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

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



1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

I actually saw PAPINYC trade-in his Galaxy S3.

7. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

flaming again....your pathetic

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nahhh WH, that one was personal.

12. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

44. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

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


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

He does not own a S3™ but a Note2 Ninetysix® you Troll®

2. LordDavon

Posts: 158; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

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

31. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

3. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

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

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Toiletcleaner ® What a funny name and an Avatar.... +1 ™

4. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 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

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

46. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 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.

5. brettmazzocchi

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

6. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

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

11. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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

14. alouden unregistered

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

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

13. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 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.

29. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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!


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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™ ®

47. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 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.

17. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 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?

18. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

19. khmer

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 21, 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.

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