by Mike Masnick

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auctions, digital goods


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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    Richard Rost, 6 Apr 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

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