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!

How Selling Old IT Equipment Can Increase Your Buying Power


Once your used IT equipment is ready to be retired, you can start turning it into a brand-new investment to help expand your business. It’s easy to think of the many benefits of buying the latest equipment to grow your IT infrastructure. However, we encourage you to take a minute to think about the countless benefits your company will experience by selling your retired IT assets.

Used IT equipment is almost always valuable to another enterprise looking to grow, and we’ve found that even gear that’s operated in the field for a long time can be refurbished and made beneficial to someone else. Partnering with the right IT asset management firm can make all the difference in getting a high price for your used equipment and even acquiring new equipment you may need.

Working with the right partner can help an organization avoid a long sales process, tough negotiations, and a low price. Just because you’re ready to get rid of old assets that are taking up precious real estate, doesn’t mean you should settle for less.

Take a moment to look at your inventory and figure out a way to sell used IT equipment in a way that’s best for your company. This report will help you with some of that process.

Benefits of Selling Used IT Equipment

When your company decides it time to sell your used IT equipment, don’t just consider the money you’ll get from the sale. Sure, the return on investment is an upside, but there are many other benefits as well. We will go through a few more ways to maximize value that you might not necessarily think of right away.

A few potential areas you can save money by selling used IT equipment includes reductions in maintenance and repair costs, which is common with older equipment. Ultimately, there may also be a reduction in the purchasing of replacement parts. Savings also range from warehousing the equipment and its potential replacements, as well as spare parts and specialty tools that might’ve been needed in the past.

Selling used IT equipment gives organizations an opportunity to improve their IT capabilities simultaneously cutting costs for legacy and end-of-life gear.

Often, companies retire their IT equipment because they’ve outgrown it or switched to services that no longer require it. Most equipment that gets disposed of still has a lot of useful life, not because there’s something wrong with it. So, by trading or selling used equipment, you are actually supporting another company to grow at an affordable rate with quality equipment.

By selling used equipment — as opposed to throwing it away — a company can highlight its green initiatives and ensure that no equipment ends up in a landfill contributing to the world’s e-waste problems.

There are also ways to limit the number of suppliers you need to work with. This can help a business save both time and money by reducing their team to only trusted and verified partners. When you can find a trustworthy partner to sell your IT equipment to, and buy from the same partner, it creates a one-stop IT shop. Another bonus to selling and buying from the same IT asset partner is that they most likely have an existing network to find other legacy equipment you may need.

We highly recommend finding a partner with experience in used IT equipment because it can make the process easier with a higher rate of return.

Exclusive Benefits of Working With DTC

As a used IT equipment purchaser and IT asset provider, we give businesses considerable access to a full range of equipment and services.

Whether your organization is completing an infrastructure overhaul, or just updating your current set up, we’ve got a wide range of equipment and expertise to help you along the way.

With more than 50 years in the IT equipment industry, we have a thorough knowledge of the procurement process and can work with your team to assist with any data destruction services they may need. We are a family owned company and treat our customers like family.

Data security and customer service have been our top priorities since we opened our doors. Our diverse knowledge-base and experiences, allow our clients to utilize our purchasing and sales personnel as a valued resource for questions, research, and answers.

Another reason companies really like working with us is that our vast database and the contact list of customers, resellers, recyclers, suppliers, and industry partners allows us to find the best price when sourcing your IT equipment.

Our spotless reputation ensures your transactions are handled efficiently, ethically, and securely.  With all of the transactions we’ve processed, we have never had one security breach or data loss.

Things to Look for in an IT Asset Partner

When thinking about how to sell used IT equipment, it’s always best to create a profile of the companies you want to partner with. Building a blueprint allows you to know what questions to ask, identify gaps, compare costs and ensure that they can meet your specific needs.

To help in creating your list, here are some of the considerations we suggest for people who are thinking about selling use IT equipment:

  • What type of excess or used equipment do they purchase?
  • What is their payment process and how long does it take?
  • What types of services do they offer?
  • How long have they been in business and do they have referrals readily available?
  • Do they have flexible payment and other agreement options, including account credit that can be applied to other equipment?
  • What is their warranty and return policy?
  • Who handles the shipping and logistics?

These are just a few of the main things we think you should consider for any IT equipment sales partner.

Environmental Benefits of Selling Used IT Equipment

It is a known fact that up to 85% of retired e-waste that gets thrown away ends up in landfills or fiery incinerators, exposing the environment to toxic elements. IT equipment only makes up a tiny fraction of the total e-waste thrown away each year, but accounts for 70% of toxic waste that’s released in the environment.

Only 15% of e-waste was properly reclaimed, meaning companies and governments were able to recover $7.4 billion in 2014. The 85% of e-waste not properly reclaimed or recycled represents a loss of $40.6 billion in assets! That’s a huge economic impact!

Recycling is good for the environment. According to an EPA report, recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent of the power 3,500 U.S. homes will use in an entire year. Electronics, especially IT equipment, are full of valuable copper, silver, gold,  and palladium. They’re also full of silicon and a variety of heavy metals and chemicals that will leach into groundwater and soil, polluting and poisoning the environment. You can help avoid some of this harm by working with a used IT equipment buyer to limit hazardous materials from entering landfills and dumps.

How to Sell Used IT Equipment

There are many different channels you can use to sell your used IT equipment. Different vendors, personal sale service and recycling options will yield different challenges and returns on your initial investment, so it’s best to consider each option carefully.

DTC has IT equipment experts that are available to work with you to develop a plan to maximize the profitability of your used IT equipment, whether you’re looking to sell it for cash or trade it for the equipment you need to grow your infrastructure.

We provide a reliable way for you to sell excess equipment, remove outdated equipment, or implement the latest tech your customers demand. We handle all the shipping and logistics so your company can save money and difficulties along the way, focusing instead on how to grow your business that matters most to your customers. Never worry about how to sell used IT equipment again.

Why ITAD is the Secret to Staying Ahead of Emerging Technologies

Why ITAD is the Secret to Staying Ahead of Emerging Technologies

The IT world is changing and progressing every day with new products and opportunities demanding new technologies and strategies. 

With rapid evolution comes general excitement over new and valuable opportunities for businesses to reorganize, expand and improve.

Nevertheless, changes in technologies also provides businesses much to think about as the learning curve becomes sharper and the rate of shifting operations becomes tougher to keep up with.

As companies continue to make headway into the future defined by 5G and AI, there are a few top factors taking priority that should be managed carefully as they execute and plan accordingly.

Business Continuity

It seems as fast as new IT strategies and processes are presented across organizations, the old stagnant are being retired and disposed.

For instance, January 2020, will mark the end of Windows 7. With 79 percent of organizations still having at least one Windows 7 system on their network, many enterprises are facing a sudden need to revisit and revitalize their business frameworks.

No more updates or support will be offered by Microsoft for this software. This means that operations may be disrupted, and value may be lost for some businesses. Even more so, incidents like these are likely to become more common as the pace of digital revolution accelerates.


Security is the most vital element of any industry in our digitally led world. As more technologies and operational agendas arise, cybersecurity threats and weaknesses tend to multiply. As new applications cause more IT asset turnover, more equipment comes to the end-of-life stage and must be retired.

More importantly, the data that still exists in these remaining assets must not be overlooked. Ignoring the residing data can lead to exposure, breaches and ensuing financial and reputational risks.

As businesses seek to guarantee end-to-end security measures and eliminate barriers to valuable digitization, they must adjust their traditional security structures and take into account more thorough methods.

E-waste is consequently growing as a global concern as we head into the future of universal technological innovation. The more devices and equipment that are created, the more that are being retired and improperly disposed of.

In 2018, it was anticipated that around 49.8 million tons of electronic waste would be produced on a global scale. Additionally, it’s been reported that in the past, only 20 percent of e-waste was recycled through appropriate channels.

This challenge poses risks not only for businesses coping with stricter state, local and federal regulations, but for ecosystems that may be affected by the toxic chemicals and metals in these objects. Therefore, remaining ethical and compliant as IT turnover quickens is in everyone’s best interest.