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[ASK] Selling E-book without Risking Ebay TOS

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by kumkum, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. kumkum

    kumkum Registered Member

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    I heard that selling e-book in Ebay is now prohibited.

    DO you all , Have a tricks and tips to selling Ebook without risking being banned , or just stay under ebay radar...


    Thanks in advance

    Regards
    K
     
  2. suave

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    looking to do the same selling ebooks is prob the best way to make sum mula did you try any of the other auction sites or is it the same everywhere?
    Suave
     
  3. peter2002

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    If you want to sell ebooks on eBay and also want more profit per unit, just brand them on a CD. This way you sell a tangible product, and your problem is solved. Furthermore, since the perceived value is higher, you can increase the sales price. Hope this helps.
     
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  4. kumkum

    kumkum Registered Member

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    Thanks Peter..
    some friends also told me to Put a "...On CD" in the listing title.

    But this means we have to pay for shipping and any other cost.. isn't it..?

    I means , any tricks in Blackhat ways to selling Ebook but no Shipping and handling.... needed..

    Thanks again Peter.........
     
  5. bluerickshaw

    bluerickshaw Junior Member

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    tell them you will ship a CD, then just send them an email with it attached. Most people will be happy enough, if they arent ship the moaners a CD.
     
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    DrJekyll Senior Member Premium Member

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    If you do not send a cd your account will not last long.
     
  7. kumkum

    kumkum Registered Member

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    Did Ebay know if we didn't ship through CD..

    Or they know from negative feedback buyer give us to ... complained
    because as "Bluerickshaw" mention...

    just send them through email... after we received payment....?
     
  8. oxonbeef

    oxonbeef BANNED BANNED

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    Place an address confirmation in an email with the option
    for a postage refund if a CD is not now required.
    Most people will opt for the postage refund.
    Make sure the option is displayed prominently.
     
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  9. kumkum

    kumkum Registered Member

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    make sense.. thanks a lot
     
  10. peter2002

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    Exactly.

    @OP: Please be very careful using the alternatives posted here, especially if you have an eBay account with good feedback already, and you want to keep it.
     
  11. oxonbeef

    oxonbeef BANNED BANNED

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    I've done what I suggested ever since they stopped the selling of digital
    goods without a problem. However sending out cd/dvds has the advantage
    That you are able to absolutely cram them with links, free trials, affiliate
    offers ect, curiosity takes over and very good percentage of the time I would
    make more money from back end products than I would from the original
    sale.
     
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  12. sizzorkay

    sizzorkay Junior Member

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    Actually you can sell ebook on ebay, just bought one last night for $.40, but what the seller did was put a note at the bottom of the listing, and its addressed to ebay staffers, and i quote from the listing now " Attention eBay Staff: I am an Authorized Reseller of this product and also the copyright holder or I have resale rights to this ebook or item. Full Resell Rights are Granted by the copyright owners to sell these E-books with Resell Rights or Master Resell Rights Granted! This ad complies with all eBay rules and regulations".
    So that is what this guy has been doing and he's been doing it well with good feedbacks, so you can put that in your listing, that might keep ebay off your back
     
  13. Westernstar

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    I recommend that you be sure to put that you an Authorized Reseller or that you own the copyright in your listing. I have had listings removed without notice before I started including this.

    You can sell ebooks on eBay within their TOS as long as they are on a CD. One thing eBay does is suspend accounts if they think you are just selling a lot of ebooks for a cheap price to build feedback. So do not under any circumstances put anything about receiving feedback in your listing.

    I do think you could probably send most of your ebooks by email as long as you ask the buyer first. Maybe something to the effect of: "If you would like your ebook quickly I can email you the download instead of mailing it, so you can have it right away."

    I think most people will go this route if you offer it in a way that lets them know they can get it faster.

    I would also use email to send them this message. eBay can and will look at any messages sent through their message system if they think something fishy is going on.

    Just my 2 cents worth.
     
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    well you can do a classified ad and have a link or pay now button going to your download site which is allowed as your selling of ebay. problem solved also you can use a landing page to sell the ebook and use paypal for payment edit the button and instead of using a page to go like success page. put url of the http:// blah blah blah.ebook.zip

    instead of have url http:// blah blah blah success dot html

    or just have on buy now listing 24/7 delivery when someone buys send them link to download but if someone grass you up then you get listing removed thats all.

    best bet would be the classified ad thats what i do , i use both method and never send on cd or dvd
     
  15. Bucks

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    As far as I know you can sell ebooks no prob. You must however send them in the post on a cd. You cannot offer digital downloads anymore. Thats where the rules have changed. If in doubt id contact ebay

     
  16. shezboy

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    Around 4 years ago I was selling tons of digital products on eBay and making easy money. At that time hardly anyone esle was doin this or if they did then they put up real basic listings.

    I put a little effort in and made use of HTMl to make original listings that stood out from the rest and I only listed on eBay UK. I could sell digi prods that came from packages like the ones released by Jeremy Burns and I could sell some of them for £10/$17 each.

    I'd 'work' sit that the computer for a few hours in the morning and then spend the rest of the day doing my own thing.


    By the time eBay had changed the rules and screwed everyone I didn't care because by that time I'd switched to selling the same stuff on CD and found that you could make better money too.

    It's not rocket science - get the BEST products you can find/afford and put a collection of them on a CD. Make sure you have resell rights to them.

    Here's the key, (again, this is not rocket science), choose the subject of your CD, for example, how to make a website and upload it to your own web hosting.

    For this you will find resell rights products that show the entire process in a step by step method.

    One product will be how to register a domain, another will be how to get
    web hosting, another will be 'learn HTML' and/or a website builder software
    program. Another product to include on the CD is how to FTP files.

    That's pretty much it - it's all very basic stuff to you and I but to a noob who
    is looking to find out how to do all of this stuff will thank you for putting
    everything they need to know on one CD and they'll buy from you.

    Add a couple of bonuses like 'how to set up a wordpres blog' etc and pop
    some affiliate links in there too. If you're smart you will also have some form
    of email list that they can sign up to and or a membership program ect.

    eBay may have changed to rules but all they did is swipe away the free loading, lazy ass tw@ts who can't be arsed the think for themselves and wreck a good thing for everyone else.

    And if you think this sounds a good way to make money on eBay DON'T hit the thanks button, instead, spend your time and take action with this. It's just too easy not to do it.

    Oh and one last thing, because you're shipping to a physical address you can also ramp things up by sending your customers postal mailings (remember those things?) - send them a follow up letter 2 weeks after sending them the CD. 2 Weeks later, send another follow up just to check in.

    You now have a mailshot relationship with them which cuts through the email noise and gets your message read.

    Enjoy.
    :rain:
     
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