The used electronics marketplace Gazelle is ending its mail-in trade-in program. In an email received by The ledge, The company says it will stop offering the service on February 1, 2021, meaning that potential customers will have to get an older device by January 31 if they want to take advantage of the outgoing program. After that date, Ghazal will continue to sell refurbished devices on its website. And if you intend to trade in an old phone or iPad, you can still do so through your parent company, Ecomat, which operates kiosks throughout the US. Competitive services such as Orchard will also remain an option.
according to this The ledge, Gazelle does not provide a reason for the move, but the current state of the mobile market in the US may have played a role in the decision. In recent years, leasing phones have become incredibly popular, with both carriers and manufacturers offering their own twist on the idea. If you are the type of person who likes the latest iPhone model, there is no need to sell your existing model to a company, such that you can trade directly in Apple through both your iPhone upgrade program and traditional trade-ins. program. Since 2017, Apple has also offered mail-in options for the former, so it’s not like Gazelle’s exit is leaving a hole in the market.