Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Web Secret 342: Gazelle
And if you are lucky, Santa will bring some of you new computers, smartphones or tablets.
What is the easiest, most lucrative, and most green method of disposing of your old devices?
I recently decided to sell them my 2010 MacBook Pro.
But first, I wanted to send them a machine scrubbed clean of all my data, and restored to factory settings. (PS: You should never sell any of your electronics without doing this.)
I found an excellent tutorial on YouTube for this purpose:
Next I created an account on Gazelle and went through their super simple, step by step instructions to determine the model and specs of my old machine and its condition. Gazelle offered me $313 for my old laptop.
I then had a choice of payment method. I chose to get an Amazon gift card because a. I use Amazon all the time and b. they gave me a bonus incentive to use Amazon, bringing my total payment to $328.65.
Depending on the size of your device, Gazelle will either mail you a box and shipping label, or in my case I just printed out a free Fedex label and packed the laptop in my own box.
Once Gazelle receives your machine and verifies its condition, they send your money.
I like easy.