Will this goofy eBay idea work?

by Jeffery 12 replies
This is a little 3 step plan I have in mind.

1. Create a quality ClickBank Store selling eBooks.

2. Create an eBay auction selling one of the eBooks in the ClickBank store.

Here is the goofy idea ...

***** On the eBay Auction create a "link" to the same product on the ClickBank store *****

3. Price the product in the ClickBank store "One Dollar More" than the auction!
+ In BOLD comments, simply state "Buy One & Get A Different One Free eMailed to You."


Here is what I am thinking. If I were an eBay shopper and clicked through to the ClickBank store and see that for only $1.00 more I could have two eBooks instead of just one I would buy from the ClickBank store.

Note. I have not sold anything on eBay since 2004, so I may or may not be breaking any eBay rules?

That's all. What do you think?

Jeffery 100% :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Jose Delgado
    I think linking outside of eBay is against the rules now.

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  • Profile picture of the author thegamecat
    I say go for it, whats the worse that could happen!!!
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      • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
        Ebay have pretty much stopped allowing digital downloads now. If they haven't yet in your territory, it's only a matter of time .

        So I'm afraid it's a non starter.

        Frank
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          Originally Posted by Jose Delgado View Post

          I think linking outside of eBay is against the rules now.

          Yikes, that is a stopper!

          Originally Posted by thegamecat View Post

          I say go for it, whats the worse that could happen!!!
          Well, I would hope that I would not get banned or something?

          Originally Posted by Waseem View Post

          i think you can put it down as a link outside ebay for "further information" as it is indeed the same product

          ..worth a try certainly...
          That might work if I expounded on the eBook such as review or testimonials.. and create a savvy link to the store?

          Originally Posted by e-mail2u View Post

          You will have to either make it into a physical product or use the classified ads as eBay banned digital delivery.

          Plus they are currently messing up the links policy... so be warned!
          Classified Ads! That's a good suggestion! Thank you!

          Originally Posted by Tim Franklin View Post

          Actually I believe it would be considered fee avoidance.

          and could get you removed from ebay, you can do discreet links as long as you are not selling the same product somewhere else.
          Given the "fee avoidance" policy I can see eBay's reasoning, but I wonder.. even though it is the same product the CB store would be a different offer. Would that float? Not trying to be a bad guy, but food for thought, er discussion :-)

          Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

          Ebay have pretty much stopped allowing digital downloads now. If they haven't yet in your territory, it's only a matter of time .

          So I'm afraid it's a non starter.

          Frank
          Does that also apply to the Classified Ads Frank?
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          • Profile picture of the author James Liberty
            For what it's worth, I just found this on the Ebay website:


            March 24, 2008
            Brian Burke

            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.
            Sincerely,

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            • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
              Originally Posted by James Gilchrist View Post

              For what it's worth, I just found this on the Ebay website:


              March 24, 2008
              Brian Burke

              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.
              Sincerely,

              Brian Burke
              Director, Global Feedback Policy
              Good post, I was wondering about that, I remember reading about the change, but now you can see how rumors can get started.

              thanks for setting the record straight.
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              • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
                Originally Posted by Tim Franklin View Post

                Good post, I was wondering about that, I remember reading about the change, but now you can see how rumors can get started.

                thanks for setting the record straight.
                Unfortunately the record is anything but straight. There is still much debate in various eBay forums on what can actually be included in classified ads. EBay themselves have been somewhat less than clear about the whole area of digital downloads.

                It seems that you cannot include any links to your product or website (which is one of the steps outlined in the OP) even though you may be able to sell a digitally delivered product via a classified ad.

                Given that eBay could well change their policy again (or re-define it against your interests) it would be a risky strategy to spend a lot of time and effort on a method that relied solely on the current eBay guidelines.

                I'd give it another few months to see how things pan out.

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            • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
              Thank you James! I was just getting ready toGoogle eBay Calssified Ads Policy and eBay Digital Download Policy.

              Now, it makes me wonder if anyone has had any success with the whole mess.

              Jeffery 100% :-)
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      You will have to either make it into a physical product or use the classified ads as eBay banned digital delivery.

      Plus they are currently messing up the links policy... so be warned!
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    Actually I believe it would be considered fee avoidance.

    and could get you removed from ebay, you can do discreet links as long as you are not selling the same product somewhere else.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Liberty
    Hmmm.... I don't think it will fly.

    First of all, Ebay is no longer allowing the sale of electronically delivered products. (This change occurred about a month ago).

    So, that said... how are you going to list an electronically delivered product on their site?

    Even if you can list it, I think Ebay would eventually catch on... and ban your auction. (Though you may be able to get away with it for a little while).

    Anyway, unless Ebay has done a "180" on their electronic delivery policy... I think you may have some problems.

    If I were you, I'd do a little research to see if you are currently allowed to sell an eBook through their site. If you can, then the door might be open for you... at least for a little while.
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      Originally Posted by James Gilchrist View Post

      Hmmm.... I don't think it will fly.

      First of all, Ebay is no longer allowing the sale of electronically delivered products. (This change occurred about a month ago).

      So, that said... how are you going to list an electronically delivered product on their site?
      Don't know. From what I have learnt from this thread maybe the Classified Ads?
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