Understanding how to sell used GPUs and getting the best value for them can be difficult.
In this article, we’ll go over the process of selling your used GPUs, where to sell them, and a few key things to consider along the way so you get the most money and have the least amount of confusion!
If you’re in a rush and don’t feel like reading, here’s the quick GPU selling checklist:
How to Sell Used GPUs:
Step 1: Determine if GPUs are worth selling.
Step 2: Decide where to sell used graphics cards.
Step 3: List GPUs accurately with hardware specs, condition, and picture.
Step 4: Carefully package and ship graphics hardware.
Step 5: Get paid and enjoy your new money.
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But… if you want the full breakdown with all the good tips, keep reading below…
Step 1: Determine if GPUs are worth selling
Whether you’re buying or selling a GPU, graphics card pricing has been far more variable than any other type of computer parts due to the cryptocurrency mining craze.
The first step of selling is figuring out if selling your GPU is worth it for you.
You’ll want to do some basic online research at places like eBay & maybe Amazon to see what the street price of your used GPU is going for.
Here are the main factors that determine how much you can get for your used GPUs:
- Number of Cores
- 3-D vs 2-D Rendering Capabilities
- Graphics Memory Density: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, etc.
- Memory Type: GDDR5, DDR4, DDR3
- Bandwidth: 2.1 GHz, 7 GHz
- Power Efficiency
- Current demand for the model of GPU
- Desktop GPU vs laptop CPU
Side-note, if you have a mobile GPU, you may want to read this guide on selling laptops for parts instead.
While buying a new GPU is out of the scope of this article, keep in mind that if you sell during a time when you are going to get the most return for your old graphics card that also might mean you stand to pay too much for your new GPU if you didn’t already buy it.
Another thing you should keep in mind is that different marketing places and avenues of selling your used GPU may have different prices.
So, when doing your pricing research, it’s better to have a range in mind and not an absolute price.
Also, keep in mind that selling your graphics card, as with anything really, will have extra fees associated with it like packaging, listing fees, or more.
Note: if you’re not sure whether you should sell, check out this article on why you should sell your used GPUs.
Next, let’s jump into where to sell your used GPUs!
Step 2: Decide where to sell used graphics cards
There are two main types of places you can sell your used graphics cards or GPUs. Here’s a quick breakdown.
Types of Places to Sell Used Graphics Cards
Option 1: ITAD Companies
The first is an ITAD company, like us, that buys and sells IT hardware such as servers, graphics, cards, and more and either resell them or recycles them.
ITAD stands for Information Technology Asset Disposition. In other words, ITAD companies help people buy and sell used IT equipment.
We’re an ITAD company with decades of experience, so if you’d like to sell without hassle, we’d be happy to help you sell your used graphics cards here.
Option 2: Peer to Peer Sites
The second option involves peer to peer networks in which you find a personal buyer online and then sell it to them. Here are just a few examples:
- Reddit: Hardware Swap
- Reddit: Miner Swap (better if you have a good mining GPU)
- Facebook Mining Groups
- Craigslist if you’re feeling daring, but not recommended
There are a few different factors to determine where is best to sell your GPUs. The first one depends on the amount and value of the graphics cards you have to sell.
Value of assets
If you determine the value of your GPU(s) is $1,000 or more in resale value, you can also potentially sell your GPUs to an information technology asset disposition (ITAD) company such as Exit.
If the price isn’t at least that, then you’ll need to stick with the peer to peer type sites.
Time and Effort
Selling your GPUs can be either a very quick and painless experience, or can be a huge time suck. While a peer to peer network may get you a little more money, it’ll also require more time and effort on your part.
These are the main areas you’ll spend your time on:
- Researching the parts – this can take a long time in certain cases due to some model numbers of the same graphics cards type being with much more or much less than others.
- Figuring out which peer to peer network you will sell/list on.
- Actually creating the listing, writing it, taking photos, etc.
- And, if you have any issues, you’d have to deal with those.
- Waiting for payment from PayPal or other payment delays.
Another major concern is the trust factor difference between a peer to peer site and a trusted ITAD company. Don’t get me wrong here, lots of people sell things direct every day and never have an issue.
However, there are risks involved, there are scammers out there, and that risk is ultimately something you have to consider. You have to carefully consider your options.
Note: if you’d like more details on this, check out our article on where to sell graphics cards in which we break this topic down in much greater detail.
Or, read our article about the 4 best places to sell computers.
Step 3: List GPUs accurately with hardware specs, condition, and pictures
Generally speaking, this will be relatively similar regardless of which selling platform you choose or if you sell to an ITAD company like Exit.
Here are the best practices and factors we consider when we give our customers quotes on their equipment. This information is also perfect for using in your listing on whatever selling platform you may decide to use:
- Your Contact Information (encrypted if appropriate)
- Any Pictures You Have of the Parts
- Equipment Condition– New in the box, refurbished, used
- Part Numbers
- Brand– EVGA, Nvidia, AMD, MSI
- Total Quantity of GPUs
Make sure you keep in mind that when you are selling your cards you don’t skimp on shipping materials.
If you don’t do a good enough job protecting your equipment it will be worthless for the end-user and for you, and cause everyone a major headache. More on shipping in a moment!
Step 4: Carefully package and ship graphics hardware
Regardless of whether you’re selling to an ITAD vendor like Exit or selling through Amazon or Reddit, as long as you’re shipping your GPUs you need to make sure they are shipped securely so that they arrive intact and just as functional as when you sent them.
If you don’t package and ship in a way that protects your graphics card, it could end up being an expensive paperweight.
It looks bad for you and can affect your selling profile (and if you get your money) if your equipment is damaged en route, and it is also bad news for your buyer, not to mention a hassle on both sides.
Due to a lot of GPUs and other equipment reaching us in a damaged state, we put together a video with instructions on how to make sure your GPU arrives at its destination just as functional as when it left by packing your GPU correctly.
Bottom line is this: package your used graphics card well!
Step 5: Get paid and enjoy your new money
This last step is the best step… collect your money from your graphics card sale!
Whether you’re going to buy a new graphics card or use the money for something else entirely, this is the end of the road and you can sit back and relax!
Selling old computer parts like graphics cards can take some effort, but this should help give you some direction on the overall process of offloading your parts.
If you want help selling your used graphics cards or any other used IT like hard drives, computers, servers, or RAM, just contact us for a quote!
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