In this blog, we’ll be talking about the top 5 places to sell memory.
Having said that, most of the time computer parts don’t retain much value past a couple of years.
However, DDR3 and DDR4 memory seem to hold their value for a longer period of time without losing as much value.
The end of life cycle has slowed down compared to the early 2000s.
That’s when manufacturers were doubling speed in a blink of an eye.
In this article, we’ll go over where you can get the most value when shopping your computer memory.
List of Best Places To Sell Memory from Your Old Computer
- Facebook Market
- ITAD Companies
- Amazon Marketplace
- Recycle It (tax break)
1. Sell Memory on eBay
eBay, has been the go-to source for eCommerce for the last two decades. It is one of the best known market places to sell used goods in the world.
That doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the best place to sell computer memory online. When you sell your memory, eBay takes a seller fee which is a percentage based on the sale price.
Also, if you don’t have an established seller rating, it can discourage bidders from bidding on the product.
For niche products it can be difficult to find buyers if you have a RAM stick that isn’t as popular as others, and either way you are going to have to put in some leg work.
One major plus of eBay though, is that it is very helpful in giving you an idea of what top value is for used equipment.
2. Facebook Marketplace
Facebook Marketplace is a newer form of craigslist that gives you a better insight into the buyers.
It still is an unregulated platform that has the potential to be used by scammers.
So, all transactions should be completed in person in a public place.
Facebook does not charge fees which is a major advantage but buyers are usually limited to the local area. At the very least, you’ll have an idea who your buyer is since they’re visible on Facebook.
3. ITAD Companies
One of the best places to sell memory especially if you have bulk inventory is through an ITAD company.
Many of these companies do not buy in small quantities. However, when purchasing in bulk they have a competitive advantage to sell all in one transaction.
Pay is limited and takes from a few days to a week because they will test all parts for functionality which can delay the process.
They also don’t usually pay upfront as they have all the liability. But as a reputable business, you don’t have to worry about payment.
The downside is that ITAD companies can’t pay the highest prices because of overhead from testing and storage similar to how a pawn shop operates.
The huge difference is they are brokers that have the ability to sell the equipment fast so ITAD companies can pay a higher price. It’s also an easy process that guarantees payment which is a huge advantage when dealing with larger quantities.
We at Exit, specialize in buying and selling DDR3 and DDR4 memory modules so when shopping your equipment around let us quote it out.
4. Amazon Marketplace
If Amazon has the product listed on their website then you can register and post a price as used product with description.
The major advantage is you could set up multiple units under one post and as they sell you can ship them to different buyers.
The major downfall is that you could be waiting for days, months or years to sell them. And if they get replaced the market could crash and you would lose some or possibly all of your value.
5. Recycling Instead of Selling
The last option we will go over is recycling of the memory sticks with an authorized electronics recycler.
You can drop the units off at Best Buy or a regional certified recycler.
Almost all local counties have dropoff sites for electronic goods for end of life.
When you date the drop off you need to get an estimate.
To determine the fair market value of a computer, use an evaluator tool like the free Sage BlueBook.
Then you can itemize the value on your taxes. Always consult a professional tax professional for details.
For more information on tax laws related to computer donation, see Section 170 of the Federal Income Tax Code.
How To Sell Memory? Where Do I Start?
It’s important to take stock or inventory of all the memory that you have. Organize them by type, like DDR3 and DDR4.
Then take notes of the speeds and quantities. This will help you in evaluating the value and getting an accurate quote faster.
Submit your list to several companies that buy used IT equipment to get a baseline on the value. Then research other marketplaces to see if there is demand and if you want to take the time to sell them individually.
Some factors to consider are the response times, purchase offers, years in business, certifications, and online reviews.
If you are selling other excess IT equipment, we can help with that as well.
Contact us today for a free asset valuation and service quote.
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