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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Wed Aug 29 2018 15:34:22

eBay Revisits the Idea of Digital Content

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay missed the boat when it came to digital goods, as we've pointed out before, but that may change. An eBay executive touted his work on an initiative to launch "digital goods and subscriptions on eBay."

We don't know if the project is ongoing or if it was one of the projects eBay CEO Devin Wenig killed along with recent layoffs, but it's fascinating to see eBay revisited the opportunity.

Note that sellers can list digital content on eBay as long as they list it in the Everything Else > Information Products category using only the Classified Ad format - see the full restrictions on this help page.

Meanwhile Etsy allows the sale of digital content, such as sewing patterns, artwork, and "party printables" - and we suspect sellers do very well.

eBay dipped its toe into digital content in 2013 by creating a new category on its marketplace for "digital comics," but items listed redirected buyers to comiXology where they had to create an account and purchase on that site rather than buying on eBay. (Amazon acquired ComiXology the following year.)

In June of this year, eBay announced a deal with Madefire to allow it to sell digital comics redeemable only through the Madefire app.

To see how eBay could make digital content downloads work if it chose to do so, it's helpful to see how Etsy is doing it - here's a link to the help file on how to download a digital item from Etsy.

So why did eBay ban digital content in 2008? eBay's Brian Burke explained it was fear of sellers manipulating its feedback system (by listing thousands of the same item). How quaint that seems today, especially in light of the success rival marketplace Etsy has had with digital content. 

If eBay CEO Devin Wenig gave the initiative his blessing, would you jump in?



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This user has validated their user name. by: Number 6

Wed Aug 29 16:29:02 2018

Ina says: ''eBay missed the boat when it came to digital goods''.

eBay has missed all the boats in the harbour in the last 5 years or so.

It is playing catch-up with every other online business and seems ever more desperate for income streams by the day.

What are they going to come up with, eBayTunes, eBayCDBaby, eBayBooks, eBayMovies?

They're probably too late for any of these parties.

Even more recent, good ideas with gadgets to play them on (Neil Young's PonoPlayer springs to mind, Barnes & Noble's booknook thingy) failed because they took too long to reach the market or were otherwise late contenders that's time had past already.  

And imagine eBay keeping its servers up long enough to download anything successfully...perish the thought.








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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Aug 29 16:56:55 2018

Brian Burke is lying (of course)

Its ALL about VERO and the back end hidden monies ... geez - its just SO SIMPLE.

Going over a few things:

1) ebay is all about control - they cant have random sellers "selling" digital codes, movie downloads etc. Theres simply NO CONTROL.

2) the rules (chargebacks/returns) for digital items are different then for physical goods - another thing eBay cant control or mandate

3) VERO charges makers money for the special software that they sell to them - that bypasses regular search - to VERO people off eBay. Its illogical then to have digital downloads that eBay cant control and cant charge the makers for.

Having digital content in any fashion is only eBays attempt to try and bring people to the site. How they can (legally) restrict that category to ONLY ONE SELLER - makes no sense.

Another eBay failure.

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by: eBay Shill Buster This user has validated their user name.

Wed Aug 29 17:04:36 2018

Any seller of Digital Goods knows that only scammers will sell on eBay because they all already sell here.

 https://www.digitalriver.com/

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by: maxmad This user has validated their user name.

Wed Aug 29 17:35:47 2018

We sold tens of thousands of build plans on ebay, very successful , then they banned them, / buried them to classified, oh well, their loss as usual.

We still sell downloads on our website,

ebay is operated by completely incompetent asshole fools,

WE WILL NEVER EVER LIST OUR DIGITAL ITEMS ON EBAY AGAIN

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Wed Aug 29 17:45:06 2018

Another day, another eBay scheme to bolster its third quarter financials.  

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by: ebayout This user has validated their user name.

Wed Aug 29 18:09:50 2018

I'm gonna don my Columbo hat...
It's too easy to believe that Wenig et al are leaking their "save the 3rd quarter" ideas in advance to stockbrokers, who then pass them on to willing chumps.
Nothing else can explain the slow uptick in the stock price.
The only real plausible leak left is that they'll start to pay dividends.

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by: maxmad This user has validated their user name.

Wed Aug 29 18:40:17 2018

in 2008 when ebay banned all digital content it was devastating to us, we could not believe what they did, and if you were caught listing a digital item on the main search, they gave out life time suspensions, the feedback story was just beyond crazy, our digital content was in the $20 range, so the feedback story they fed us was just BS there were plenty of .01 cent listings to get feedback,


Since then ebay has made Feedback 100% useless, with endless policies on top of policies, and policies for policies, that's all ebay is good for, making more useless policies, to conflict with their other policies

Digital items are still banned on ebay, on the main search, but people still list them, now mostly hackers from Russia, and scammers who copy others items and sell them, when it comes to digital items on ebay, you would have to be stupid to even buy and download this stuff, there's a good chance all you are going to get is illegal pirated software, virus filed files, or malware, ebay now does nothing to stop it,

Anyone honest doesn't list digital on ebay it's all mostly scammers now,

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Wed Aug 29 20:28:27 2018

eBay needs to get their own 'digital content' in much better order before they can even hope to achieve anything beyond chaos and anarchy attempting to corral the sale of other's.

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Wed Aug 29 21:19:01 2018

"King Human" was the star of How to sell digital content on Ebay, about 17 years ago.
The Ebay disappeared the whole digital thing.
Ebay's Make Work scheme is a waste of life and is the sport of the wholesale untalented.
They should have left it alone at 2001.
Everything was just fine.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Wed Aug 29 21:41:52 2018

CODE: JUSTRELAX for 20% off on selected eBay sellers!

Just bought a Torque Tester and saved $11.86 which made it cheaper then the cheapest price on Amazon!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ric

Wed Aug 29 22:14:37 2018

OK, let's say you were a legitimate seller of digital goods back in 2008 when eBay decided to decimate your business.

eBay did not want your business, now they just want your money because they are more desperate today than they were when they threw you under the bus.

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by: maxmad This user has validated their user name.

Wed Aug 29 23:26:24 2018

@Ric

yes, they definitely thru us under the bus, then reversed back over us to make sure we were really done,

We just could not believe what the morons did, digital items were a huge part of online business back then, and have only grown bigger

after 10 years somehow they think they are going to re-gain market share , these people are are absolutely pure delusional idiots

Just going to be Another ebay failure

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Aug 30 07:24:44 2018

EB needs to hire someone with the title, "Futurist"!  They owned Half.com which was a book, media and CD site.  And which would have been perfect for "digital content."  Poor Ebay always the bridesmaid never the bride.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Aug 30 09:08:02 2018

1/2.com would have been the best place to do digital items ...

some questions remain:

How will sellers avoid the VERO ban hammer that eBay loves to use to harass sellers?

Would it only be available (ability to sell digital goods) to a few people (aka secret back door deal with Marvel etc)

How would chargebacks/issues be solved? An eBay crooked buyer can buy the item, use it or watch it - then claim they didnt (came used of course).

SOME digital downloads are not meant to be sold, how do you police that? (like the ones bundled with BD discs)

Lastly - why bury it in classifieds? whats the point of that ????

DOPES

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This user has validated their user name. by: IDKwhoIare

Thu Aug 30 09:47:24 2018

"...would you jump in?" - Ina

Absolutely not.  I cannot imagine anything...and I mean anything...that would coerce me into using eBay for selling or buying again.  So many reasons to never look back and not one single reason to consider them as a serious option for a venue.

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by: extremetm This user has validated their user name.

Thu Aug 30 10:15:19 2018

ebay didn't 'miss' the boat. They never had a ticket to begin with. The only group digital content would benefit is ebay's vast customer base of scumbags and scammers. No thanks!

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This user has validated their user name. by: FEEbay

Thu Aug 30 11:50:22 2018

"Would you jump back in"
HELL and NO.....
1.) Digital downloads on software are the easiest buyer scam out there... There is no tracking or proof of delivery, and time after time..... a buyer will say "not as described" after registering the software...
2.) VERO---- Rights owners will be all over the place doing takedowns
3.) Why would we help Ebay with ANYTHING at this point?

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This user has validated their user name. by: FEEbay

Thu Aug 30 11:51:20 2018

@PACE306
If Brian Burke has his fingerprints on ANYTHING? RUN FOR THE HILLS PEOPLE!

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by: Tiffee Jasso This user has validated their user name.

Thu Aug 30 12:35:45 2018

Folks will have to be very careful with selling their digital items on Ebay. Presently, Ebay states in their agreement that you when you list a digital item on Ebay, you give them all rights to that item and content in the item, FOREVER!  

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Aug 30 13:05:54 2018

@FEEbay

%100 correct my friend :)

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