As technology enthusiasts, we often find ourselves wanting (and buying!) the latest gadget which leaves us with a lot of hardware we no longer use. How many old cell phones, cameras, computers, PDA’s and other personal computing devices do you have no idea how to get rid of?
Well – there’s a cool new solution in Gazelle. Think of Gazelle as an “eBay-like” solution for technology. You go online, select the item you are looking to sell, answer a few qualifying questions, and receive a 30-day guaranteed quote. Gazelle will mail you packaging to send in your technology that arrives quickly and once your package is received, the promised money is en route to you – either via check or Paypal (when I recently used Gazelle, you could also select gift cards from certain vendors that offered an additional percentage of your total payment). Should you feel extra generous, you can also select to have the proceeds of your sale donated to charity.
Gazelle not only offers a valuable service, they also pride themselves on being eco-friendly and have special offers for groups that are looking for volume related offers. I can’t say enough about their quality of service – Gazelle kept me updated every step of the way, emails to generic customer service email addresses were answered quickly and professionally, products were processed efficiently and payment was received as promised.
An important caveat, while Gazelle advertises their focus on cleaning all your hardware before resale, you should definitely take any and all necessary steps to clean your hard drive, database, phone data before shipping your equipment away. Remember, that you need to be sure to securely wipe all data from your device – simply deleting data doesn’t remove it completely. Feel free to contact us for tips or resources on how to accomplish this if you are not sure how. Also, if you choose to send your equipment in to Gazelle on your own, consider if it is worth it to you to ensure and/or pay for tracking on the package (if you use USPS).
All in all, using Gazelle was a pain-free, professional way to put my old personal electronics to good use. I recommend it to anyone looking to get rid of your old devices and perhaps even make a little money along the way!
**If you are considering using this service for business asset, please consult with your IT specialist before making your equipment available to Gazelle