Gazelle sees 171% spike in MacBook trade-ins ahead of WWDC

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
With Apple rumored to announce a refreshed MacBook lineup at its Worldwide Developers Conference next week, Gazelle on Thursday said its website has seen a substantial increase in traffic, with MacBook trade-ins jumping 171 percent compared to the period leading up to WWDC 2012.

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According to Gazelle's most recent statistics, trade volume of various Apple MacBook models have steadily risen since March, but the past week saw an unusually sharp jump possibly related to rumors surrounding the announcement of a refreshed laptop lineup.

"Gazelle saw a 35% week-over-week jump in laptops traded in," the company said. "When compared to the same week before WWDC last year, this represents a 171% increase in MacBook trades, which can be most likely attributed to consumer anticipation of a new fleet of MacBooks next week at WWDC."

Currently, the most popular product on Gazelle is the MacBook Pro, which accounted for 57 percent of all laptop trade-ins over the past week.

For example, Gazelle is currently offering $1,689 for a MacBook Pro in good condition, while a MacBook Air will net up to $893. Legacy MacBook models can also fetch up to $251. AppleInsider readers also get an additional $10 for every trade-in over $25 when visiting their site through this link.

As part of its mission to offer a "crazy awesome" customer experience, Gazelle pays out cash for each trade and offers a 30-day price guarantee. That means customers can lock in a price for their MacBook now and, if new laptops are introduced at WWDC next week, still have three weeks to ship their old machines to Gazelle. As with any supply and demand market, Gazelle's trade-in prices will decrease as more people sell off their old computers.

If rumors are to be believed, Apple will introduce a revamped MacBook Pro with Retina display and refreshed MacBook Air at the conference, each getting CPU boosts nd minor component upgrades. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a good track record in anticipating Apple's product releases, predicts that the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will be slightly slimmer than existing models, while the Air will add a dual microphone system akin to Apple's larger laptops.

In related news, it was reported earlier on Thursday that Apple may begin its own in-house trade-in program for iPhones in a reported bid to spur upgrades.

Gazelle sees the move as validation of its own business model.

?We applaud the move because Apple's participation will likely accelerate consumer adoption of device trade-ins. And though there is room for many winners in what we see as a huge market, our approach is different," said Gazelle CEO Israel Ganot. "Gazelle is focused on offering the best online trade-in experience for those consumers who want to do so online and after they have bought a new device, and it appears that Apple will focus on in-store trade-ins at the time of a new purchase.?

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 14
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,735member
    Well their site's offer for my MBP makes me want to keep it! My new Mac Pro later this year can have a mobile friend. :)
  • Reply 2 of 14
    geekdadgeekdad Posts: 1,131member
    somebody is going to be disappointed when the new products won't be available right on the announcement....Rumor has it a MBA might be availbale right away.
  • Reply 3 of 14
    geekdadgeekdad Posts: 1,131member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post

    Well their site's offer for my MBP makes me want to keep it! My new Mac Pro later this year can have a mobile friend. image

     

    I am excited to see what Apple does with the new Mac Pro.....
  • Reply 4 of 14
    brunzillabrunzilla Posts: 39member


    Anyone stupid enough to sell their product to Gazelle deserves to lose their money.

  • Reply 5 of 14
    danyakdanyak Posts: 28member


    I'm on a BlackBook still running ok - I WANT MY NEW MB PRO RETINA!

  • Reply 6 of 14
    geekdadgeekdad Posts: 1,131member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by danyak View Post


    I'm on a BlackBook still running ok - I WANT MY NEW MB PRO RETINA!

     

    You should be first in line!
    OTOH....I would love to have a black rMBP....if that had been an option when i got mine i would have taken it....
  • Reply 7 of 14
    danyakdanyak Posts: 28member


    Its been amazing and pretty sleek considering its bulk by today's standards - six years old and still keeps going fine - but too slow for iMovie projects and I'm afraid one of these days it won't come to life .. 

  • Reply 8 of 14
    hmmhmm Posts: 3,405member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Brunzilla View Post


    Anyone stupid enough to sell their product to Gazelle deserves to lose their money.



     


     


    Do you really not understand the concept of wholesale tradein value? They are going to make money off of these units. If you want to make more, you need to find a private party who is willing to pay you something near the retail value of a used machine. As much as I hate car analogies, they work here. Do you think dealers really offer current retail value on a tradein?

  • Reply 9 of 14
    boredumbboredumb Posts: 1,406member

    dunce edits

  • Reply 10 of 14
    poochpooch Posts: 768member
    With Apple rumored to announce a refreshed MacBook lineup at its Worldwide Developers Conference next week, Gazelle on Thursday said its website has seen a substantial increase in traffic, with MacBook trade-ins jumping 171 percent compared to the period leading up to WWDC 2012.
    boredumb wrote: »
    Huh...you'd think it would be happening this year instead.

    (And yet another tip 'o' the proofreader's dunce-cap to AI!):rolleyes:
    With Apple rumored to announce a refreshed MacBook lineup at its Worldwide Developers Conference next week, Gazelle on Thursday said its website has seen a substantial increase in traffic, with MacBook trade-ins jumping 171 percent compared to the period leading up to WWDC 2012.

    it does kinda sorta definitely say "compared to the period leading up to wwdc 2012". you best hurry and get that cap back ...
  • Reply 11 of 14
    cash907cash907 Posts: 893member
    Hysterical. I just sold my 13" 2009 MBP for three times on Craigslist what Gazelle is offering. I understand its a wholesale price they list, but that's ridiculous. I imagine they make themselves a healthy profit off the laziness of the average consumer.
  • Reply 12 of 14
    brunzillabrunzilla Posts: 39member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Brunzilla

    Anyone stupid enough to sell their product to Gazelle deserves to lose their money.


    Do you really not understand the concept of wholesale tradein value? They are going to make money off of these units. If you want to make more, you need to find a private party who is willing to pay you something near the retail value of a used machine. As much as I hate car analogies, they work here. Do you think dealers really offer current retail value on a tradein?


    Oh of course - Yes I do understand.
    But let me ask you, are you going to sell your product to them or are you going to list it on eBay to get the most money you can?
    Honest question...
  • Reply 13 of 14

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post



    Well their site's offer for my MBP makes me want to keep it! My new Mac Pro later this year can have a mobile friend. image


     


    Ditto here - I just bought mine a month ago, and there's no way in Hell you could get me to sell it... OTOH, a new Air would be nice to go along with it.

  • Reply 14 of 14
    boredumbboredumb Posts: 1,406member

    Quote:

    it does kinda sorta definitely say "compared to the period leading up to wwdc 2012". you best hurry and get that cap back ...


    Yep, thanks.

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