giving you a box. Just un-request it.
Q) Can I cancel a shipment after I get a box?
A) Yes, but don’t abuse this or face possible sanction.
Q) Does Gazelle insure your shipment?
A) They claim they do, but no one has run into this problem yet.
Q) Shipping label does not fit on box, what do I do?
A) Set your printer to print 5x8 postcard and this will work fine & fit bubble mailers.
Q) Should I open my games before sending in if they’re new?
A) Does not matter.
Q) Why was it delivered to Cockeysville instead of Hunt Valley, MD?
A) They get them shipped to both of these addresses, which are streets away from each other.
WHAT TO INCLUDE/CONDITION
Q) Do I need to send the instruction manual?
A) No, but again don’t send everything without manuals if you want this policy to stay the same.
Q) Can I print out my own cover art or use generic?
A) Yes, possibly YMMV, again don’t abuse, and try to send cover art that has UPC label that matches the UPC for the game. To check this punch the UPC into Amazon searchbox.
Q) Will they take games without UPC Label on artwork and still give you full value?
A) Yes, YMMV though, as 2 people had this work but both sent in sealed games.
Q) Can I use a generic case?
A) YMMV, again don’t abuse.
Q) How picky are they over game condition?
A) Less picky than Amazon.
Q) If I reject the new TIV they give me who pays to ship it back?
A) You do.
Q) How does Amazon credit get sent?
A) You will get a redeemable code much like an Xbox Live or PSN network DLC code. You just redeem that as a gift card on Amazon.
Q) Can I cancel games that I submitted on their site?
A) Yes, you can cancel games individually without the values of the others affected.
*credit to J7.
TC Notes: Please post about your experiences with Gazelle or anything else you think should be added to this post, I'm always up for more information. I apologize for not keeping it as up to date as I should.
Edited by RedGamer, 06 June 2010 - 01:48 PM.