Is Gazelle Or Other Similar Websites A Good Choice For Selling A Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by beeinformed, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. beeinformed macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2010

    I recently bought the 2016 MacBook Pro notebook and would like to sell my 2011 MacBook Air to a website called Gazelle (or a similar website).

    Has anyone here had any experience selling their notebook to Gazelle or similar websites?

    Thanks in advance for your feedback to my question!
  2. jakespeed macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2002
    When i have looked on them in the past the prices they offer are MUCH below (like < 50%) what you can get in other markets.

    For me i have done best with something Like Craigs List where you sell directly to someone with no-one else taking a cut. But that an be hard so I fall back to Amazon Marketplace and finally eBay if I can't sell elsewhere. The fees on eBay however are so high these days that you should expect to only get about 80% of the sell price. Amazon is a little better.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
  4. Rian Gray macrumors regular

    Rian Gray

    Jul 13, 2011
    NJ, United States
    I've sold numerous gadgets to Gazelle. Their service is great, but in terms of price, I really can't recommend it. Unless you are selling either damaged or too outdated gadget, eBay may as well be the better option. In fact, if you can't sell it on eBay, (no buyer interested in it because scratches on the top or etc.) then take it to Gazelle. They will always buy it, and they will even send you a packing box with foams in them.
  5. tylerwatt12 macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2013
    I've sold many things on swappa. Much prefer it to Gazelle where you barely get any money, or eBay where you have to pay close attention to the rules, or else get scammed.

    I think swappa has a flat sale fee, which is nice.
  6. AceFernalld macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2008
    MacMeAnOffer gave me $915 for a 2013 rMBP a few weeks ago
  7. Rafterman macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2010
    Gazelle - great in security and ease of selling, pricing is OK, but you'd get a lot more on eBay and alike. But, again, not as secure or as easy as Gazelle.

    Personally, I'll take the price hit just for dealing with a legitimate company, and not some stranger on the internet.
  8. LostAggie macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2011
    Gazelle is great to deal with and painless. I have used eBay many times with success but last time someone tried to claim the iPad I sent had a cracked screen. I called bs and showed the pictures from when I packed it. Never heard from them again but makes me think twice now.
  9. elemenohme, Nov 10, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2017
  10. beeinformed thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2010
    Did they send you shipping supplies for your notebook?
  11. AceFernalld macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2008
    Nope, I packed it myself.
  12. Scary Spice macrumors regular

    Scary Spice

    Jul 31, 2015
    British Columbia
    I cal them Gaz-smelle.

    That should say enough.
  13. SparkFlash macrumors 6502


    Feb 15, 2013
    No its basically an online pawn shop. You can sell it but its much less money so they can resell and make a profit. Why bother with a middle man? Sell direct.
  14. beeinformed thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2010
    Did you install a new OS before you sent your notebook to them? Thanks!
  15. chriscrowlee macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    I LOVE ... they ALWAYS have offered more for phones and macs than any of the other sites out there. Sure you'll sell for more on eBay or Craigslist, but my experience after selling a dozen iPhones and a few Mac products, they never bait and switch, and they always offer a lot more than other sites.

    I sold my "ultimate" 13" rMBP from 2015 to them and ebay average was $1490, other trade-in sites were about $500-600, and gave me $1020. Big fan!

    I am in no way related to the site, I'm just a fan.
  16. DougFNJ macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2008
    I sold my MacBook on Swappa and made out very well. Fee was only $30 plus PayPal and shipping
  17. graffixnyc macrumors regular


    Sep 13, 2016
    ÜT: 40.757618,-73.790043
    Nice! I actually work for Swappa. Keep in mind sellers don't pay a fee to Swappa, we add the fee on to your asking price and that's paid to us by the buyer. So for example say you want to sell your MBP for $1500, we add a $35 fee to that price so the listing price would be $1535.
    The tiered fees are explained here:
  18. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Yes... if you request it they will send you a free, sponge lined box with prepaid shipping.

    I've always used Gazelle and had good results. Like others mentioned, you can get more money selling yourself on eBay or Craigslist or whatever, but to me it is not worth the aggravation.

    I just sold Gazelle my 2014 rMBP. Gazelle received my MacBook on Nov. 25 and I had my money in Paypal on Nov. 29.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 2, 2016 ---
    Thanks... interesting and I'll check them out next time. Looks like it would have been about the same for my 2014 rMBP. I got $510 from Gazelle and is offering $500.
  19. beeinformed thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2010
    Hi Everyone,

    I just want to give an update on this thread as I decided to go with MacMeAnOffer and they had gave me a good offer for my notebook. I had a nice experience dealing with them.

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