Where to Sell Computers
All IT resources should be seen as a corporate asset, even when they are planned to be replaced with something bigger, faster, and newer. Selling used computers can offer a valuable revenue source, as long as the company chooses the most effective method for completing the transaction.
Where a company chooses to sell used computers is just as important.
A few selling options can include:
- Local buyers - Depending on the region and willingness to possibly sell to competitors, companies can reach out to supply chain and purchasing vendors directly. And no third party means the possibility of more profit.
- Online auctions - Using eBay or something similar, companies can set their price, break auctions down individually by product or type, and watch as bidders drive profits. This can be risky depending on market demand.
- Utilize trusted technology liquidators - Exit Technologies is an example of one of these firms, as we specialize in the sale and re-purposing of a wide range of IT resources.
How to Sell Computers
In the modern data center, technology advances at breakneck speed. Because of such rapid advances, when and how to sell old computers, servers, CPUs becomes more and more complicated.
The good news is that for every data center that removes a server from active use to replace it with a newer model, there are hundreds of other businesses for whom that retired server might be a perfect fit.
In general here are some tips on how to sell your old computers:
- Selling in bulk is optimal
- Break retired hardware down to its base components to sell individually
- Use an e-waste recycler: recondition parts and extract the precious metals used (plus guarantee data destruction)
- Sell enterprise-grade switches, routers, firewalls, and management engines
How to Sell GPUs
To sell GPUs, first you must determine what your GPUs are currently worth. You can check sold listings on eBay to see what buyers are currently willing to pay. If you have a smaller quantity of cards, you can go to reddit.com/r/minerswap or reddit.com/r/hardware swap.
Be sure to thoroughly investigate users, and if you're selling using PayPal, always list the transaction as "goods and services," not friends and family. You can also sell through Amazon Trade-in or eBay, though returns are lower.
How can I protect my IT equipment in transit?
Standard packing materials simply will not protect your IT assets during the shipping process. A good rule of thumb is to leave no wiggle room for any parts whatsoever. CPU and RAM trays should be taped together, servers should be packed in form fitting polyurethane foam, and GPUs should have custom foam boxes. For more information consult our IT packing instructions page.
Where to Sell CPUs
Depending on your quantity, the condition of the CPUs, and the kind of processors you have, the ideal buyer will vary. For scrap processors that are old and damaged, a precious metals reclamation company or recycler is going to be your best bet.
For a bulk quantity of working processors that are 5 years or newer, an IT Asset Disposition Company will help you liquidate them wholesale. If you only have a few or less processors, eBay, reddit.com/r/hardwareswap, Amazon Trade-in, or local options will bring a higher return.
To learn more you can read our cpu selling guide. If you do have a few or more CPUs, you can fill out a quote right at the bottom of this page and we'll provide you a free valuation.
How to Sell CPUs
To sell your CPUs, look for an ITAD company if you have a bulk quantity (more than a few processors). Otherwise, you can use reddit.com/r/hardware swap, eBay, Amazon Trade-In, or sell locally using Facebook groups or Craigslist.
Make sure you've got good pictures and accurate part information before you list them online. For a more in-depth explanation, we wrote a guide on why and how to sell cpus.
What is DDR3 VS DDR4 RAM?
DDR3 is the past generation of RAM, with DDR4 being the most recent. DDR4 reaches faster clock speeds, is more expensive, operates at lower voltages, has higher latency, and 288 pins to the 240 pins of DDR4.
What speed of DDR4 should I buy?
For gamers, 3000 MHz is more than sufficient, with anything above that being almost surely overkill.
For servers, compatibility limits your options anyways, but speed's impact varies wildly depending on the use case. Consult your manufacturer or read through our guide on what speed of DDR4 to get.
What’s your [Exit Technologies] purchasing minimum for RAM?
About $1,000 worth, or about 50 pieces of 8GB DDR3, but you can combine it with hard drives, SSDs, or processors to hit the minimum.
How to sell your used RAM?
The best way to sell your used RAM will largely depend on what quantity you're trying to sell. For bulk quantities, an IT asset disposition company will be your best bet. Pricing will generally be similar, so look for one that makes the process easy.
If you have large quantities of RAM to sell contact us.
For consumer quantities, eBay and reddit.com/r/hardwareswap are good options. Check sold listings on eBay to get a good idea for what your memory is going for. Make sure you ship the memory in tightly sealed memory trays and pack the boxes snugly. We've written a handy best place to sell RAM guide to help with this.
What’s the difference between a “hard drive” and “SSD”?
Hard Disk Drives store data on solid platters that spin, SSDs are lighter with no moving parts and store data on chips. SSDs are also generally more reliable due to no moving parts, are significantly faster than HDDs, but have an increased purchase cost.
What’s the difference between “hard drives” and “storage”?
Storage is the type (tree), and hard drives are the kind (Maple). Storage can be solid state drives, flash drives, RAID arrays, etc, they are all considered 'storage' as they all serve the purpose of holding data. Hard drives, describe a certain type of storage, namely data residing on spinning palladium disks read by a mechanical arm. We have a more in depth article comparing HHDs, SSD, and storage systems for more information.
What’s the minimum quantity of hard drives you [Exit Technologies] buy?
About $1,000 worth, or about 100 500GB Laptop drives, but you can combine it with memory or processors to hit the minimum.
What kind of hard drives do you [Exit Technologies] buy?
Desktop 500GB+, Laptop 250GB+, Server 300GB+, SATA, SAS, PCI-E, NVMe, SSD, & HDD. If you're not sure if what you have is something we would buy, then just contact us on our chat below and we'd be glad to help. Here's a guide on the different storage types, should you need a refresher.
Why you should sell your old hard drives?
The best reason to sell your old hard drives is extra cash. Reducing failure risk of older drives and increasing performance with newer drives are a couple others. In our guide, how to sell your used hard drives, we cover this a little more in depth.
Where to sell your used hard drives?
Common places to sell your hard drives include eBay, direct to seller, Amazon (used), reddit.com/r/hardwareswap, or ITAD company like us, Exit Technologies. If you're here, you're already at the right place to make selling your equipment easy and maximizing your value.
How to sell your used hard drives?
To sell your used hard drives, you should ensure you fully delete your data, properly inventory and assess the condition of all your drives, find a buyer or seller platform, properly package up your hard drives, then complete your sale. We made a handy guide: how to sell your used hard drives with even more information. Or, the easiest option is just to fill out a quote form right here and we'll take care of everything.