The used electronics market Gazelle is ending its swap program. In an email obtained by The Verge, the company says it will stop offering the service on February 1, 2021, which means that potential customers have until January 31 to bring in an old device if they want to take advantage of the outgoing program. After that date, Gazelle will continue to sell refurbished units on its website. And if you plan to shop on an old phone or iPad, you can still do so through parent company ecoATM, which operates kiosks across the United States. Competing services like Orchard will continue to be an option as well.
According to The Verge, Gazelle gives no reason for the move, but the current state of the mobile market in the US must have played a role in the decision. In recent years, leasing phones have become incredibly popular, with both operators and manufacturers offering their own twist on the idea. If you are the type of person who likes to have the latest iPhone model, there is no need to sell your current model to a company like Gazelle when you can trade it in directly to Apple through both the iPhone upgrade program and the traditional exchange program. Since 201