A Step by Step Guide on How to Sell Used Servers

A Step by Step Guide on How to Sell Used Servers


Looking for a solution to dispose of your retired and used servers that is painless for both you and the environment? Has your organization recently updated the data center or IT infrastructure and need to get rid of used IT equipment? We Buy Used IT Equipment is your best choice to sell used servers and networking equipment. It’s in our name. We’ll pay you a fair market value to take it off your hands and dispose of it, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. In the case that your used equipment can’t be refurbished, we’ll handle the recycling on your servers in an environmentally friendly manner. By partnering with We Buy Used IT Equipment, you get paid for your used IT assets, ensuring that it is properly handled, and your data protected. 

We Make It Easy to Sell Used Servers & IT Equipment

When you decide to sell used servers and IT equipment not only will you make money, but you will also be helping your business stay socially responsible. We’ll either revamp your used servers and IT equipment or make sure everything is properly recycled. Regardless of the outcome, you walk away with some cash in your hand, your data secure, and the reassurance that your retired equipment was handled properly. Our simple six-step process to buying used servers will make everything as simple as possible.

Here's how it works:

    1. Submit your list of equipment you wish to sell: Send us a list of the servers or IT equipment you want to sell via the contact form on our site, or by emailing us at Sales@WeBuyUsedITEquipment.net. Be as specific as possible by providing information such as: quantities (the more the better), which brand/model numbers, capacity of drives, types of processors, and how much memory on each server.
    2. Receive an Offer: Once our team of IT equipment specialists reviews your list of equipment, we will reach out to you with an offer. We may ask questions like, will your company be responsible for data destruction, or will you need us need to provide these services? 
    3. Get the specifics on shipping. We Buy Used IT Equipment organizes and pays for the shipping. That’s right! We handle all of the logistics! If there is enough value in the equipment, we can get it done.
    4. Equipment Inspection and Audit: Once your used servers and equipment is received in our 24-hour secured facility, we perform a thorough inspection and audit. All drives are tested and formatted. 
    5. Data Destruction: If any data destruction, shredding, or magnetic degaussing is needed, we can take care of it. We can also provide you with a certificate of data destruction upon completion.
    6. Get Paid: This is the best part! We will either write you a check for your used servers, or if you choose, we will apply your used equipment as a credit towards upgrades and newer equipment purchases. 

Check out this short video to learn more about how our ITAD process works

We Buy Used IT Equipment buys all makes and models of used IT equipment, including, but not limited to:

Rackmount and Standalone Used Servers:

  • HP Proliant: DL320, DL360, DL380, DL385, DL580, DL585
  • Dell PowerEdge: R610, R710, R620, R720, R630, R730, R640, R740
  • IBM / Lenovo xSeries: x3250, x3550, x3650, X3850
  • Sun Oracle: T4, T5, T6, T7, T8, X4, X5, X6, X7, X8
  • Supermicro Servers


Used Blade Servers:

  • HP C7000 – BL Blade Servers BL460c, BL480c, BL660c
  • IBM® BladeCenter – HS22, HS23
  • Sun Blade 6000 – X6220, X6250, X6420, X6440
  • Dell PowerEdge M1000e, M620, M630, M640, M720, M730, M740
  • Cisco UCS 5108 – B Series Blades B200 M3, B200 M4, B200 M5

How To Sell Used CPU’s


When your IT department decides it’s time to upgrade the infrastructure, you may want to consider selling the system’s CPUs. The CPUS or Central Processing Units, are one of the most valuable parts of a server or computer. 

We’ve put together a list of questions to ask in order to help you sell your CPUs. What makes the most sense for you or your business is going to depend on a number of different aspects. 

If you already know what you want to sell, whether it be your CPU’s, servers, hard drives, memory, data tape or other IT equipment; click here to submit your list.

Otherwise, let’s get to it!

Why Sell Your Used CPUs?

Here are some reasons that you might want to sell used CPUs:

  • The current jobs running for your computers or servers are slowly funneled with CPUs running at max 
  • Increased virtualization could yield considerable benefits 
  • Older CPUs don’t support virtualization as well
  • Increase power efficiency on a per unit basis
  • You could consolidate older servers into newer ones, expanding precious real estate
  • You have retired equipment with CPUs no longer in use

Be sure to research what an upgrade in processing power will do for your equipment. Upgrading CPUs may not always have a measurable impact on efficiency.

Learn More About How Selling Old IT Equipment Can Increase Your Buying Power

Who Buys Used CPUs?

Realistically, there are a limited number of options when it comes to selling used CPUs. Your organizations specific situation will most likely be the deciding factor as to where you should sell them. The main deciding factors for where you will sell them are:

  • Do they still work?
  • What is the age of your CPUs?
  • What is the quantity you want to sell?

Understandably, CPUs are most valuable when they are newer with little to no prior use. You may also want to consider their resale value, especially if you’re planning on replacing them with upgrade processors.

Smaller quantities or individual CPUs will more often than not get more value on sites like eBay, Craigslist, or even a hardware swap. ITAD vendors (like We Buy Used IT Equipment) generally deal in larger quantities and bulk sales of CPUs.

Learn more about IT Asset Disposition

How Can I Sell Large Quantities of CPUs?

If you have a large quantity of newer CPUs, then you can contact an ITAD company (such as We Buy Used IT Equipment) that will purchase your processors from you. 

Normally, the more processors you have the better for selling to an ITAD company. When selling CPUs or processors that are 4 or 5 generations prior, the ITAD company may want more information on them such as the number of processors, their model, and their condition. At that point, their resale value is very limited due to the vast differences between their capabilities and the current versions.

Below is some information to send the ITAD company when looking to sell CPUs:

  • Model number
  • Quantity
  • Condition (new, original packaging, used, functional, broken, etc.)

If you’re ready to sell your used CPUs, submit your list of equipment for a FREE, no obligation quote.

How To Sell Your Used I.T. Equipment


Knowing the right steps to take when looking to sell IT equipment is an essential part of ensuring you get the most return on your IT investment.

First things first, the more used equipment you have to sell, the more you will most likely get in return. When selling used IT equipment, BULK IS KING!

These are the 5 steps to successfully sell your used IT equipment.

  1. Make a spreadsheet of the used IT equipment you want to sell

Spreadsheets are helpful when selling bulk IT equipment. We have included some common categories to include for all of your parts as well as the types of equipment that is usually sold.

Common information to include in your spreadsheet:

  • Always include your contact info
  • Age of equipment
  • Condition the equipment is currently in
  • Packaging (if you have original packaging)
  • Model(s)
  • Size (when applicable)
  • Quantities
  • Brand
  • Model or Serial numbers
  • Type (when applicable)


Types of equipment we frequently purchase and what to include when trying to sell them.

 Sell Used Servers:

  • System Model #s
  • Hard Drive or SSD part numbers and quantities
  • CPU part numbers or model numbers
  • RAM part numbers
  • Purchase Dates


Sell Used Storage:

  • Systems
  • System Model #
  • Disk Array Enclosure Model #
  • Setup: Unified or Block?
  • Drives
  • Physical Disk Inventory Report
  • OR List of Hard Drives by Part #


Sell Used Networking Gear:

  • System Model #s
  • Condition
  • Purchase Dates
  • Pictures if available


Sell Used Hard Drives:

  • Hard Drive Model Numbers
  • HD Densities
  • Connectors
  • Spindle Speeds
  • Condition


Sell Used CPUs:

  • Processor Model Number(s)
  • Quantity
  • Condition


Sell Used Memory:

  • OEM Part Number
  • Mfg Part Number
  • Quantity
  • Condition


  1. Take Pictures of the IT equipment you want to sell

This will help show the purchaser what condition the equipment is in. Also, pictures of the product numbers can help verify exactly what the equipment is, ensuring a more accurate valuation and quote.

Your pictures don’t need to be Wired Magazine quality, as long as it is clear enough to read.

Here is great example:

3. Choose an ITAD Vendor

When looking into an ITAD partner to work with, we urge you to consider the following:

  • How much do they charge?
  • What are their data erasure policies and procedures?
  • Do they have references readily available?

You should trust that the ITAD company you choose has your best interests in mind, as they should be helping you to get the most value out of your equipment so they can as well.

Learn more about choosing the ITAD partner that’s right for you

4. Ship your Used IT Equipment

It is always best to use the original packaging when you can. Shipping is an important part of the process, and shipping costs should always be discussed early on. If possible, look for an ITAD vendor that covers the cost of shipping or provides on-site services.

5. Get paid for your used IT equipment!

By this point you should be well on your way to getting paid for your old IT equipment. The ITAD vendor you work with, should have given you an accurate value on your equipment. But you’re probably wondering how long it will take until you get paid. That depends on the ITAD vendor you chose as they all have different payment policies. Some even offer a credit towards upgrading your old equipment, if that’s what your looking to do.

If you want help to sell IT equipment, start by submitting your list of equipment here!