If you have DDR or DDR2 you are most likely out of luck. As technology races forward old technology bites the dust. If you have these sticks, there is little to no value for them in the secondary market. But if you have DDR3 or above then it’s the best time to sell.
Below is our article from 2017 giving you the best options for selling RAM on the secondary market. If you just wanted a quick quote to sell RAM or other equipment you can contact us for a quote by clicking here.
Do you have RAM memory but you don’t know where to sell it? In this article we’ll be going over all the options to help you find the best place to sell your computer RAM.
In the last few years, high end computer RAM modules have become more valuable, so even one stick of high density ddr4 can be worth a pretty penny used.
The best place to sell computer ram depends heavily on the quantity of memory modules, the type of RAM you’re looking to sell and how new it is.
Best Place to Sell Computer RAM: Our List
1) Sell Locally
To avoid shipping costs and any uncertainty selling online, typically cities have multiple computer consignment shops or secondhand electronics stores that will purchase memory. You may not always get the best price from these stores, and it may be difficult to move quantity this way, but it is a reasonable option for the old fashioned memory seller nonetheless.
The market for memory on eBay is fairly saturated, and seller fees are also somewhat cost prohibitive. Additionally it can be difficult to find buyers without an established record on eBay. Support from eBay isn’t always great when transaction issues arise, and eBay favors the buyer heavily in most cases, so that’s something to keep in mind when considering this platform.
Next on our list is a somewhat newer, consumer option in the world of electronics ecommerce. It’s called Reddit. Hardwareswap is a “subreddit” within the online forum that users use to trade or sell their IT hardware. Reddit in general is not a secure platform, but subreddits each have different rules and this one is fairly reliable for many consumers.
Spammers and scammers are weeded out quickly, and mods are fairly reliable. Buyers and sellers are required to have an established account older than 50 days. This essentially means your account can’t be brand new or unused before you can use this platform, though you can provide proof of transactions on other sites to be approved. You’re also required to show a picture of the hardware with your username and a timestamp to avoid any scams as an additional layer of security.
This forum may be the best place to sell computer ram if you have an established reputation on reddit and experience navigating this type of platform. We also have a blog post on the best places to sell computer parts if you’re looking to sell parts beyond RAM.
4) ITAD Companies
The best place to sell computer memory in bulk is to ITAD companies. IT asset disposition companies are wholesalers that purchase large quantities of IT equipment and components, and then remarket or repurpose it across various channels to recover value from the equipment. Prepay is rarely an option, but many ITAD companies will be able to process your order in a few days. Larger ITAD companies will typically pay less but process more quickly than smaller ITAD companies, though RAM memory is much faster to process than something like a lot of servers. Selling on consignment is not as appealing on paper, but keep in mind that it allows for larger compensation in some cases.
Some ITAD companies specialize in recycling. While these companies can help you retain value from scrap or non-viable material, look for an ITAD company that specifically focuses on high-end enterprise equipment and bulk remarketing to sell computer parts. If you have equipment that’s on the newer side, an ITAD company that knows the market and knows specifically where to remarket your assets will be able to give a better price.
Companies that aren’t reputable do not last in the IT remarketing world, so look for a company with some tenure.
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If you’re not necessarily just looking for cash reimbursement, many companies offer a trade in program towards a purchase. While the reimbursement is generally lower from these options than you might expect when selling direct to consumers, they are convenient options to consider.
2-day payout. Amazon has a pretty great trade in program that makes it really easy to get an offer on your product. You find your product in the drop down menus, and then select it to get an offer. Your reimbursement can only be used on Amazon.
6) Best Buy
10-day payout on average. Best buy has a similar trade in feature to Amazon: the process is just as simple, though you only get a trade in for store credit just like amazon.
14-day payout after receival Mac Memory is a good option if you specifically need to sell memory from Apple products, though their trade in program is fairly slow as far as receiving the rebate goes.
Can I buy used RAM?
Yes, many of the above options like amazon, eBay, and hardwareswap can also be used to purchase used RAM, naturally. If you’re looking for bulk lots of used RAM, you may be able to find a broker or ITAD company that deals directly to consumers.
Is it safe to sell RAM?
Yes, RAM does not carry the same high risk media bearing nature that hard drives do. Since any data placed onto memory is erased shortly after it’s no longer immediately needed, the odds of anyone recovering data off of your RAM (assuming you aren’t being negligent) are quite low.
What can you do with old memory?
That depends on how old it is and what condition it is in. Newer DDR3 memory that is higher than 4GB in capacity is sort of the baseline. However, you shouldn’t expect much money back from old RAM unless you’ve got DDR4 or memory to sell in bulk. If your RAM is damaged you can use CPU or RAM repair services. For bulk sales you’ll want to reach out to an ITAD company like us in the form below, as it saves time and stress with large orders; you simply get a check and we cover everything else.
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