We know that IT assets can retain value even after their use to companies diminishes, but not every used IT asset will yield resellers the same profits. In fact, resell price points depend on a variety of factors, including the make, model, condition, and even the type of IT asset a reseller intends to sell. Which used IT assets will afford you or your company top dollar?
Selling Used Servers
Servers are one of the most popular IT assets on the resell market today because of their shortened lifecycles. Whereas servers once had lifecycles that spanned from five to seven years, they now typically last for only about 3. These shorter lifecycles, in combination with the fact that companies have become interested in updating technology more frequently, have made used servers a popular asset for both resellers and buyers. However, some servers will accrue better returns on investment than others. IBM servers in the xSeries, for example, yield particularly high market values; profitable xSeries models include the HS12, HS21, HS21XM, HS22V, HX5, LS22, LS42, and QS22. The SUN server models, which include the SUN Oracle SPARC servers, SUN Oracle SPARC Enterprise servers, SUN Oracle Ultra servers and SUN Oracle Fire servers, are also popular used servers because of their widespread production, ability to afford more power in less space, and industry-leading technology, which includes built-in virtualization. Ex-It Technologies also accepts HP ProLiant servers and Dell PowerEdge servers, both of which will demand high resale values when sold as current or last generation models; anything older may hinder your ROI.
Profitable Used Hard Drives and SSDs
Though selling a corporate hard drive may seem risky given the sensitive data it once contained, hard drives can be wiped of all data, and in turn, made highly suitable for reselling. In fact, at Ex-It Technologies we’ve been R2 certified to safely and effectively remove all data from hard drives and SSDs, even from those with complex RAID storage.
If you’re in possession of an HP, IBM, or Oracle hard drive, know that these comprise our most highly-sought brands of hard drives. Top-selling HP hard drive models include the 3PAR StoreServ, MSA DL, ML, and BL models, while our top selling IBM hard drive models include the xSeries, Storwize, and System Z. Those with Oracle hard drives ready for resale can expect to receive ample cash back from NAS, ZFS, SAN, Pillar Axiom and Storage Tek models. Additionally, hard drives of any size, whether a 2.5″ laptop hard drive or 3.5″ desktop hard drive, will maintain significant market value.
Hard drive ROI will also depend on whether you’re selling an SAS or a SATA drive. SAS drives are the highest quality hard drives on the market and are typically used in servers, rather than computers; they also have high RPMs for faster speed. For this reason SAS hard drives, like the Dell PowerEdge 2950, offer resellers the most value. Conversely, the SATA drive is a more standard, less valuable, model of hard drive technology, though it does offer more storage space than the SAS drive. While a SATA drive won’t afford resellers as much cash back as an SAS drive, it does remain worth reselling.
Solid state drives are also popular reseller assets because of their shorter shelf lives, a result of their constant evolutions. SSD flash memory and controller technologies are always advancing, so for companies that want top performance from their SSDs it makes sense to resell these assets often.
Valuable Memory Modules
Memory modules also exist as valuable used IT assets, but there are a number of specific factors that can affect their resale value. These factors include module brand, of which the three major module brands Samsung, Hynix, and Micron afford the highest values. The intended purpose of a memory module also factors into its price, as those made specifically for servers will typically elicit more money. The size of a memory module matters, too; the more a module can store, the more buyers are willing to pay. An expansive 64 GB memory module will therefore offer substantial resale value, while a smaller module with a capacity of just 4GB will be more challenging (if not impossible, now) to sell.
Additionally, the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) label on a memory module can also impact its value; labels from HP, IBM, and Dell are particularly valuable to purchasers of used memory modules looking for products from manufacturers known to be reliable. If your memory module boasts a label from one of these OEMs, be sure to leave it untouched. Further, DDR3 ECC registered and DDR2 fully-buffered server memory modules will garner resellers top dollar, as will DDR2 and DDR3 2GB memory modules from laptops.
Cash for Central Processing Units
Seeking to score a truly large return on a used IT asset? Consider selling your central processing unit. CPUs typically earn resellers the most money out of any used IT asset because of their integral function as the computer’s powerhouse. A well-made central processing unit, even if retired from use or an older generation, can still yield buyers the speed and performance they’re looking for, and are therefore fast-selling items on the used IT asset market. At Ex-It Technologies, we’ll buy back the profitable Intel Xeon and AMD Opteron CPUs, as well as a variety of laptop and desktop processors. Core processors that earn resellers more money than most include the Intel Core i7, i5, i3, Xeon E7 and Xeon E5 models, while the i7-610 through i7-3840QM CPUs can afford resellers up to $150.00 in returns.
Do you have a used IT asset that could earn you cash? Find out by contacting Ex-It Technologies at 239-596-2254 today!