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eBay - Digital Downloadable Goods in Classified Ads Format Only

by Mark on March 28th, 2008

Digital Downloadable Goods in Classified Ads Format Only

Brian Burke, Director Global Feedback Policy, says;

Hello…This is Brian Burke, Director Global Feedback Policy. Digital goods are often reproduced at little to no cost to the seller. On eBay, this creates the potential for Feedback Manipulation (both real and perceived). To preserve the integrity of the Feedback system, effective March 31 all goods that can be digitally downloaded or transferred electronically must be listed using the Classified Ads format.

Using the Classified Ads format, sellers receive a 30-day ad at a fixed price. This solution enables sellers to continue to market their digital goods on eBay; however, because Classified Ad listings are a lead generation tool and do not result in transactions that go through eBay, Feedback cannot be exchanged between buyer and seller.

Sellers who wish to continue to offer digital goods can do so by selecting the Everything Else>Information Products category in the Sell Your Item form and choosing the Classified Ads format (not auction-style or fixed price). For more information about the Classified Ads format, please read Advertising with Classified Ads.


Brian Burke
Director, Global Feedback Policy

The Warrior Forum says;

BAD NEWS Ebay Limits Digital Downloads 2 Classified

PlanetSMS says;

Digital Items Banned On eBay

“There is only one negative issue I can find so far and that is your eBook business can no longer be automated. You will need to make your items physical. And the best way to do this is to burn your eBooks to CD Rom and send it via regular mail. This is not as hard as it sounds once you set up a system to burn and ship CD’s. This task can even be outsourced if you wish.”



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5 opinions for eBay - Digital Downloadable Goods in Classified Ads Format Only

  • Charles
    Apr 1, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    To combat the Ebay decision I have started an auction site at http://digitalauctions.us . I was also one of the people that Ebay ran off.

    Come by an check it out. There are low prices, digital sellers have two days after being paid to deliver product, and more.

  • Victor
    Apr 11, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Zipidee just announced their support for ebooks:http://www.zipidee.com. Try their site if you can’t (or don’t want to) sell on ebay anymore.

    See the press release:

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  • Fortunekitty
    Apr 24, 2008 at 4:47 am

    My experience with ebay classifieds really disappoints me.

    I paid $9.99 for only 27 visitors so far in 20 days?? And no enquiries at all so far to get the ebook!

    Previously, when I list two 1 cent ebook auctions a day, most of the time it will be sold. But now even when I kept the price the same, there is nobody even asking!

    I wonder if anyone else has better results than me? :P

  • Mark
    Apr 24, 2008 at 6:21 am

    Hi Fortunekitty,

    Thanks for visiting :)

    I really don’t understand why eBay has turned to a form of online advertising that lost its pull years ago. I understand your disappointment.

    Someone will tell us they’re doing well, though, I’m sure. Whether I’ll believe it or not will be another story…

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