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How to lock in the price of your used iPhone now, send it in when you get a new iPhone

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As the launch date of Apple’s new iPhone gets closer, the value of your old iPhones tends to depreciate rather quickly.

But thanks to what Gazelle announced today, you can lock in the price of your used iPhone now, then send it in to Gazelle for cash when you have your new iPhone in your eager hands.

This means instead of having the usual 30-day price lock guarantee, it is now extended to up to 50 days (for orders placed between now and September 10, 2013) — you can hold on to your current iPhone until October 15th to send it to Gazelle, giving you plenty of time to transition to your new iPhone. And with this new Extended Price Lock Guarantee you’ll lock in today’s price no matter if the value of your old iPhone goes down after the new iPhone comes out.

Apple is expected to announce new iPhones on September 10th with availability rumored to be on September 20th.

“Our price lock promotion allows savvy consumers to maximize the value of their old iPhone and lets them wait until after the new iPhone is here to send in their old one,” said Sarah Welch, chief marketing officer, Gazelle. “In many cases we pay enough to cover the full cost of upgrading to a new phone. We’ve been doing this quietly for years to help our customers get great value despite the potential challenges of getting their hands on a new iPhone in the early days of a launch, and we’re delighted to extend the price lock program even further this year.”

You can trade in every model of the iPhone except the first-generation one. Values go as high as $350 for an unlocked 64GB iPhone 5.

Here’s what to do: Go to Gazelle using this link, select “iPhone,” then use their online form to select what model and carrier you have, and the condition of your phone. They’ll quote a price and send shipping materials to you for free. After locking in your price, simply send Gazelle your old iPhone by October 15th and they’ll send you the cash. They even pay for shipping your old iPhone to them so you don’t have to.

20130823-125829.jpgAnd by using this link to Gazelle that I’m giving you, get an extra $10 reward on your first trade-in!

In addition, earn an additional 5% by taking payment with an Amazon gift card instead of a check. It’s your choice!

I’ve used Gazelle to get cash for my old iPhones for years and I recommend them highly. I first blogged about it here.

Follow Roger Rabbit creator Gary K. Wolf on Twitter. P-p-p-please!

20130824-161840.jpgRoger Rabbit fans: You’ve read the books, you’ve seen the movie and shorts, you even might have found his Facebook page… But do you follow Gary K. Wolf on Twitter? P-p-p-please do! He’s there as @GaryKWolf & @GaryKWolf_WWRR.

P-p-p-please follow him, then welcome Gary to the twitterverse!

Back to the Contemporary… in the 70s… with my iPhone

20130824-111422.jpgI had a weird but wonderful dream last night in which I went to WDW’s Contemporary Hotel back in the 70s but I still had my iPhone 5. I took lots of videos!

The Contemporary Tower’s Grand Canyon Concourse looked amazing. Cast Members were very interested in the iPhone and very friendly.

After posting about that on Twitter this morning, @Tekneek replied: “@DisneyEcho They were friendly because they were scared of Future Man and his gadget.”

Haha! No, not scared, but they were very puzzled at videos I showed them of Disneyland Paris that I had earlier saved onto my iPhone (back in my home time) from the official Disneyland Paris website. 🙂

Battery life on my iPhone sucked because there was no WiFi and no cellphone reception at all back then… because those didn’t exist yet. When I remembered that my iPhone was wasting power searching for non-existent not-invented-yet signals, at that point in my dream I put the iPhone into Airplane mode and battery life improved. 😉

When I woke up none of the videos I took in my dream were still on my iPhone, so I can’t post them.

I’m making $215 $230 selling my old iPhone 4S to @gazelle but you could get even more!

20130823-125829.jpgYes, I locked in a deal of getting $215 UPDATE: $230 for selling my old iPhone 4S. Here’s how you’ll get cash for your used iPhone, other cellphone, MacBook or other electronic gadgets from @gazelle: Use my link to get an extra $10 reward on your first trade-in! Gazelle extra $10 reward

Plus, when you choose to sell your gadget to @gazelle, you can get your money in a check or earn an additional 5% by taking payment with an Amazon gift card. It’s your choice!

I’ve sold my old iPhones with @gazelle for many years and have always had an excellent experience with them. Any questions? Leave a reply here and I’ll help.

Give @gazelle a try and make money from your old gadgets: Gazelle extra $10 reward

UPDATE: I checked back later in the day and the offer price had gone UP by ten dollars! So, I cancelled the agreement that they’d pay me $215 and then made a new agreement for $230.

Walt Disney Imagineering changed the voice of Mara in the “Indiana Jones Adventure” at Disneyland

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UPDATE: Be sure to read the great news in this article’s comments!
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Return the ominous voice of Mara at Disneyland to its former glory! Let your “true” voice be heard, as Mara’s once was! Sign the online petition here.

Why I signed it: I was so fortunate as to have my first experience riding the Indiana Jones attraction at Disneyland way back when it was one of the highlights of the official Disneyana Convention one of the few times that convention was held by The Walt Disney Company at Disneyland rather than Walt Disney World. It was so long ago that all the effects in the attraction were still working as designed! Each time since then that I’ve returned, I’ve always enjoyed being warned by the ominous voice of Mara in that booming way of his. Imagine my surprise to hearing a recording of it this week and how I unimpressive it now sounds after being changed! I implore you, give back to us Disney fans the original voice of Mara! With any luck, you will restore it before my next vacation to my favorite place on earth, the Disneyland Resort. Whatever team changed Mara’s voice are certainly acting like “foolish mortals”!

See the new effects, which are great, and hear the not-great new voice on YouTube.

Again, please sign the online petition here.

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UPDATE: And, again, be sure to read the great news in this article’s comments!
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Gary K. Wolf’s long-awaited 3rd Roger Rabbit novel

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Hey, Roger Rabbit fans!

Gary K. Wolf has a Facebook page — “Fans of Who Wacked Roger Rabbit? — where you can keep up to date on all the latest developments about Gary’s long-awaited 3rd Roger Rabbit novel.

Check it out: “Fans of Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?.

Gary also writes on his blog: Toontown Through a Keyhole. That’s fun, too!

Jessica Rabbit Busts Out at Disney Park

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Image courtesy of CharacterCentral.net

Originally brought to Toon life in Gary K. Wolf‘s novel “Who Censored Roger Rabbit?”, Jessica Rabbit first appeared onscreen in Disney/Touchstone’s 1988 “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” motion picture but has been noticeably absent from Disney theme parks as a character you can “meet and greet”.

Until yesterday.

On May 24th, Jessica Rabbit walked around for the very first time in any Disney theme park. The photo above was taken in Disneyland Paris during the Disney Dreamers Event.

She’s not creepy, she’s just portrayed that way.

Jessica certainly wasn’t creepy looking on the old Pleasure Island sign at WDW…
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and she still looks great in many animatronic depictions of her in Roger Rabbit’s CarToon Spin at Disneyland.

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But this walk-around of Jessica Rabbit in the park is a bit creepy looking because with this particular mask face she seems like a blow up doll. It would be better to have the same outfit below the neck but with a beautiful real woman face character (with padding in her costume as necessary). Also, change the wig to cover her right eye most of the time, as in the Roger Rabbit movie. And the look can be achieved with humans portraying Jessica, as in this photograph courtesy of Hyracoden Photography Studio:
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It would be more interesting if Jessica could talk, which is easier if she’s a face character. There might be fewer passes and pawing by too-excited males if she’s allowed to say snarky lines at them and occasionally slap a face when necessary, too! There just needs to be an advisory sign at the meet and greet area, similar to ones at Splash Mountain but with the wording slightly changed to “CAUTION: YOU MIGHT GET SLAPPED.”

For more about the Jessica Rabbit walk-around character see The Jessica Rabbit Debate – Park Character Under Heavy Scrutiny.

What are your thoughts about this? — leave a reply below or follow me (@DisneyEcho) on Twitter and leave a comment there!

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