Used servers can yield individuals and companies substantial returns on investment when resold on the market, instead of simply discarded. While these servers may no longer be of use to you or your company—maybe your company’s operations require a different server make and model, or perhaps you’ve expended your server’s lifecycle (server lifecycles are typically just 3-5 years now)—they certainly can be of use to others. In fact, the demand for used computers and their IT assets is currently surpassing the number of used computers and assets on the market. However, different servers will yield sellers different opportunities for profit.
To determine if your used server will be of value to someone else, arrange for an IT asset evaluation. An IT asset management company like Exit Technologies will conduct a thorough assessment of your used server or servers to determine how they could best earn you money back, and how much you can expect to earn. You can call Exit Technologies to speak to an asset disposition specialist, or contact us for a free server valuation analysis. Because we’re a third-party partner in this selling process (although we can buy back old servers directly), we’re invested in helping you get competitive prices for your servers, and can deliver specific market quotes within 1-2 days of an asset audit.
What specifically determines the value of a used server? A server’s model number, age, service tag, condition of individual parts and configurations will all influence its market value, as well as how companies can go about earning a return on investment. In general, there are three ways used servers can earn sellers money: servers can be recycled, deconstructed and sold as individual components, or sold as complete units. The age and overall condition of your server will largely determine whether or not the server can be resold, or will need to be scrapped and recycled. Even if scrapped, you’ll still earn money for its recycled metal. If your server is older than 5 years, know that there’s a good chance you’ll be earning money through scrapping, rather than reselling.
For servers that are middle-of-the-road in terms of age or condition, you’ll likely earn cash back through the sale of your server’s components. As part of our valuation process, once your old server is disassembled, we’ll be able to provide a quote for each server component. We’ll also test to make sure that each component works, and if it doesn’t, that it will be sent to engineering for repair. Any other part of the server than can’t be sold as a component will be recycled. If your server is a new model, or what we like to call a first generation, we’ll also repair or replace any non-working components to ensure a competitive price point.
Another way to tell if your server will earn you money is the popularity of its make and model. If your server was purchased from a lesser-known manufacturer, you may have a more challenging time attracting buyers; although, when a buyer is identified, they’ll likely be willing to pay a good price. At Exit Technologies, we accept various models of servers manufactured from Dell, HP, and IBM. These server makes are typically in both high supply and demand; if you’re in possession of something like a Dell PowerEdge or an HP ProLiant, know that there will likely be an active market for your old server.
For more information on the steps for selling a used server, contact us at Exit Technologies today!