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Is selling a CPU 2nd hand feasible?

Discussion in 'CPUs' started by Vadersoul, 13 Oct 2020.

  1. Vadersoul


    Joined: 27 Nov 2011

    Posts: 89

    The new AMD release is exciting, especially as it won’t require a mobo upgrade to invest in Zen 3.

    I have a 1 year old Ryzen 7 3700x and if I did upgrade, I have no concept about how to sell the cpu, if I could.

    The market for 2nd hand CPUs on eBay seems to be from professional computer stores who can repackage the cpu and make it look almost refurbished in quality.

    For me, what, some foam packing and a Jiffy bag? If I were a consumer buying a 2nd hand CPU, I wouldn’t accept that level of service but unless I am missing something, there isn’t anything else I could think to do.

    Am I concerning myself with a standard that doesn’t really concern other buyers? Is there a more feasible way to sell on my CPU rather than a direct eBay/gumtree listing?

    Is there anyone here with experience selling/buying CPUs or parts that could give me some guidance on this please?
  2. Slinky69


    Joined: 19 Aug 2016

    Posts: 477

    Location: Bristol

    eBay isn't what it used to be - The world's largest car boot sale.

    But personally, I would still buy a CPU from a private seller, and as long as it arrived well-packaged and protected, I don't see the issue.

    Just be fully honest in your listing details.
  3. koooowweeee


    Joined: 13 Jan 2010

    Posts: 6,145

    Location: Manchester

    Just give the CPU to me. All your problems will be gone.
  4. Zeeflyboy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 21 Jan 2016

    Posts: 1,657

    Ideally one would have kept the box.

    your main problem is that CPUs need to be packaged in a way that protects the pins from being bent.

    I don’t know that I’m allowed to direct link, but were you to search that place for AM4 CPU holder you will find the little clear plastic container being sold for 2.99 including postage.
    Last edited: 13 Oct 2020
  5. bimbleuk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Sep 2009

    Posts: 1,945

    Location: Gloucestershire

    I've sold many CPUs on Ebay with no issue. If I bought it full retail then yes I keep the box and that helps a lot.

    However I've also pulled lots of CPUs from old system units and sold them separately as they are small and easy to post. So several i5 3570K & non-K for ~£30-35 each. Last one was an i7 3770K but it did come packaged in a motherboard and still had an AIO attached :)

    Good description with decent photos is all you really need. Yes ideally a plastic blister pack that protects the CPU pins i.e. AMD. Alternatively black anti-static foam with a depression cut out. Then wrap in a static bag. Small box is preferable to using padded envelopes. Try Parcel Monkey for good discounts on RM postage.

    Maybe buy one of the many AMD CPUs coolers being sold without the CPU and make sure they will supply the box & CPU blister pack. Simple explanation in your advert that you bought the retail box simply to protect the CPU in transit as you threw yours out is a fine by me as a buyer. Make it clear the serial numbers won't match in the slight chance an unscrupulous buyer might try it on when they spot that and it wasn't stated.

    Clear honest well documented adverts are key to hassle free auctions.
    Last edited: 14 Oct 2020
  6. clv101


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 10,566

    Location: Bristol

    I've been watching eBay CPU sales, and they always seem to go for crazy money. Often within £20-30 (looking at Ryzen 3000 series), of the cheapest brand new prices from big retailers.

    For me to buy used, needs to be ~half the price to take account of the chance of DOA, hassle of returns/refund, lack of or shorter warranty... all that is worth more than £20-30 to me.
  7. Jimmy Weirdarms


    Joined: 14 Aug 2017

    Posts: 908

    I've bought and sold CPUs on the bay a bunch of times. Often it's the only place to get an upgrade for an old system.

    For packaging, make sure you have an anti-static bag at the very least, then some padding around it, in some sort of small box. Should be fine.

    Or as someone else says, you can always buy retail packaging first, but that cuts into your resale value, and Paypal/fleabay already take enough of a bite IMHO.
  8. Mr Oblong

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 13 Oct 2008

    Posts: 1,132

    This is a fair shout. Might
    This is a fair shout. I bet you'd make it back in added sale price and you're less likely to have bother with returns. Just my view.
  9. Psycho Sonny


    Joined: 21 Jun 2006

    Posts: 34,777

    buy new cpu

    put old cpu inside new cpu packaging

    post cpu to buyer

    it's not rocket science
  10. beany_bot


    Joined: 19 Nov 2015

    Posts: 4,737

    Location: Glasgow Area

    I would only buy 2nd hand from MM here or in person, be that gumtree or FB marketplace. But where I can see the CPU/GPU/Monitor working in person before handing over the cash. I wouldn't personally buy tech on eBay.
  11. alex h


    Joined: 13 Jun 2009

    Posts: 4,791

    I wouldn't even sell on eBay to risky and eBay always sides with buyer
  12. beany_bot


    Joined: 19 Nov 2015

    Posts: 4,737

    Location: Glasgow Area

    yes, I basically wont use eBay at all, unless buying some cheap tat from CHYNA.
  13. zoffster1


    Joined: 9 Mar 2017

    Posts: 164

    Location: London

    I always eBay my second hand parts and knowing that I keep the original packaging so I can just clean it off and send it in mint condition. Never had an issue just make sure you have plenty of photographs of the item, the packaging, serial numbers and always send insured and tracked.
  14. DeathStorm

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,193

    Location: Eltham

    What did it used to be then?
  15. benjii


    Joined: 26 Apr 2013

    Posts: 3,972

    Location: Plymouth

    Have you ever had people say an item doesn't work?
  16. Gray2233


    Joined: 25 Oct 2010

    Posts: 3,585

    If you can get your post count over 1000 on this forum you get access to the Members Market, I've sold a couple of items on here and I'd highly recommend it.

    One of the safer ways to sell and buy tech second hand.
  17. Guest2


    Joined: 6 May 2009

    Posts: 16,194

    Biught and sold quite a few computer parts on ebay off orivate buyers. No problems
    As said, take good pics, pack well and you’ll be fine
  18. Slinky69


    Joined: 19 Aug 2016

    Posts: 477

    Location: Bristol

    Sellers were pretty much all private individuals rather than businesses.
  19. Kelt


    Joined: 14 Nov 2007

    Posts: 11,624

    Location: With the færies wearing black cherries for rings

    Bought my last two CPUs from the MM, both great chips.
  20. Vadersoul


    Joined: 27 Nov 2011

    Posts: 89

    Thanks for all the advice

    I like the idea of using the new cpu box to send to the buyer, and I don’t have a post count to use the MM, I only get involved on the forum, selfishly so, when I have the need to update my machines.

    I am also toying with using this as an opportunity to hand-me-down some PCs in our house. Give my current rig to my partner, and her rig can go to my lad since his current one is on its last legs. Since my partners rig is my old rig from 2 years ago, he will end up getting something far better.

    Since AMD seem to be teeing up as an intel killer release for the CPU and hinting at just the same on the GPU basis, could be a cheeky excuse for a new build