eBay Bans Auctions Of Digital Goods

from the another-market-mucked-up-by-digital-goods dept

We've pointed out more than a few times how digital goods muck up traditional markets that are based on the concept of scarcity, and it appears that eBay has come to the same conclusion. It's now banned the direct sale of purely digital goods from either its auctions or its direct sales offerings. Instead, those who want to sell digital goods need to put up a classified ad on the site, rather than a transactional platform. The basic reason has to do with the (wouldn't you know it?) infinitely reproduceable nature of digital goods. That allows eBay sellers to list the same product many, many, many times over, since they have an infinite supply. This practice is screwing up listings and (more importantly) is being used to manipulate feedback ratings, and so eBay has done away with it.


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    Lucretious, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 6:11am

    I don't understand, how is it "screwing up" listings? Also, does this include all software or is it just for things that are downloaded directly?

     

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    Lucretious, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 6:13am

    oops, never mind. I just read the article

     

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    Oliver Wendell Jones, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 6:46am

    In response to #1

    I tried over the weekend to find a dirt cheap DVD player. The one in my boss's office is dead and our budget for a replacement is tiny, so I hoped to find a good deal on eBay. I've bought used players for as little as $5 before and got a couple of years of use out of them.

    I did a search for "DVD Player" and sorted by cost - low to high and a vast majority of the listings that show up are "Portable DVD Player" with starting bids of $0.99 and only when you read the listing do you see that it's an opportunity to buy a list of wholesale DVD player vendors where you can buy them for up to 70% off of retail.

    Some of the ones I read tell you in the description - "DO NOT BID ON THIS AUCTION - Send an e-mail to someaddress@somedomain.com and I'll let you know how to get this list" I tried to report the auction to eBay by clicking the "Report this auction" link and after answering several questions I was directed to a help page with information about what is and what isn't acceptable on eBay and was never given the opportunity to actually report the auction".

    After having to filter through all of that crap, I have no problem with them doing away with auctions of this type. Of course, the vendors will just switch to printed copies of the list that they snail-mail to you instead of e-mailing you a digital file, but at least it will cut into their profits some.

     

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    Fred Brown, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 7:00am

    digital goods

    What?

     

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    Matt, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 7:15am

    who cares about feedback when its only positive?

    With their change to feedback, who cares if its abused or not? It's not even reliable anymore.

     

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    ehrichweiss, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 7:44am

    gooooood

    I'm glad. I've watched a bunch of my buddies' books get pirated in PDF format thanks to this and it's near impossible to report the listings thanks to the fact that ebay wants you to jump through their hoops so you'll get tired of reporting scams, etc.(you didn't think they actually wanted to stop those scammers from making them money did you?)

     

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    Teilo, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 7:45am

    It's about time!

    Frankly, I get pissed off whenever someone takes an online service, and uses it for a purpose completely different than what is intended, and what the consumers of said service are their for. It is arrogant and obnoxious. It devalues a useful service and makes it less useful.

    If I am searching for a DVD player on eBay, I want to see hardware, not bogus crap like a wholesaler list. The jerks who post this crap are nothing but spammer scumbags. They are using eBay for free advertisement by using eBay categories as demographic targets.

     

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    ehrichweiss, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 7:47am

    Re: It's about time!

    I'd almost forgotten about the "wholesale lists". So yeah, this is going to be a very good thing.

     

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    PidlyDink, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 7:56am

    No more coupons!!!

    Looks like I won't be able to get my coupon codes on eBay any more, given there is no exception for finite electronic goods (e.g., one-use coupon code). Back to CraigsList.org...

     

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    comboman, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 7:57am

    also stops pyramid scams

    This would also stop some of the pyramid scams I've seen on eBay. The auction is for a PDF eBook that tells you how to "make money fast". The eBook tells you how to set up an auction on eBay to sell the eBook you just bought (though you also bought the rights to resell the eBook so does that still count as a digital goods auction?).

     

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    Improbus, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 7:58am

    eBay?

    I gave up on eBay years ago. The place is a cesspool.

     

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    Sean Vosler, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 8:06am

    online games

    just do an ebay search for "gold" and half the listings are for MPOG money, i know runescape.com (the second largest MPOG) had to change the game play to fight selling gold online, I really think this is a good step

     

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    timberwolf, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 8:11am

    Ebay Bans Digital Goods

    I checked this out on Ebay and there are still tons and tons of Digital Goods ads on eBay. I wonder when they will actually start that. I put an ad on eBay about a month ago and they tried to sue me for putting a Digital Delivery eBook on there. Thank God it was thrown out of court but still....

     

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    Crosbie Fitch (profile), Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 8:15am

    Try the Digital Art Auction

    It is possible to auction digital art.

    See the Digital Art Auction for more details:
    http://www.digitalartauction.com/history/essay.htm

     

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    Paul, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 8:20am

    crafters

    While there are many scams out there, this will unfortunately hurt many legitimate businesses such as craftspersons who create templates, or designers who create graphics packages. Sure they can use the mail to deliver originals but the convenience of digital transfer has a positive impact on sales. I think we will see the migration to niche sites like etsy.com.

     

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    Umer Khan, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 8:37am

    Argh

    I think this sucks :-( I personally haven't been exposed to the misuses of digital delivery of goods, but I did used to create original publication content in PDF format and sell it via eBay for some decent money. Now I would have to sell it as paper - and unnecessarily waste paper, make a trip to the post office, spend money on shipping, and the recipient would have to wait some days to receive it, and when they do receive it, it wouldn't be in a searchable format.

     

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    Overcast, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 8:43am

    It sucks - perhaps - but for the consumer? I think in the end, it will just make Craigslist and other sites more popular.

    Demand won't go away - the customer will just find a new supplier.

     

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    Misty Olen, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 9:02am

    Not So Sure This Is Good

    This may be a good thing, but I'm not sure. I recently bought a Tracfone and a 60 minute phone card. I had my kids take the Tracfone with them on a trip because they were flying alone. The phone came with 20 minutes so I didn't use the 60 min card. I was thinking of listing it on Ebay as a digital delivery thing and just emailing the code. Now, I could mail the card to the person that won, but that just seems like a waste of time when all they need are the numbers off of it. So, I'm not sure how this impacts things like this, but it does seem like sometimes digital delivery would be a legitimate deal.

     

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    omnitop, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 9:09am

    How about domain names? Digital but not "infinitely reproduceable".

     

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    Twinrova, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 9:23am

    Another eBay mistake when bigger problems exist

    One poster described eBay as a cesspool and I have to agree.
    I recently went there to find a part for my vehicle and the site was completely different than the last time I visited.

    I was appalled at the number of crap listings with "0.99" starting bids but had a $49.99+ shipping & handling fee.

    Then I come to find out buyers are no longer susceptible to negative feedback from sellers in addition to increased fees to sellers. Translation: The buyer is going to get screwed big time.

    I didn't find the part I was looking for, which is probably a good thing. I, for one, will never return to eBay again.

    Cesspool is an understatement. If any site proves my point that capitalism is dead having replaced by greed, it is eBay (both sellers and the company).

    Long live Amazon. :)

     

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    SP, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 9:23am

    This may be a good thing, but I'm not sure. I recently bought a Tracfone and a 60 minute phone card. I had my kids take the Tracfone with them on a trip because they were flying alone. The phone came with 20 minutes so I didn't use the 60 min card. I was thinking of listing it on Ebay as a digital delivery thing and just emailing the code. Now, I could mail the card to the person that won, but that just seems like a waste of time when all they need are the numbers off of it. So, I'm not sure how this impacts things like this, but it does seem like sometimes digital delivery would be a legitimate deal.


    This type of sale would still be allowed as far as I understand. Something like a code to "recharge" minutes on a pre-paid phone can only be used once. It's not "infinitely reporduceable" and therefore the seller couldn't offer the same code to 100 different people. Some digital downloads or "electronic delivery" items like this should still be allowed. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. I think this is a good move, too. It will get rid of all those damn "wholesale list" ASSHOLES. Now I suppose they are going to start spamming Craigslist with their BS...yay.

     

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    SSDD, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 11:10am

    It won't matter if something is allowed by the rules. The drones at epay will cancel many of those anyway, and it takes too much hoop jumping to challenge a decision like that, so...

     

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    Nick (profile), Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 12:09pm

    Re: It's about time!

    Why get pissed? It is a sign that there is a need that someone is not fulfilling. I think this is a business eBay could/should get into before Amazon dominates it, or maybe it is better left to Amazon. However, if eBay is better know for this than Amazon, they could create some sort of partnership.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 12:10pm

    Re: Argh

    Now I would have to sell it as paper - and unnecessarily waste paper, make a trip to the post office, spend money on shipping, and the recipient would have to wait some days to receive it, and when they do receive it, it wouldn't be in a searchable format.

    No, you don't have to "sell it as paper". They've got these things called CD-Rs now. You can put a PDF on one and it's still searchable. You should check them out.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 12:21pm

    Re: Re: It's about time!

    Why get pissed? It is a sign that there is a need that someone is not fulfilling.

    Because there are some needs that should not be fulfilled.

     

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    It Wasnt me, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 1:11pm

    Re: Argh

    you can always send him a digital copy or email the lot to him

     

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    ike, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 1:41pm

    That's just too easy to circumvent. For example, one could just add a Postcard to any digital lot.

     

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    ike, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 1:47pm

    Band-aid Solution?

    That's just too easy to circumvent. There are plenty of very cheap goods out there. For example, one could just add a Postcard to the digital lot.

    It sounds to me like a band-aid solution. It is because of a poor search engine? Does the feedback system need improvements?

     

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    Jake, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 3:20pm

    I don't know how effective this is going to be -stuff's always going to slip through the cracks no matter how thoroughly eBay police their lists- but I don't see how it seriously inconveniences anyone apart from the loss of the option to bid, which is rather redundant with infinite goods anyway.

     

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    John, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 3:45pm

    Instead of worrying about feedback manipulation

    If I'm reading the article correctly, eBay is making this change so sellers can't manipulate the feedback system.

    Instead of worrying about manipulating feedback, perhaps eBay should look at making the reporting process better, as in:
    1) Make it easier to report a seller who doesn't ship.
    2) Make it easier to report a buyer who doesn't pay.
    3) Make it easier to report a fraudulent auction, instead of "going through hoops" as one of the above posters said.
    4) Make it easier to report phishing e-mails. It seems like every time I report a phishing e-mail to eBay, I get a reply saying "The e-mail can not be processed" or some such.

    I know eBay has to have "going through hoops" policies to weed out people who would file false reports, but like many people are saying, the tougher it is to communicate with eBay, the more likely people will leave.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 2nd, 2008 @ 8:56pm

    Re: In response to #1

    That's a single example, and they told you up front what they were selling. Where's the harm? What about people who sell custom software? Original eBooks? Music they made and recorded? Digital photos?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 2:33am

    mystery auction

    now if only the could rid of those dumb mystery auctions too.. if i'm searching for an item i don't really feel like spending 20% of the value for a 5% chance to win it, when i just want to see real listings.

     

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    chris, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 3:11am

    I think this is a good idea, because far too many people who have worked hard to write ebooks ended up losing a lot of money because ebay pirates would sell those same ebooks for $1.00.

    It really hurts the market when people do this kind of thing. Maybe now ebooks will start to gain more leverage, and ebook writers will be able to start making some more well-deserved money!

     

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    chris, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 3:16am

    Well, you might as well scratch what I just said! I just checked on ebay for ebooks and over 3000 results came up!

    Of course, since they're just at the beginning stages of this it will take time to stop it completely.

    We'll see what happens...

     

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    YouYap.com, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 3:16am

    i was just about start selling ebook

    i was just about start selling ebook what to do now. VISIT: YouYap.com

     

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    bournemouth computer repair, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 3:29am

    What about xbox live codes

    I buy xbox live codes off ebay which are infinate to a degree and not spam.

     

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    Mike Rogem, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 4:43am

    Finally

    It was bound to happen, I guess this means no more "this cost me £200000, but you can have it for £1" listings :)

     

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    templatestaff, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 5:07am

    Why not limit the quantity of digital goods?

    This new policy is severely hurting my home-based business.

    Why doesn't ebay simply limit the number of times one can list the same digital good (like a spreadsheet, or an mp3 track)?

     

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    Angiogenesis, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 5:19am

    Shit, my business will be killed under this new po

    Time to find another auction platform. eBay is going downhill..

     

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    Jake, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 5:32am

    Re: Why not limit the quantity of digital goods?

    I see what you mean, but I'm a little confused as to how this hurts your business. For the benefit of those of us with little or no personal experience of selling on eBay, could somebody explain the exact difference between and relative merits of a classified ad and the other systems?

     

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    Jake, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 5:33am

    Re: Why not limit the quantity of digital goods?

    I see what you mean, but I'm a little confused as to how this hurts your business. For the benefit of those of us with little or no personal experience of selling on eBay, could somebody explain the exact difference between and relative merits of a classified ad and the other systems?

     

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    Bob Tabor, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 8:40am

    Allow me to explain why this is GREAT NEWS ...

    Ok, for several *years* I've been trying to shut down some jerk(s) in the UK and China who have purchased a single license to download training videos I create (and sell exclusively on my website) THEN they turn around and resell that downloaded content on eBay. I know for a fact that there have been literally hundreds of CDs sold illegally.

    Sure, eBay has the Verio (sp?) (I think it stands for "verified digital rights ownership" program) which allows us to identify these clowns then after faxing (yes, FAXING) in a document to them, in several days they take down the auction ... only to see the SAME SELLER posting the SAME AUCTION again several days later. So, I for one welcome this with open arms. Thank you eBay!

    To answer some of the questions posed:

    Q: Why don't I just DRM the videos?
    A: Because nobody -- especially paying customers -- want DRM. And I don't blame them. I am responsible and I expect customers to meet me in the middle on this issue. Of course, the flipside is dealing with this sort of garbage.

    Q: Why do I care? These people who purchase the videos on eBay would probably never be my customers.
    A: First, that's a big assumption. Several people are kind enough to report that they purchased the stolen videos and realized that they were fraudulent ... and even offered to buy a license from my website. I sell to a small niche that is well connected. Every potential customer who receives ill-gotten gains is a potential customer lost and money evaporated from my business. Second, that's MY CONTENT to sell and authorize usage of the content the way I deem. Third, it goes against what is good and moral. Yes, I said "moral" ... which doesn't seem to carry a lot of weight nowadays. Just because you have the technology to skirt the laws doesn't make it morally right. That's MY CONTENT and I'll decide how I want to be compensated for it. If you don't like it, don't watch/listen/read the content.

    Q: This doesn't represent a real cost to you, does it? Why do you care?
    A: Yes, it does represent a real cost. I have an employee spending several hours each week -- and have done so for several years -- to scan through eBay and find these auctions, fill out the paper work, and shut these knuckleheads down. No, I don't have to do this, but I want to do this for all the reasons mentioned before. This full-time employee also does the same thing for bit torrent search engines ... which actually are more accommodating than eBay many times!

    Yeah, my rationale may make me sound a bit irrational or impractical. I'm obviously speaking in ideals ... and I've not made a big stink about it. Still, I would say this announcement puts a small smile on my face, as well as all book publishers who want to meet market demands for electronic versions of their content while protecting their intellectual capital. As a consumer, you should be HAPPY for this because when content creators know there is an economic upside to producing content in various formats and know that it is not easily pirated, they are more likely to spend more time and resources on producing more content in electronic format, which often costs much less than printed copies.

    To the guy saying he sells his eBook on eBay, I would suggest one of literally dozens of eCommerce tools that allow you to do this and have tight paypal (or other credit card merchant account) integration. Your content offering would appear to be more professional, and you then have the ability to brand yourself (in some small way) in hopes of upsell opportunities.

     

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    Mike, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 9:28am

    I was just about finished my ebook i was writing

    this is stupid.maybe they can have a thing where u send them your ebook and if they approve it, u can sell it on there. and that way they avoid scammers who duplicate ur book and sell it as there own. since they have to submit it to be alowed to sell it. if someone else submits ur ebook, it will just be rejected. that what i think they should do.

     

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    Jake, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 10:02am

    Re: Allow me to explain why this is GREAT NEWS ...

    Before anyone else jumps in, notice the part about other people redistributing these training videos for a profit, which I think we can all agree is unethical; it's not like someone put them on YouTube or made a copy for a friend as a favour.

     

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    PNess, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 10:06am

    This is why

    Because they dont want to give value to digital goods because then they would be taxed....so things like games with virtual currancy does not want value associated with things like WOW GOLD....because then the company would have to start paying taxes on transactions

     

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    Tack Furlo, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 10:24am

    Re: phone card

    As #21 mentioned this is not infinately reproducable, but also, couldn't you just email them the code and also snail mail them the phone card? In this way, you're selling them the card (i.e. a physical item), and yet they can go ahead and use it right away.

    Of course, by that logic, you could also snail mail them the distribution list but go ahead and email the PDF of it now. Perhaps I need to rethink this comment...

     

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    Gaspard Leon, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 2:17pm

    Sort of a good idea.... but!

    The idea is ok, most "infinitly reproducible" "non-scarce" goods should not be sold in the same "bin" as scarce goods...

    e.g. you can sell a car and once sold you and the new owner cannot drive/own the car at the same time.

    e.g. you can sell a watch and only one person can wear it at once...

    these are "scarce goods"...

    BUT you can sell an MP3 or an ebook and it can be an exact copy and you and the buyer still retain a copy, it's not "scarce"

    there are legitimate reasons for "non-scarce goods" to be sold, but they should be in a _separate section_

    And this gets to to main part of my argument, ebay should enforce categories using ratings. That way, when you search in the "DVD players" category, you don't get DVD discs or lists or whatever... if something is mis-categorized, you should be able to flag it easily.. if a couple of people (with decent ratings themselves) flag it as incorrect then it automatically gets moved to another category, or de-listed... also if a user has many mis-categorizations, the user is flagged, and followed up by e-bay...

    seems simple enough, use the wisdom of crowds...

     

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    Nerys, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 3:53pm

    Problem with wisdom of crowds

    The problem with this is that it can and WILL be gamed ie there is nothing to stop one competitor from abusing this automated system to "take out" the competition. Does not matter if it can be fixed the damage will already be done.

    The only solution is also the only solution ebay will not take. Thats because the solution is to HIRE people and that costs money. No chance in hell they are going to eat there profits hiring people when they can simply BAN IT and keep the profits.

     

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    the iron gentleman, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 4:46pm

    ebay bans digitial content

    Although this may hurt some vendors that sell digital products, there are still others places to sell online. This site lists a few nice sites for selling digital products:

    http://www.awarepublishing.com/Aware_Publishing/Top_10_Places_to_Sell_e-Books.html

     

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    Adrian Rosebrock, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 6:01pm

    Would selling a domain name count as a "digital product"? If so, then the domain cannot be reproduced and sold again...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 8:50pm

    Re: Allow me to explain why this is GREAT NEWS ...

    So, I for one welcome this with open arms. Thank you eBay!

    Are you confused? I don't see how this new policy will help the situation you describe at all. This new policy restricts auctions of purely digital goods (i.e. not goods on physical media) and so would not apply to CD's.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 3rd, 2008 @ 8:55pm

    Re:

    Would selling a domain name count as a "digital product"? If so, then the domain cannot be reproduced and sold again...

    Try reading the linked article.

     

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    pauldy, Apr 4th, 2008 @ 11:02am

    EBay is being run by morons now, they aren't doing anything about the scam auctions or the here buy my information on how to get a free car, laptop, or mac mini. Instead they are going after the digital auctions. I haven't bought anything from EBay in quite a long time because they are so fraudster friendly, I closed my paypal account as well because they too have made themselves more friendly to fraud by shortening the dispute time.

     

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    matty, Apr 5th, 2008 @ 10:41pm

    Re: Argh

    Send a CD

     

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    Richard Rost, Apr 6th, 2008 @ 1:21pm

    eBay Ban on Digital Goods

    I would like to go on record as saying that this new policy ABSOLUTELY STINKS. I have built my business upon providing quality digital products in the form of computer video tutorials and ebooks. I have many thousands of satisfied customers. I have only been selling on eBay now for a few months, but I have over a hundred now very happy customers with almost all positive feedback. This new policy is only going to hurt the many legitimate vendors who sell digital goods. Richard Rost 599CD Computer Training http://www.599cd.com

     

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    Jerry, Apr 10th, 2008 @ 8:20pm

    Is this a solution to Ebay ban???

    Hi guys, I just saw this on eBay. Maybe there is a solution. But I rather save my $16, so maybe I won't sell on ebay anymore.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=260228625188&ssPageN ame=STRK:MESE:IT&ih=016

     

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    Tom, Apr 10th, 2008 @ 9:31pm

    This one says there's solution

    Hi guys, just wanted to share this real quick. I saw this on eBay. Maybe there is a solution. But I rather save my $16, so maybe I won't sell on ebay anymore.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=260228625188&ssPageN ame=STRK:MESE:IT&ih=016

    Good luck

     

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    Victor, Apr 11th, 2008 @ 4:31pm

    Try Zipidee's Digital Good marketplace

    Zipidee just started selling ebooks: www.zipidee.com. Try their site if you can’t sell on ebay anymore. They allow you to easily upload your video and audio content as well.

     

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    john haskins, Apr 28th, 2008 @ 3:09am

    ebays ban

    Why not ban us from living in houses to stop the burglars from making their living. Some of the comments here are people with just their own selfish thoughts

     

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    Rick, Jun 8th, 2008 @ 10:31am

    World Wide Ban on eBay Takes eBay Sales & Stock Tumbling

    I just read some breaking news that there is another BAN going on!

    Users of eBay, all accross the world, have been raging a HUGE BAN on eBAY and have not been using the site any more since the new regulations on Feedback, Digital Deliveries, and other problems with the out of control California Based Company.

    Users are simply plain "FED UP" and have finally ALL COME TOGETHER to agree to not to use the site.

    Reports have indicated, so far, the eBay SALES HAVE DROPPED OVER 35% and THEIR STOCK PRICE IS FALLING Rapidly. Some predict, that if users stick together in this ban, that eBay will drop drasticly as a major player in the market.

    News also reports that other sites activities, such as Amazon, Click Bank and others have increased and some new arrivals have come and that the weakened eBay may finally be able to be overtaken by a NEW and BETTER PLAYER in the market!

    Its all about COMPETITION in the marketplace. eBay is NOT the only marketplace, said one expert, and the marketplace will correct itself!

     

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    Jimmy, Sep 7th, 2008 @ 7:41pm

    There are other options.

    For those that are interested in another option, there is a service being offered to automate sending of physical CDs with your auctions. You can raise your price just a little and still earn money on Ebay. http://www.cashthunder.com

     

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    Ian, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 6:55pm

    eBay's ban on digitally delivered goods

    Is there an equivalent of eBay anywhere for selling digitally delivered goods? If not - looks like there is a new market

     

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    ererle, Apr 5th, 2009 @ 11:50pm

    Re: Another eBay mistake when bigger problems exist

    I've watched a bunch of my buddies' books get pirated in PDF format thanks to this and it's near impossible to report the listings thanks to the fact that ebay wants you to jump through their hoops so you'll get tired of reporting scams, etc.(you didn't think they actually sexy lingerie wanted to stop those scammers from making them money did you?

     

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    robyn, Apr 6th, 2009 @ 7:19pm

    This is BS!

    There is NO such eBay policy!
    Why are you spreading BS!
    Show me a link where this NEW eBay policy is stated!
    STOP LYING!

     

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    Computer PC & Repair, Sep 14th, 2010 @ 1:31pm

    This is a smart move on ebay's part. An overproduction of goods will make the demand for these electronic products go way down causing ebay to suffer as a whole.

     

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    vakantie turkije, Sep 16th, 2010 @ 12:56am

    Thanks you

    Thank you very much...

     

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    xperia x10, Oct 4th, 2010 @ 4:12am

    ebay

    I checked this out on Ebay and there are still tons and tons of Digital Goods ads on eBay. I wonder when they will actually start that. I put an ad on eBay about a month ago and they tried to sue me for putting a Digital Delivery eBook on there. Thank God it was thrown out of court but still....

     

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    sexy lingerie addict, Oct 19th, 2010 @ 1:24am

    comment`

    yep,,, i think that is a great idea

     

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