Gazelle and CheckMEND Join Forces to Thwart Device Thieves
Muggers and robbers who steal iPhones and iPads are going to have a harder time getting rid of their stolen goods thanks to a new partnership between hardware reseller, Gazelle and CheckMEND. According to VentureBeat
, Gazelle will begin scanning all the devices that are being traded-in against CheckMEND, which is a service that compiles information on stolen devices from the FBI, police, wireless carriers and others. If the device appears to be stolen or lost, Gazelle will refuse to pay for the device and return it to the sender.
For those of you who arenít familiar with CheckMEND, it is a new service offered by UK company, Recipero. Originally launched in the UK, CheckMEND recently expanded to the US. The company claims it is the largest consumer electronics background reports service in the U.S. Gazelle also happens to be the first US trade-in service to utilize CheckMEND and engage in a policy where it returns goods reported to be lost or stolen.
In practice, the move might deter those who are trying to sell hot products but in reality, I think these people will just look to sell their stolen goods elsewhere. Despite that, this move is still one headed in the right direction.