Editor’s note: last updated 10/6/2019
RAM memory and other computer parts can be difficult to sell. To make the process easier for you, today we’ll talk about all of the different places where you can sell ram memory to, either in bulk or in smaller quantities. As with most resale ventures, condition, age, and quantity will greatly affect which option is best for you.
Where to Sell Memory RAM: the list
Shipping costs and online fees can be daunting, to say nothing for the risk of online scams. Many places, and especially larger cities, will have offhand electronics or computer stores willing to purchase your ram memory from you. These stores have to make a profit even after covering storefront overhead, so prices aren’t always the best, but you have the benefit of being paid immediately and no real risk. Before going in, you may find it worthwhile to check online used prices to ballpark how much you could miss out if you sold online. While you may not always be able to move quantity this way, secondhand stores represent a valid option either way.
Reddit Hardware Swap
While perhaps not the first option that comes to mind for electronics recommerce, Reddit’s hardware swap “subreddit” is a well-liked option among consumer electronics enthusiasts. Inside the online forum, users can trade or sell their IT hardware by creating posts for other users to see. While reddit as a whole isn’t terribly secure, subreddits are managed by their own rules, and hardware swap has a reasonable history of reliability for many traders.
The reason is that moderators will eliminate scammers, and brand new accounts are not allowed to trade (younger than 50 days). That being said, if you can prove a transaction history from other sites, you will be allowed to trade. In any case, you’ll need to provide a picture with the hardware listed, your username on paper, and a timestamp. This adds an additional layer of security by proving that you actually own what you say you do.
For those who have more experience and savvy trading online and want to avoid seller fees from other platforms, hardwareswap may ideally be Where to sell ram memory in consumer quantities, especially higher end pieces that businesses won’t pay retail for.
When selling electronics online, eBay is a natural choice for many. However, bulk IT traders saturate the electronics – and especially component – market with wholesale quantities pushed on the retail platform. For more common types of RAM memory, this can push margins down; what’s left is further whittled away by seller fees.
Further, eBay support heavily favors buyers, so something to keep in mind is that any transactional issues as a seller are less likely to go your way.
IT Asset Disposition Vendors
There are very few places where you can sell RAM memory in bulk. The category of companies that specifically deals in bulk with used IT assets are known as IT asset disposition companies, or ITAD for short.
Since they are wholesalers with stocking fees and other equipment processing overhead, ITAD companies will rarely prepay on equipment. Additionally, the larger ITAD companies typically may less but process (and pay for ) the equipment more quickly. That being said, memory is processed more quickly than things like servers or storage arrays, so you can expect payment in under 14 days for many cases. If you agree to sell RAM memory on consignment, you may be able to gain a larger payout as well.
Avoid companies that specifically buy and sell used equipment, not the ITAD companies that specialize in recycling, as these companies are unlikely to have extensive secondary network contacts to bring you better returns on your memory.
One more thing to consider when evaluating ITAD companies is tenure. The electronics recommerce business is especially difficult to survive in for any companies that do not operate in good faith; if a company has been in the business for a long time it’s much more likely that they are reputable.
If you’re not necessarily just looking where to sell memory RAM for cash reimbursement, many companies offer you the option to trade in electronics towards a purchase. While reimbursement is generally lower from these options than you might expect when selling direct to consumers, they are convenient options to consider. That being said, some companies do offer cash reimbursement. Below are two of the better options we’ve tried.
2 day payout. Amazon has a pretty great trade in program that makes it really easy to get an offer on your product. You find your product in the drop down menus, and then select it to get an offer. Your reimbursement can only be used on Amazon.
One week turnaroundGazelle has a similar trade in feature to Amazon: the process is just as simple, though payouts are usually better, and you can also find a kiosk location to facilitate the trade-in process.