How To Sell Scrap RAM – A Guide To Recycling Scrap Computer Memory

Scrap RAM, aka DIMMS or SIMMS, are a valuable form of Recyclable Computer Scrap. The value of scrap RAM comes from the small percentage of precious metal used to make it’s compacted components. Precious metals include palladium, gold, and silver.

(If the RAM is fully functioning, then it is worth much more as used, not scrap)

Also known as Scrap Memory, Scrap RAM has either Gold Fingers or Tin Fingers. (The grey-colored tin fingers are not made of silver; despite this, people still call them silver fingers.)

Never cut the gold fingers off of your scrap RAM. Unless you plan on refining the whole RAM stick yourself, you will be doing yourself a disservice. The value of the scrap computer memory gold will drop significantly once you remove the fingers, as potentials buyers can not easily identify what type of electronic scrap you are selling.

There are several online vendors, and possibly vendors in your area, that specialize in buying scrap memory. Larger precious metal smelters/refiners will show interest in buying your material if you happen to have a few dozen pounds.

If you have a smaller quantity of computer RAM scrap (between 0-30 lbs) then your best chanced for getting a fair market price will be selling on eBay.

Scrap RAM can be subdivided into three main types: Gold Fingered RAM, Tin/Silver Fingered RAM, and RAMBUS/Metal Covered RAM. When selling on eBay, you should weigh these three types of memory separately. (It’s ok to list them in the same auction, but it is crucial to separate and weigh each type of scrap memory separately.) Correctly sorting and weighing you scrap RAM is KEY in getting a great price on eBay. 

When listing your scrap ram, always include the total weight in pounds, along with the words “Scrap Memory RAM Gold PM Recovery” to insure it will show up on a number of auction searches. The weights of your individual lots should be measured to at least once decimal point.

These are three pictures of the different types of scrap. They are RAM with Gold Fingers, Silver/Tin Fingers, and Metal Cover (RAMBUS).

Guide To Scrap RAM, Scrap Memory, Scrap Computer Gold Recycling

 For more detailed guides, scrap metal business tips, and money-making recycling techniques check out the Scrapper’s Handbook. Make cash from Scrap!

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Haul it Louisville Guy October 12, 2011 at 2:00 am

Thanks. I have been trying to figure out what to do with the gold fingered RAM I have. I do not have much. Unfortunately I have not been taking advantage of this until no. It will be a while before I get to 30 lbs.


ScrapMetalJunkie October 12, 2011 at 2:20 am

You don’t ned to wait until you have 30 pounds, but like most things, higher volume means better pricing. Also, I’m glad to hear back from you!


Mealane8 May 22, 2013 at 12:20 am

If you cut the “fingers” off of the gold-plated ram sticks (or other circuit boards), you can make about $50 a pound on the fingers alone. (You could try selling them to online refiners such as [Precious Metals Reclaiming Service]), or you could sell them on an online auction site.
Thanks for your comment!


Mark Gabriel November 3, 2011 at 7:07 am

Just curious to know about how much value is it per ram or should I say per lbs on these rams? I believe I have 70lbs of rams along with some printed circuit boards I’m trying to sell for profit. Please give me an estimated profit return so that I might consider on selling it other than to smelt it.


Mealane8 May 22, 2013 at 12:07 am

Could you tell me what kind of printed circuit boards (please)?
Thanks for your time!
God bless!


Thanks December 31, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Just saw your post on reddit, good job! We have hundreds of boxes of old computer parts sitting in a warehouse – will pass on the good news.


Kerry February 25, 2012 at 3:39 am

It is good to have a better idea of what to do with the old RAM that is not useful any more. It would be nice to know what kind of market does exist for RAM that is still useful. I have devices that range from the earliest type of RAM to the more modern types.


Mealane8 May 22, 2013 at 12:24 am

You could try selling to (Precious Metals Reclaiming Services).
Or you could try a different refiner.
Or you could try online auction sites such as (just as one example).
Thanks for your comment!


Art Cassidy March 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Please can you tell us if the fingers are gold or gold plated, that is, the gold type.


ScrapMetalJunkie March 24, 2012 at 11:35 pm

They are just plated. If they were solid gold fingers then a broken computer would be worth ~$10k!


Mealane8 May 22, 2013 at 12:13 am

They’re gold plated. You can make somewhere (generally) between 30 and 100 dollars a pound for gold-plated pins. Let me put it this way–I recently sent a package weighing .10 pounds of gold-plated materials to a company titled Precious Metals Reclaiming Service (you can find them, I believe, at and they are supposed to send me a $3.00 check.
Unfortunately, I overdid it on the postage, and so I end up paying more for postage than I make from the deal.
However, thankfully I have just opened a account, and have therefore received 25$ worth in free postage; so all’s not bad!
Thanks for your comment!


Al October 9, 2012 at 4:57 am

hi! i would like to know the price for gold rams! can you tell me the price per lb?



Patrick February 15, 2013 at 8:56 am

I recently tore apart the aluminum cases on the side of a scrap satelite dish, and i got to the “chips” inside, in which im not to familuar with. I was curious after finding your awesome site and I wanted some questions answered. For instance the one chip didnt have gold fingers, but rather the whole board except maybe 20% was plated. I wanted to know how much I would need to make some legit money. I never learned how to use Ebay but I want to I really dont have Internet other than on my phone and at work. I guess you could say I am looking for some guidance in this department as I am otherwise an avid scrapper when it comes to your cars,copper, aluminum, heavy melt , appliances and so on and so forth. Your reply is much appreciated and anticipated. Thank you.


ScrapMetalJunkie February 17, 2013 at 5:13 am

I have very little experience with the gold plated chips in satellite receivers, but I can tell you that eBay would be a good market to sell them.


ScrapMetalJunkie February 17, 2013 at 5:13 am

I have very little experience with the gold plated chips in satellite receivers, but I can tell you that eBay would be a good market to sell them, but couldn’t say much more.


Mealane8 May 22, 2013 at 12:16 am

Gold is at about 1,380 dollars an ounce (I believe), so it doesn’t take ALL THAT MUCH of these materials before you could make some profit.
Thanks for your comment!


jamie July 27, 2013 at 5:40 am

I am receiving 45 cents a pound for computers for ewaist recycling in toronto. Does it make sense to remove the mother board and memory ram for precious metal recovery for a better profit?


Robert Cary September 15, 2013 at 2:40 am

Hey SMJ!
Since I do not own a computer store or recycle facility, I was just wondering where I could find sources of scraped hard drives, DIMMs, SIMMS, Motherboards, (with the gold fingers and pins attached) We don’t have many computer recyclers in my area and most of the electronic scrap is taken to the dump that is run by the county and contracted to an separate e-waste company.

I don’t think said company is even located in my part of the state. Anyway, I like the prices that people on ebay are paying for motherboards, memory, and logic boards from hard drives for the purpose of gold extraction. Even the the spacer rings used to connect the hard drive platters are worth something, even though they don’t (I think) contain much in terms of precious metals.

Just thought you might have some ideas on sourcing. They key also would be to get them at the right price to make a profit as well. I wonder if that is even possible. Most companies or e-waste people I am sure know what they have to begin with and are not going to let their scrap go for “pennies on the dollar” making a resale profit for a small guy like me somewhat difficult. Your thoughts?

Thanks for any and all info..



lehman November 29, 2014 at 8:37 am

How much gold is from The Computer? What is the minimum and maximum?
Please tell if someone has tested.
Many thanks


samir April 15, 2015 at 2:21 pm

I’m working in computer center .
pls help me to receive good idea about computer parts scrap and how can i deal with and the nearest market i can sell them.
my center in Syria Damascus


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