Best Way To Sell eBook On E-Bay

by justkeith 15 replies
Hey guys,

I've just finished my first eBook and I'm putting together my site at the moment.

I'd like to sell it on E-Bay now but I know they don't allow the sale of eBooks anymore.

Is there any way around this? Do you think it's a good idea to sell it by printing it out from my computer and binding it? Or maybe putting it on cd?

Any help is much appreciated!
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  • Profile picture of the author hugofortin
    Hi,

    Good Idea!

    You should try to put it on CD. It will cost you less.

    bye

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  • Profile picture of the author justkeith
    Yeah I like the CD idea but I was thinking it might be a good idea to bind because it means other people can't sell it quite so easily.

    If I put it on CD, I'd be afraid that someone will buy it and then sell it on and undercut my price!
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Tunnah
      Hi
      I'd recommend using Kunaki. They'll produce professional looking cd's for you from your info. They can ship 1's for you as well so no large costs.


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  • Profile picture of the author Chris_L
    Maybe this is a job for http://www.lulu.com.
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  • Profile picture of the author SimonRiver
    Yeah, you'll have to sell it via a cd, they don't allow digital downloads anymore.
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  • Profile picture of the author justkeith
    What do people think of the printing & binding idea?
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    • Profile picture of the author KimW
      Originally Posted by justkeith View Post

      What do people think of the printing & binding idea?
      I have the equiptment to bind small booklets.I got it because I buy many ebooks and I like to print them out to read.
      I have to tell you tho this is NOT a cost effective way to sell anything.
      I would not recommend it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
        Originally Posted by KimW View Post

        I have the equiptment to bind small booklets.I got it because I buy many ebooks and I like to print them out to read.
        I have to tell you tho this is NOT a cost effective way to sell anything.
        I would not recommend it.
        Depends on the equipment.
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        • Profile picture of the author Frank Bruno
          I would put your digital products on CDs.

          Not only will you be complying with eBay's new rules for digital products, but you can also increase the perceived value of your product.

          A lot of people have no idea how to put their products on CD and yet have a product that looks as high as quality as possible so that their customers would be happy. Something that looks nice to increase the perceived value of your product.

          A lot of people recommend Kunaki and Lulu. However I would seriously consider producing your own CDs or DVDs.

          I've used Kunaki and yes they are a nice little service but I actually found that they hindered my ability to get products to market quick.

          Not only do you have to use their system to upload the files that you on your CDs or DVDs (which can take hours for some people are large files), but you also have to figure out how to design your graphics that will be printed on top your discs by using their online system.

          When I first used Kunaki it took me hours and hours of figure out all their stuff. Then when everything was said and done I had to wait for several days to ship my discs to me.

          On top of that I had shipping costs.

          So after everything was said and done I figured out how much it actually cost me to use Kunaki to produce my DVDs and CDs.

          It was a substantial amount more than I anticipated, so I started looking into other ways I could save myself a lot of time from monkeying around using their online system as well allow me to save a lot of money and bring my products to market the same day.

          And the way that I found was to produce my own DVDs and CDs. I developed a little system that I use where I can create my own high quality DVDs or CDs within minutes ready to sell right away.

          My cost?

          I can print my own discs, package it up, and send to anywhere in United States For around two dollars.

          With Kunaki, you have to waste your time trying to figure out how their system works, take hours to upload large files, disk costs, packaging costs , shipping costs (from Kunaki and to your customers), and a very slow time to get your product to market.

          So guys if you really want to save some money I would seriously consider making your own CDs and DVDs and skip using some of these services as they're not all that great as many make them out to be.

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  • Profile picture of the author petereff
    Hi,

    I sell ebooks and software on eBay auctions regularly and you must offer them on CD. This is easier and cheaper than mailing a physical book - I usually also offer postage discounts for multiple purchases (you can get a lot of ebooks on one CD) but suggest somewhere in my listing that the buyer contacts me for 'delivery options'.

    This gives you the option to offer a download once the auction is complete, although curiously no-one has taken this up yet - seems they feel happier paying the postage.

    However you can use the classified ad system an sell downloadable ebooks directly as this falls outside their feedback system so is acceptable.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Hillage
    CD will be easiest and most efficient - and if people are going to copy you they will do anyway (don't sweat it too much - especially if it stops you taking ANY action).
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  • Profile picture of the author gipjo
    I think that CD is the best option too. I bought myself many CDs (data) of eBooks. The other day I had something like 100 PLR eBooks for a very low price. I could see that the seller did the CD himself.
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  • Profile picture of the author ValleyArch
    Hi,

    If you want to have it produced and shipped for you on multimedia then Kunaki is the way to go. It's alot less expensive than you might think!

    You can find a free report on how to use Kunaki here.
    http://s235231209.websitehome.co.uk/...l_products.pdf

    You have to accept that if you sell a physical product the owner is allowed to sell it on. BUT! This can be an advantage. If you put further upsells, cross sells etc. in there or a link to your website or mailing list then you actually do want people to pass it on. How viral is that!

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  • Profile picture of the author mr2monster
    Hmm...

    Perhaps I'm the only one that likes the printing method.

    I used to do that back in high school. I only stopped because I ended up falling into a "real job" making considerably more.

    I've often thought about doing it again, but I've got too much other crap on my plate. It's not that hard to come up with a decent quality print using your own inkjet printer, and it doesnt take much more time than to burn a CD...

    Either way you're shipping something, so that's a wash.

    Plus you are increasing the likelihood that your product won't get copied.

    On top of that, I've found that people READ printed stuff more than stuff they have on a CD. They are able to take it wherever they want and read it, refer back to it, etc.



    The only smart thing to say here is this.

    TEST IT.

    Print up a few using your home printer. It won't cost you more than about 2.00 to do it.

    Sell those on ebay.

    Burn a few CD's.

    Sell those on ebay.

    Survey your customers.
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  • Profile picture of the author clogmoney
    Do CD based ebooks really work on ebay?? Never thought of that might have to give that one a try...
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