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Is it still possible to sell downloadable digital products via ebay?

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by artswerdstone, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. artswerdstone

    artswerdstone Power Member

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    Is it still possible to sell downloadable digital products via ebay?

    I just found this:

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    http://cgi.ebay.es/1500-Ebooks-templates-software-PLRs-turnkey-sites_W0QQitemZ230182470394QQihZ013QQcategoryZ47103QQcmdZViewItem
    See the lines above payment button:

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    [B][SIZE=4]After paying through paypal you will be redirected to a page with a link on it. Click on this link to create a username and password for the download area.[/SIZE][/B]
    What's your opinion about?
     
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  2. fl*oorg0d

    fl*oorg0d Registered Member

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    I don't think what they're doing is legit. If somebody reported the auction it would probably be ended. But, to each their own, and snitching's not really my style...

    *TIP*
    If you list items that look like they could be downloadable, put something in your auction about how you will be shipping the item on CD-R. This will help keep the e*Bay leg riders from ratting you out. And make sure you say CD-R or burned disc, not "CD"...some people may get pissed, expecting a commercial CD or something. Then, when you sell an item, send your winner an email that provides an obvious and easy download link, but also tell them to let you know if they want you to send a CD-R via media mail as well. 99% of the time they will be happy with the instant download access, and will not request a CD-R...media mail takes forever, and they can download it right now instead. If they do request a CD-R, then send it straight out.
    If you do it like this, you greatly reduce the risk of getting your auctions ended or your account suspended. Offer free shipping to your home country, so you don't have to do partial refunds for the people who do not actually get anything shipped to them. If you do have do send a CD-R to a couple, the cost is negligible. Be smart, and you can sell digital items without much trouble.
     
  3. boomboomer

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    You can sell digital goods and do a digital delivery ..

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    http://pages.eb*ay.com/help/policies/downloadable.html
    
     
  4. fl*oorg0d

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    Whoa...I feel like it's the Twilight Zone or something.

    The page that boomer posted clearly says that you can sell digital delivery items...but I have had a few auctions ended by e*Bay for violating the "digital download policy"...which I have apparently NOT violated according to the wording and examples on that page. And, I have seen endless whining on various forums about the policy, indicating that others have been slapped too. But right there they say it's cool. Weird.

    Oh well, to keep it safe and so people don't report my listings anymore, I do list via the method I posted above. I may have to test the waters a bit more though...

    [​IMG] boomer...again. ;)

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  5. boomboomer

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    The only catch is that it's gotta be in the classified ads format.
     
  6. ximscreamingx

    ximscreamingx Power Member

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    It's becoming hard to sell anything on egay lately..
     
  7. fl*oorg0d

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    OK...that's the part that sucks though...cause aren't they like $20 for reduced exposure? I list in BIN format.

    The listing posted by the artswerdstone is BIN format, not classified ad format. So, I still think that particular listing may be inviolation. I think if the seller took out the instant access message, he'd be a lot less likely to get a suspension.

    I don't know...I've burned up a good few e*Bay accounts over the years. They seem pretty ban happy, and don't usually provide much more than a canned explanation as to why. I just feel better trying to appear as though I'm all about following the rules.

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    Honestly, they shot themselves in the foot when they removed sellers ability to leave negative feedback.
     
  9. fl*oorg0d

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    Actually, it feels like they shot me in my foot...

    I agree though, but that topic has been beat to death all over the web, and they don't seem to care. e*Bay is a far different place than it was a few years ago (and even worse now with all the new policies and fee increases), and it is a shame. I used to make a full-time living on eBay, but the "new improved e*Bay" has forced me to become a blackhatter. :D

    Gotta pay the bills somehow...
     
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  10. fl*oorg0d

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    BTW, does anybody do best offer on their listings? I do, and next to the "Make Offer" button, it used to say "Best Offer". Now (I noticed it yesterday) it says "Classified Ad" next to the button. This is in a BIN listing with best offer option.

    Just strange...

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  11. fl*oorg0d

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    WTF?! If I'm gonna obfuscate(?) the word then at least be consistent!

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    Does anybody know what the cost of the insertion fee is if i want to run a classified add on Ebay?
     
  13. boomboomer

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    it's a total of $9.95 for 30 days
     
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    I think that no digital downloads is not for all countries.

    I did see a buy it now, usa, but it was a store item, I think it was a 30 day auction, so there may certain ways around it.

    Personally, I like the new rules. I am selling 1 out of 3 listings. and making more money. and my listing fees are 1/5 they used to be.

    I am ramping up more auctions.
     
  17. themagician

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    artswerdstone,

    As this is eBay España (Spain), is it possible they have different rules?

    Any thoughts or confirmation either way?

    themagician
     
  18. TheChronicles

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    you CAN sell digital products on eBay, but eBay has banned the download site for the product section, if you do it correctly you can sell digital prodcts on ebay, you have to make it seem that you are selling a pyhsical item, and at the end of the auction the buyer most of the time wont care if its digital or a cd, its a plus for them they can have the ebook in sec. when they download it instead of waiting days for it, its still used alot to gain feedback.
     
  19. artswerdstone

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    Eventually the example Spanish ebay user kept his sale page created long time before restrictions came in effect and ebay didn't prune such content.
     
  20. artswerdstone

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    I am thinking of a black hat way.
    Have your CD shipped with a warranty notice (and have the warranty e-mailed together with a purchase confirmation):

    "Warranty and Refund Policy

    MUST READ

    Although we struggle to deliver only best quality CD/DVD, these media can be damaged during transport due to electromagnetic influence and other factors out of our control.

    Customers satisfaction is important to us, therefore we provide the following ways of repair in case of fault.

    In case if your received CD/DVD is in any way damaged and you can't read it, just send it return to xxxxxxxx address together with (an international payment order of) $4.95 as handling, packing and postage fee and you will get it replaced within 30 days. Alternatively, you can download a backup copy in digital format at zero cost at our customer service site hxxp:xxxxxxxxxxxxxx where from you will get a temporary download link after verification of your e-mail address and your transaction ID.

    If you will chose repair by direct download, then you will also get a refund of $2.50 for saving our re-production costs.

    Hence the product can be digitally reproduced and multiplied by users without our control, we don't accept any refund requests once you've got the digital content.

    (write some legal disclaimers here as suited to stay out of trouble, and also a privacy policy)".

    Just don't do like a guy from UK did, when he sold at open air flea markets broken but apparently good mains cord powered radio receivers with alarm clock at a very low price without possibility to check if it works at the site because of no electric power available.

    He gave a warranty to replace any defect radio receiver if customers will return it to his address along with £2.20.

    In this way most of the radio receivers returned to him with an extra £2.20, thus he haven't run out of stock to sell (of course, on other markets to other victims of his scam).

    Don't do in the way that conman did.