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Gazelle: Samsung trade-ins toward Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c up 210% over launch weekend

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Gazelle: Samsung trade-ins toward Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c up 210% over launch weekend
If you've never heard of Gazelle, you probably still have your OG Motorola DROID as your daily driver, or you don't watch too much television. Gazelle is a company that will pay you cash for your old smartphone. Usually once a year, when the next iteration of the Apple iPhone is announced, Gazelle spends the big bucks to advertise on television.

During last weekend's launch of the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c, Gazelle reported a whopping 210% increase in Samsung Galaxy smartphones being traded in. For all of September, the company received a 3% increase in Samsung Galaxy S trades, while trades for the Samsung Galaxy S II rose 16%. Trades involving the Samsung Galaxy S III rose 44% and for the Samsung Galaxy S4, the increase was 16%

Last Friday, when the two new iPhones launched, Gazelle made 5 offers per second from 10am to 11am EDT. That works out to 18,000 people looking to trade their phone during that one hour period alone. The average trade in the U.S. was worth $50 more this year than last year.

And when Gazelle surveyed 3000 of its customers to find out why they wanted to switch to the new iPhone models, 36% said they wanted the Apple iPhone 5s because they had an upgrade available. 16% were induced to upgrade to the iPhone 5s because of the Touch ID sensor. As for Apple iPhone 5c buyers, 29% bought the model because of the colors. An equal 29% bought the iPhone 5c due to the lower price.

source: TUAW via Phandroid

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posted on 26 Sep 2013, 15:35 7

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 1072; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


I actually saw PAPINYC trade-in his Galaxy S3.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 15:57 14

7. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1618; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


flaming again....your pathetic

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 15:58 5

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 9313; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Nahhh WH, that one was personal.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 15:59 1

12. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1618; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


yeh those two hate eachother but whats the use when the guy is already muted.... BTW congrats on the wedding!

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:45 1

30. darkkjedii (Posts: 9313; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yeah that's true. Thanx bro... Pap asks for it a lot though, he's far too disrespectful to people.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 18:08

36. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Why wouldn't he! He's an Apple user! Not like
PAPINYC
Gmracer1
Droid does
And loads others....

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 20:15 1

44. VZWuser76 (Posts: 986; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


If being disrespectful to people was grounds for banning, there'd be 5 commenters left on PA.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 18:01 2

33. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Yea you pathetic Troll®

Stop Trolling and causing flame wars Ninety six, you Troll®

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 15:57 4

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 9313; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


LMAOOOOO!!! +1,000,000 dude. Good one.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:59 1

32. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


He does not own a S3™ but a Note2

Ninetysix® you Troll®

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 15:36 5

2. LordDavon (Posts: 104; Member since: 19 Sep 2011)


I am surprised that people even use this service. They pay pretty poor for Android phones, or any phones, for that matter.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:48

31. JunitoNH (Posts: 758; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


No, you had it correct the first time. Android devices don't retain their value, reality. e.g. Verizon, has a trade in program to recycle old phones. My AT&T iPhone 4 8gb = $110; Galaxy Nexus 16gb = $45 lol.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 15:42 13

3. toiletcleaner (Posts: 176; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


I trade my Galaxy Nexus and got the 5S. then sell it on swappa and brought the note 3, simple as that

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 15:59 1

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 9313; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Where's it out yet? And why would you do it that way?

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 18:03 1

34. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Toiletcleaner ®

What a funny name and an Avatar....
+1

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 15:48

4. xtroid2k (Posts: 315; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


My GS3 does all I need it to do. I'm waiting until next year to see what will I feel will be an excellent year for mobile tech. This year is coming to a close and two very awesome phones were launched but I just can't justify the cost because my phone works great. now the new premium line Sammy has in the pipe is awesome sounding. Gazelle is pretty cool and nifty for your average Joe. I didn't know this but I walked into a T-Mobile store the other day and they told me they would give me $85 bucks at the store for my gs3 so yeah check your options

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 16:18 8

15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6632; Member since: 14 May 2012)


$85 bucks? That's a rip off. Sell it on Craigslist and you can make over $290 easily.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 21:12

46. xtroid2k (Posts: 315; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Well I would have never traded it at TMO anyway. I was trying to say that you can get more if you just look closer to home. Just like you said "craigslist" I love my phone though.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 15:54 2

5. brettmazzocchi (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I guess that happens when the number goes from 0 to 3 hahaha

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 15:56 3

6. PootisMan (Posts: 182; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


You could sell your iPhone on eBay and get way more money for it then Gazelle.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 15:59 1

11. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1618; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


well this isnt gonna start any flame wars.....

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 16:15

14. alouden (Posts: 167; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Exactly!! What did they think was going to happen with a headline like that?

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 16:20 8

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6632; Member since: 14 May 2012)


What do you expect? Alan wrote it. He's the worst writer on the site that loves to start wars.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 16:13 7

13. greyhulk (Posts: 99; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


I don't think this is accurate. I sold my GS4 to them, but it wasn't because I bought an iPhone. I bought an LG G2. Saying that the trade-ins are "Samsung for iPhone" is extremely speculative, regardless of the timing.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:43 1

29. Whateverman (Posts: 3159; Member since: 17 May 2009)


+1. Of course, everyone with common sense knows its highly speculative, except for those in the media. Because everything that happens in the tech world is iPhone related.

No one is taking into account any other device that has been recently released and thinking maybe people are buying those devices, just like you did. Or maybe since Apple releases a new iPhone roughly around the same time, that maybe this is around the time most people are ready for upgrades. I'm just kinda sickened by the fact that no one in the tech world is willing to admit Apple needs to step their game up! Sure, the "S" versions are meant to be incriminatory upgrades. But with heavy hitters like the LG G2, the Z1, the Lumia 1520 and the Note 3 coming out, Apple can't just give the same design for a third year in a row! The fanboys will flame , but the true fans should see my point even if they disagree. They need to show us something new!

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 19:13 1

41. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


They can and will and it will be the same old same old over and over and over again!

There is a big difference between them and
Humans vs animals illogical minds.
Rules must be obied. Follow the leader.
Mesia will give, and must be accepted! No other options!
Cults™

®

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 23:30

47. RomeoJDR (Posts: 237; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)


The article even mentions how Gazelle spends extra money to market hard when a new iPhone is released. Hmmm, just maybe the extra marketing may have played a part in the increased business, rather than simply everyone ditching their phone for the iPhone? Where does the use of the term 'trade in' even stem from in this article. Gazelle is buying phones from people not trading them in for a discount on another phone.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 16:22

17. promise7 (Posts: 224; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Are these numbers people who are just looking at the offer or the one's who actually go through with the trade and mail in their phone to Gazelle?

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 16:32 2

18. JMartin22 (Posts: 643; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


In other news... those of us who have our favorite phones don't care about obvious bait articles such as this. Off the record comment: that site is awful and I would not undercut the profit I could get for selling a high-end smartphone.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 16:33 3

19. khmer (Posts: 88; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


iPhone 5s Touch ID, your finger print will be stored in your phone and Apple storage database. Your fingers print is the last resort for your life. It is not a safe place to store your fingers print inside your phone. An expert hackers already hacked and copied your fingers print from iPhone 5s some where in the World. You can change your passwords but your fingers print can't be change. My idea is don't use a phone with the finger print reader.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 16:51 2

21. promise7 (Posts: 224; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


we should get rid of door locks too because ppl can get into that.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 16:57 3

23. Ninetysix (Posts: 1072; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


You should wear gloves 24/7 if you're this paranoid. Make sure you don't touch anything!!!

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 18:06 5

35. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


He is not paranoid but giving wise advise that animals won't, and never understand!
Pathetic "Cults"™

®

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 18:17

38. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Except I don't think the average person would have to worry about the security of their fingerprint being stored on a device.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 13:19

49. slgilley (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Sep 2013)


Of course, this is mostly wrong. Your fingerprint is not stored on your phone. A non-reversible mathematical representation of your fingerprint is stored there, but your fingerprint can not be created from that representation. Neither is ever sent to Apple or stored on their servers. So this is all misinformation. Whether or not the fingerprint scanner makes your phone more secure is a different argument and one I decline to get into.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 16:39 8

20. alouden (Posts: 167; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


The author of this "article" seems to be trying to connect two items that may or may not be connected. He notes the spike in Samsung phones being traded in. He also notes that Gazelle asked 3000 customers who are switching to the iPhone why they switched. Two separate things. Maybe those trading in Samsungs are buying other Samsungs. Maybe they are buying iPhones. Maybe the LG G2. As for the 3000, the article fails to state what they are coming to the iPhone from. A Samsung? HTC? Older iPhone? Blackberry? It is flawed reasoning and sloppy journalism.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 16:55 3

22. JMartin22 (Posts: 643; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


I found that nearly all tech journalists do not do their diligence when reporting on "hot topic" issues such as this. After all, they're not really professional media journalists. Only some of them actually have degrees and went through an educational institution to be deemed qualified in this field.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:09 4

26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6632; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Troll bait article. He's been doing this lately and it's really getting out of hand.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 19:12

39. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


Use some common sense. The vast majority of those people did trade in their Samsung for an iPhone. Why? The timing makes sense.

You're technically correct but that's all your point is: a technicality.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 19:49 3

43. alouden (Posts: 167; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


"Common sense" versus intelligent analysis....hmm. What a choice. My "common sense" tells me not to accept what they are implying without analysis. I am not saying that NO ONE is turning in Samsung phones for iPhones. I am sure some of that is going on. Any reasonable person would realise that. I am just saying the data as presented is highly misleading and intended to start another pointless Apple versus Samsung/android war on this website.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 16:58 2

24. Slammer (Posts: 817; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


I'm not going to hold much stock in this news. I know roughly 320 people that I talk to on a regular basis. While many may upgrade from their current iPhone to the new ones, only one person has mentioned upgrading to the new iPhone 5s from another platform and it's not even a galaxy series device. With law of averages in place, 210% seems mighty high in this claim from Gazelle(which happens to be pro Apple).

John B.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:08 2

25. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6632; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Can't forget John V. and Alan.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:19 1

27. JMartin22 (Posts: 643; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


I guess you're going to be pro-Anything that is in demand among 1st world buyers and generates you a lot of money. That's the way Apple devices are, for better or worse.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 19:13

40. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


9 million people disagree.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 19:15

42. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


That includes you!

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 20:44 2

45. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


O wait, hold on! You mean 9 million animals disagree!

ROTFLMFAO

™®©

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 05:12

48. Pancholo (Posts: 370; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Oh, man. When you use your bad English (sometimes; you're getting better) and insults it makes my day every day!

I love you, TROLL.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:36 1

28. HASHTAG (unregistered)


I don't find this statement by Gazelle to be accurate, as so many flaws can be made into it. Not saying that their statement is wrong, just unlikely.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 18:16 5

37. sunnyfpy (Posts: 35; Member since: 12 May 2013)


Dumb deal,trade-in super cheap and buy over priced iphone5s, dumber,dumbest.....rip off.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 16:03 1

50. rallyguy (Posts: 439; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Gees does this really matter. We all get tired of the bickering back and forth about Apple vs Android. And yes it can be done in good fun, often it's an outright personal attack. This article just fans the fire of hatred that consumes people on here.
So a lot of people traded in their non Apple phone for most likely an Apple phone. So what?

What does this have to do with anything?
"Gazelle spends the big bucks to advertise on television."

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