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Gazelle Identifies the Top Ten Klutziest Cities in America

Attention Consumers: Calling All Broken Phone Stories for Chance to Win New Phone

BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/27/13 -- Hey there America, we've been watching you. Gazelle, the nation's leading trade-in site for high-end consumer electronics, has been keeping tabs on the condition of your traded-in phones, to see which cities in America are the klutziest. We calculated the percentage of phones sent in that were cracked, dented or water-damaged to compile our list. Congratulations to our friends from the South, home to six of 10 cities to make our list. Led by Tallahassee, Fla., the South sent us the largest percent of broken or damaged phones. New York was the only state to represent two cities on the list, Bronx and Staten Island. And to our friends out West, you either baby your phones, or you just haven't been living enough. Your region was the least likely to send us a phone in bad condition.

Let's take a look at who made our Top 10 Klutziest Cities list, based on the percentage of broken or damaged iPhones Gazelle received:

  Rank           City         Percentage of Phones Traded in That Are Broken
   1    Tallahassee, Fla.                         21.29%
   2    New Orleans, La.                          21.12%
   3    Bakersfield, Calif.                       20.63%
   4    Bronx, N.Y.                               19.88%
   5    Virginia Beach, Va.                       19.23%
   6    Oklahoma City, Okla.                       18.9%
   7    Memphis, Tenn.                            18.68%
   8    Baton Rouge, La.                          18.44%
   9    Staten Island, N.Y.                       18.16%
   10   Boston, Mass.                             18.13%

"They may be klutzy but they are also smart since these are the people who are trading in their broken iPhones for cash," said Sarah Welch, Gazelle's chief marketing officer. "Many people are not aware that there is significant value in their unwanted electronics, even broken smart phones. These savvy consumers know they can fetch over $100 for a broken iPhone to help pay for a replacement."

Since keeping a phone intact is a universal problem, we're also announcing our "Broken Phone Stories" contest. By uploading a photo or submitting a story about how they broke their phone, consumers will have a chance to win a brand new phone of their choosing.

The contest starts today, February 27, 2013, and runs until April 10, 2013. Each week of the contest, one new winner will be chosen and receive a brand new phone from Gazelle. Winners will be announced on April 15, 2013. For more details on Gazelle's "Broken Phone Stories" contest, please visit: Gazelle's Facebook Page. You can also view the complete list of rules and eligibility requirement here, in order to qualify.

About Gazelle
Gazelle (www.gazelle.com) is the nation's leading high-end consumer electronics trade-in site, providing an easy, fast and safe way for consumers to get cash for their unwanted devices. Gazelle takes the risk and effort out of selling electronic gadgets online with benefits such as free shipping and packaging and comprehensive identity and data removal. To date, Gazelle has accepted more than one million trade-ins, helping consumers upgrade to the latest technology and earn quick cash. Based in Boston, Gazelle is privately owned and is backed by premier venture capital firms Venrock Associates, RockPort Capital Partners, Physic Ventures and Craton Equity Partners.

Gazelle is a trademark of Gazelle, Inc., registered in the U.S. iPhone and Apple are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Gazelle is not affiliated with Apple.

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