Surprises

by Mike Masnick


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auctions, digital goods

Companies:
ebay



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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    xperia x10, 4 Oct 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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