Gazelle Reports Spike in Used Samsung Device Sells

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Used kit broker (Gazelle) has seen a sharp spike in Samsung device sells in the immediate aftermath of Apple’s sweeping courtroom victory over the convicted copycat. Gazelle told Marketwatch that there was a 50 percent increase in Samsung device sales by customers in the three days following the jury’s verdict, and that this has resulted in an average 10 percent price decrease for those devices.


Gazelle & Samsung SmartphonesGazelle got its start buying used electronics, but it got a big boost when it began marketing the service towards iPhone owners looking to upgrade to the latest model. The company has had enormous success buying these devices and reselling them at a profit, and has expanded to buy iPads, Macs, and smartphones from HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and other manufacturers.

For instance, Gazelle will pay $229 for a Samsung Galaxy S3, a current device that has gotten consistently good reviews and has been well received in the marketplace. In comparison, Gazelle will pay $287 for a 16GB iPhone 4S on AT&T’s network ($241 on Sprint or Verizon).

“Consumers seem to be jumping ship,” Anthony Scarsella, chief gadget officer at Gazelle, said. “We expect this trend to continue, especially with this latest verdict.”

One reason for the ship-jumping is that some users may be concerned that their devices will see some features removed from their Samsung devices as Samsung releases software updates to keep from infringing on Apple’s patents. Consumers have become accustomed to certain functionality in their devices and don’t want to see it change.

Yung Trang, president of deal aggregator TechBargains, told Marketwatch that, “Android customers are no longer sure of that” as a product of Friday’s jury verdict.

We should note, though, that Samsung has made no announcements about removing features or making any other changes, and the company is busily appealing its conviction as a willful copycat. If the increase in device sales to Gazelle is anything other than a coincidence, it not due to specific news about changing features, but rather on fears that things change.

If that’s the case, the sentiment could perhaps be best expressed as some people are deciding to get out while the getting is good, especially with the release of Apple’s iPhone 5 media event taking place in just two weeks.

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Lee Dronick

Wouldn’t people sell their phone after buying a new one? What I am getting at is if they want an iPhone 5, or whatever it will be called, then why sell your existing phone and be going without for a month.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Because the Galaxy Note II announcement today had nothing to do with that. Child, please!


Lee, more likely they are upgrading to another Android phone. I’ve been hearing about sales to (paraphrasing) upgrade your android phone. Could it be that the verdict motivated folks who have upgraded already to sell the old model?

Lee Dronick

Buck I was responding to the last paragraph in the article about getting out while the getting is good.


The rest of the truth for Apple folk and the uniformed… ship

Global Equities, a research firm, decided to do some polling. It called up five AT&T stores, three Costco Stores, five Sprint Stores, and three Verizon Stores to see what was going on, reports CNN.

The two reports suggest that consumers are dumping the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is one of the many devices the jury found to infringe on Apple’s patents. Global Equities says they’re doing this in favor of the Galaxy S III, the successor to the GSII. In other words, consumers might be dumping one Samsung device for another. I’m sure Samsung is crying in its milk.

Rod Trent

Folks are purchasing Samsung devices in support of Samsung.  Apple is going to be surprised at the consumer uprising against it.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

OK learning & Rod… I am totally on your side, no doubt. But not enough people to make any difference are dumping their Samsung phones because Apple got its jury verdict, nor are they making Samsung purchases they wouldn’t otherwise make in order to show support. Both notions are equally silly.


You’re all partially right and wrong smile

Gazelle let’s you “LOCK IN A PRICE” for 30 days. This gives current Samsung owners a chance to secure funds if they CHOOSE to sell it to upgrade to either an unannounced iPhone 5 or another Android phone that either is not infringing or to buy one before it could theoretically be pulled from store shelves by the courts. . . . both are safe and smart bets to hedge your options.


So what does Gazelle do with all this gear? 
I went to their website, and while they buy in a lot of categories, they don’t sell a damned thing.

Lee Dronick

They have top men working on it.

Bwaahahaha!  Raiders of the Lost Snark?

Bryan Chaffin

I don’t know this for a fact, but an educated guess is that they sell the devices they buy through different brands and in markets outside the U.S.

Lee Dronick

That makes sense Bryan.

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