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Digital items on Ebay success. $160 for nothing.

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Sumuji, May 4, 2017.

  1. Sumuji

    Sumuji Registered Member

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    I'm sure this isn't a new tactic but someone here got the idea in my head (new to me) and I decided to try it so maybe someone else can have the same success.

    I think the original idea was to buy cheap games from one of those "lowest prices on the planet" sites, forget where now, and selling it on Ebay for a profit. I didn't have much luck finding a game that was suitable and worth the trouble so I decided to go another route.

    I searched around for a "Volume Licensing" version of a fairly popular media player. If you don't know what volume licensing is it's where a software developer will sell in bulk to people that need to install the software on multiple machines. Like schools. Instead of shipping 100 boxes and having some poor s.o.b open each box, install, register, enter cd keys...etc, they get a easier option that allows them to install it over the whole network with a push of a button. Each install it ready to go without any registering.

    Anyway, I searched for the volume licensing of this software. After shifting through the spam, fake links, and content lockers I finally found a place to download it. Ran anti-virus on it and installed it on my own machine to make sure it was legit. And it was. The program was ready to go and fully functional after installing it and with a volume license. It's important to make sure this stuff works first.

    Let me get the potentially bad stuff out of the way now so I don't waste you're time if you think it's not worth it. Now Ebay generally doesn't support selling virtual goods so there's a chance that they will catch you and suspend you or something. The legit way of doing it is to sell it in their classified section where it's important to note there is no buyer/seller protection. I'd recommend creating a new Ebay account just for this. On a different IP if possible. For me, I haven't used Ebay in years so I just created an account without any worries.

    The second potential problem is someone saying they never got it or got something else. If this happens there's nothing you can do really. There's no tracking information because nothing is physically being shipped. And you're technically selling stuff the wrong way to begin with. BUT, this is also costing you nothing so...........

    I've read that it's easier to do this on weekends because the people that check for this kind of stuff, forget their official name, pretty much just work like regular people 9-5, M-F. I don't know if this is true or not but I haven't had anyone challenge me and I listed it over the weekend.

    The easier part. Create a listing for your product. It's important that you do a "buy now" and don't use an auction format. You want to be able to take it down if they don't all sell over the weekend. I just went to the official site for the software and copy/pasted their pictures and descriptions. I also used one of those sites that help you add HTML and stuff to your listings. Just Google the topic and you'll see such sites that will let you add some color and stuff to your listing.

    IMPORTANT!! You also want to make sure you tell people that they are buying the volume licensing version of the product. That you will message them a link to download it. I just simply used Google Drive to host mine. Some software can be pretty big. You also probably don't want to use a place that makes people wait for a timer or something because you want the buyer to be happy. Explain what volume licensing is probably helps. Reassure them that what they get will be the fully functional product without the hassle of registering anything.

    Look for people selling the same product and try to undercut. For my product people were selling it for $40 on up so I listed it at like $32.95 and even said in my listing that virtual version will be cheaper than a box being mailed.

    Now if you're new top EBay you'll be limited. 5 sales a month or $500, whichever comes first. And another sucky thing is that if you're a new seller Ebay/Paypal will hold your money for 21 days to make sure the buyer gets the product and it happy or at least content. If you could add a tracking number this would speed it up but alas you're selling virtual goods. If you're impatient you have options.

    You can actually mail the buyer a postcard or something with tracking via the USPS. Tell them you're doing it so they know. They got what they wanted for a cheaper price and should be happy.

    Or, you can ask the buyer to mark it as received and leave positive feedback. If you Google such topics you'll see people say feedback has no effect on when payment is released. I can tell you it 100% in fact does. Out of the 5 things I sold 2 left positive feedback and Paypal released the money the next day. The other three that left nothing I have to wait the full 21 days.

    So I made like $160 selling digital goods on EBay for $0 on my part. I sold 3 products one weekend then got nervous and took the other two down. I put them up the next weekend and they sold in less than 12 hours. Maybe you can up it to something more worthwhile to you and get like $100 a sale. Just keep in mind Ebay can ruin your plans. And also remember to make sure your customer is happy. I think I covered everything important. Good luck.
     
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  2. krhnsfk

    krhnsfk Junior Member

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    NOT WORHT TRYING IT !

    PEOPLE USE HACKED EBAY/PAYPAL ACCOUNTS AND PURCHASE FROM YOU, AFTER THEY GET THEIR DOWNLOAD LINK/CODE. THEY WILL OPEN A EBAY/PAYPAL DISPUTE AND SINCE THEY DON'T COVER DIGITAL GOODS THEY WILL REFUND THE BUYERS.

    IT HAS HAPPENED TO ME A FEW MONTHS AGO, LUCKILY I ONLY TRIED WITH 2 DIGITAL GAME CODES.

    YOU'LL ONLY GET SCAMMED ANYWAY IF YOU TRY THIS METHOD, THE SAME WAY GOES TO DROPSHIPPING VIA EBAY.
     
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  3. anatho

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    Good idea, however, it will attract a lot of scamming buyers. They only have to say their ebay/pp has been hacked and they did not order, so file a complaint for unauthorized payment after they got the software. So pp will refund them and they already have the software or key.
    Second, which media player do you mean? I am not sure who is going to pay $40 as there are so many free players available
     
  4. Sumuji

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    Yeah, I mentioned the chance of getting scammed. I personally think it's a small chance. All 5 of my buyers were legit. The money finally released today on the stragglers which is why I thought about posting it here. Regardless, you lose nothing even with the small chance of finding a scammer. With my first run I believe I would have sold all 5 in less than 24 hours so it's not like it would be listed for weeks. I just got cold feet because I wasn't really expecting to sell them that quickly and was afraid it would attract attention in their system. I think I worried for nothing.

    Seeing as I'll probably try something else next time, it was PowerDVD Ultra version. More the kind of software you'd use to run all of your home entertainment devices. Stuff people actually pay for. Anti-virus or a defender of some kind would be another genre to look but to me it looked sort of saturated. Accounting/Quickbooks type software is a good one to check out too. Just think about the type of non-gaming software that would be sold in a department store or something.

    I think using games would probably increase your chance of getting scammed because the demographic that buys games matches the demographic of your typical scammer too. Whereas if you're selling something like Quicken it would be middle-age adults.
     
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  5. SunnyLeon

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    You`re kind of pessimistic about it. That means that you shouldn`t sell any digital product ever because you might get spammed, yet a lot of people use paypal to sell virtual goods and it goes great. It`s a new method, there will be scammers you will have to deal with, but overall it is a share worth mentioning..
     
  6. kue92

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    thank you. i think i'll try this. at worst it's just a little time wasted by scammer. even so, the software found still can be used in other method to make profit
     
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    "The legit way of doing it is to sell it in their classified section where it's important to note there is no buyer/seller protection."

    classified section??? where is it?
     
  8. Sumuji

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    It's a selling format. Like auction style or buy it now. You create the listing like normal but select classified as the selling format when it comes time to list it. I think for digital products you initially put it under the "everything else" category.

    If you want to search classifieds you go through advanced search. I think it might even be limited to area like Craigslist.

    If you sell this way you're seriously limiting your audience but it is the proper way for virtual goods.
     
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    I actually did this 3-4 years ago even with some shady software, made 300-400$ and let it go. From all sales I still have this pending balance. I don't know what happened.

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    I don't know. I never actually tried it. Do a search for selling digital items on eBay and you'll find a bunch of articles mentioning that you should use their classifieds to sell.
     
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    @krhnsfk Totaly agreed with you!
    Digital items are NOT protected! There is no SELLER protection!
     
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    I also wanted to try this with some more famous softwares. However the things is sometimes (after weeks or months) all the Keys get disabled and the buyer will be extremely unhappy.
    Fact is u do not own the software. and it is illegal.
     
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    Can you tell about any media patners?Example?
     
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    Protecting what? You are selling software that you DID NOT pay for...........You aren't LOSING anything.......
     
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    lol whatever fuck sake I can't believe I read this shit. I want my life back lol
     
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    Very old method. The software companies that issue the Volume Licensing keys trawl the web and ebay especially, for misuse and reselling of keys.
    It might work for awhile but you will get shutdown eventually and lose your accounts.
     
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    If that was like that, so you RIGHT Brothaa!
     
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    I have been selling Bitcoin on ebay few years back, made around $500, had some chargebacks but generally made a profit. However it does eat up lots of your nerves
     
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    It sounds like your account will eventually get locked up. Might as well make as much as you can till then and buy another stealth account.