How To Sell Your Used I.T. Equipment

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. 

Guide to Sustainability in 2020

guide to sustainability in 2020

Corporate social responsibility and increasing overall sustainability continues to be a rising concern for many businesses. Yet there remains to be a vast amount of organizations that are oblivious to the impact of technology on the environment. We’ve compiled some statistics to aid your organization’s IT department in becoming more sustainable in 2020 and years to come.

Reduce the Amount of Emails You Send

A recent report by OVOenergy found that over 64 million unwarranted emails are sent per day, in the UK alone. So, why does that matter? Well if every adult in the UK alone sent just one less email daily, it would save more than 36 million pounds of carbon a year.

This is just a tiny percentage of the data that is sent out every day. Now think about the data centers and the amount of electricity required to run those cloud services. Forbes reported in 2017 that U.S. data centers used more than 90 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, needing roughly 34 giant (500-megawatt) coal-powered plants in order to operate around the clock. This amount is expected to double every four years.

Recycle the E-waste

In 2017, United Nations University’s Global E-waste Monitor report discovered that worldwide we created 49.2 million tons of e-waste. The same report also found that e-waste had doubled in nine years since 2008. They project that by 2021, the annual total of e-waste will exceed 57 million tons, with only 20% being properly recycled.

Another way your IT department can ensure your company is maintaining sustainability is by partnering with a certified ITAD service provider. Working with a certified ITAD partner will ensure your retired IT assets are recycled safely and properly. That means your business’s e-waste will not end up in a landfill long after it’s useful life. Heck, they might even be able to get you a return on your initial IT investment, lining your pockets with green in 2020!

The Self Destruction of HPE SSDs

hpe ssd

Warning: Owners of HPE Solid State Drives Need This Updated Immediately

ATTENTION! Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) recently announced a critical customer support bulletin regarding the expected failure of a wide range of the enterprise-class solid state drives currently being used in some of its products.

In the recently released report, HPE reveals the discovery of a firmware bug that will inevitably cause drive failures. If the drives in question have been in use for 32,768 hours or (3 years, 270 days 8 hours), they will fail 100% of the time.

The report titled, “HPE SAS Solid State Drives – Critical Firmware Upgrade Required for Certain HPE SAS Solid State Drive Models to Prevent Drive Failure at 32,768 Hours of Operation” states that the issue originates from the power-on counter firmware.

The firmware in question is used in solid state drives featured in HPE Synergy, Apollo, and ProLiant servers, Store Virtual 4335 and Store Virtual 3200 products. HPE provides a wide-ranging list of devices affected in the report.

According to the customer support bulletin, “Neglecting to update to SSD Firmware Version HPD8 will result in drive failure and data loss at 32,768 hours of operation and require restoration of data from backup in non-fault tolerance, such as RAID 0 and in fault tolerance RAID mode if more drives fail than what is supported by the fault tolerance RAID mode logical drive.” 

This directly translates to the importance of data backup. Once the SSD drive fails, it will no longer be functioning for data storage. Restoring data will involve individual backups or a still functioning drive that’s part of the RAID.

The imminent failure is the result of a software issue. The power-on counter in the affected drives uses a 16-bit Two’s Complement. Once the counter exceeds the maximum value, it’s a hard fail.

This failure can be disastrous because the affected enterprise-class drives may have been installed as part of a multiple-drive RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks). The potential for all the drives to fail simultaneously (assuming they were all installed and activated together) is highly likely. It would be a catastrophic domino effect of data loss.