$19,233.89 & 147,041 Page Views From One eBay Listing Selling Public Domain Material

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I rarely post here on the forum but thought I'd share this with my fellow warriors.

EBay to me, is one of the easiest ways to get started when trying to make money online. You don't need to build a website to sell there, they host your images and listings. You don't need to drive traffic to your listings, eBay attracts millions of buyers each and every month. There's little to learn to get started. You can literally start making money within 24 hours.

So, what do you sell?

For the past 3 years I've earned my living from selling public domain material on eBay. The great thing about public domain material is that it can be sold as is without modifying or altering it.

Here's an example of a seller selling public domain material (his listing has generated $19,233.89)

24books Home Canning Self-Sufficiency Recipes Backwoods | eBay

The seller is selling 24 public domain ebooks on home canning. These ebooks can easily be found by searching on archive.org. Also if you notice, the listing does little selling and is very simple yet, it's generated close to $20,000 and 147,041 page views (see counter towards the bottom of the listing). Not bad for a 50 cent a month listing. This reinforces what was said earlier that ebay is one of the easiest ways to start making money.

Now if you browse through the seller's items you'll notice that this isn't the only item he sells. Most of the items he sells contain public domain material. Using Terapeak I was able to see just how much he makes from all of his listings, and they've generated over $9,000 in 30 days!

This is only one seller, there's a lot more sellers that sell PD material.

Here's a tip for finding more PD items that SELL. Most sellers include a notice stating that the item they are selling is in the public domain. To find these listings type "public domain" (cd, dvd) into ebay's search engine and check mark "include description" and hit search.



Most of the PD items that are sold on eBay can be found on archive.org or by searching on google.

I hope that you found this post to be informative and of value, but remember, this post is worthless if you do nothing with it. Having said that, go take some action!
#$19 #domain #ebay #listing #material #public #public domain #selling
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
    EBay is so passe these days in the internet marketing world. Now its on to Facebook and how to make money with Twitter and offline business.

    This is a great post about somebody still making great money with a relatively simple business selling something people want. Thank you for sharing.
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    • Profile picture of the author sevenish
      Originally Posted by JMichaelZ View Post

      EBay is so passe these days in the internet marketing world.
      I like passe just fine if I can make it work. I'll leave it to others to keep chasing the latest thing.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
        Originally Posted by sevenish View Post

        I like passe just fine if I can make it work. I'll leave it to others to keep chasing the latest thing.
        You didn't hear me saying passe was bad, for sure. If you, or Efrain interpreted it that way, please accept my apologies, I meant nothing wrong at all. I think those are the products that work forever.

        I have spent a few years beating WebMD with a 10 page, now 11 page static site in a niche topic. I make an excellent amount of money every month on a very "dull" topic that just happens to be something people want to know about.

        I think it is very cool that you can find PD material with the wayback machine site, I had never realized that.
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  • Profile picture of the author mcmallyjon
    Who would of thought preserving jams could be so popular/profitable?

    Though I do enjoy making my own jam from my own organically grown Strawberries.
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  • Profile picture of the author kevinw1
    Fer crying out loud - those books are outdated enough that the canning information is downright dangerous. Not to mention you can get the safest and most updated info on canning free from the USDA.

    <shakes head>
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    • Profile picture of the author Meharis
      Originally Posted by kevinw1 View Post

      Fer crying out loud - those books are outdated enough that the canning information is downright dangerous. Not to mention you can get the safest and most updated info on canning free from the USDA.

      <shakes head>
      I doubt they will be used.
      They buy it as an antique.
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    • Profile picture of the author chemo38
      Originally Posted by kevinw1 View Post

      Fer crying out loud - those books are outdated enough that the canning information is downright dangerous. Not to mention you can get the safest and most updated info on canning free from the USDA.

      <shakes head>
      Any U.S. government publication is Public Domain, too!
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      • Profile picture of the author Efrain Hernandez
        Originally Posted by chemo38 View Post

        Any U.S. government publication is Public Domain, too!
        Your absolutely right, thank you for mentioning that.
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        • You have *got* to be kidding.

          I looked at some of those auctions. Most that start at 99 cents end at 99 cents, and shipping is about $1.53, which exactly covers postage plus delivery confirmation.

          Out of that 99 cents comes eBay fees, PayPal fees, the cost of the CD you burned this crud onto...

          And let's not forget the time you spend answering emails from people who don't read the explanation of what a book on CD is or just don't get it and need it explained to them v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y.

          Just what I want to do with my life: Ship out dozens of CDs every day.

          Sorry, but smart people get OUT of the shipping business and into the selling business.

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          • Profile picture of the author Efrain Hernandez
            Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

            You have *got* to be kidding.

            I looked at some of those auctions. Most that start at 99 cents end at 99 cents, and shipping is about $1.53, which exactly covers postage plus delivery confirmation.

            Out of that 99 cents comes eBay fees, PayPal fees, the cost of the CD you burned this crud onto...

            And let's not forget the time you spend answering emails from people who don't read the explanation of what a book on CD is or just don't get it and need it explained to them v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y.

            Just what I want to do with my life: Ship out dozens of CDs every day.

            Sorry, but smart people get OUT of the shipping business and into the selling business.

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            That's exactly why I avoid posting on here. There's always someone that has something negative to say. Didn't like my post? Why didn't you simply click the back button and ignore it?

            Smart people? A smart person would not waste their time researching 99 cent auctions. They would find products that are profitable and selling. A smart person would not burn the CDs themselves. They would use a CD manufacturing company like Kunaki to dropship the CDs. A smart person would have done their research first before posting.

            You obviously do not know how to make money on eBay, so don't post as if you do.
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            • Originally Posted by Efrain Hernandez View Post

              You obviously do not know how to make money on eBay, so don't post as if you do.
              eBay userid jcearrings
              Feedback 29,733
              Positive Feedback (last 12 months): 100%
              Member since: Nov-03-99 in United States

              You can close your mouth now. Flies might wander in.

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          • Profile picture of the author Kecia
            Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

            You have *got* to be kidding.

            I looked at some of those auctions. Most that start at 99 cents end at 99 cents, and shipping is about $1.53, which exactly covers postage plus delivery confirmation.

            Out of that 99 cents comes eBay fees, PayPal fees, the cost of the CD you burned this crud onto...

            And let's not forget the time you spend answering emails from people who don't read the explanation of what a book on CD is or just don't get it and need it explained to them v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y.

            Just what I want to do with my life: Ship out dozens of CDs every day.

            Sorry, but smart people get OUT of the shipping business and into the selling business.

            fLufF
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            You must not have looked at the specific seller the OP is talking about.

            Most of his products are selling between $3.99 and $5.99. I looked at 5-6 of his products and figured up he made well over $200 on June 1...and that's just on the few products of his I looked at. I didn't figure in the shipping fee, because I am sure it is eaten up between ebay fees and the actual cost to ship.

            His description sounds like he's making the CD's at home, though he could easily outsource it to Kunaki or somewhere similar. I'd guess the seller would be doing 90% of the work (listing auctions, burning CD's, putting them in envelopes, etc) upfront so that the earnings are somewhat passive once they roll in...but every business model requires some kind of investment of time and/or money.

            I don't know about you, but it I could make $200+ a day but it required a 5 minute trip to the post office, I'd gladly take it!
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          • Profile picture of the author cashtree
            Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

            You have *got* to be kidding.

            I looked at some of those auctions. Most that start at 99 cents end at 99 cents, and shipping is about $1.53, which exactly covers postage plus delivery confirmation.

            Out of that 99 cents comes eBay fees, PayPal fees, the cost of the CD you burned this crud onto...

            And let's not forget the time you spend answering emails from people who don't read the explanation of what a book on CD is or just don't get it and need it explained to them v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y.

            Just what I want to do with my life: Ship out dozens of CDs every day.

            Sorry, but smart people get OUT of the shipping business and into the selling business.

            fLufF
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            Tell that to amazon, or red box or netflix...ebay easily allows you to set a "reserve" price, to where if it's not met you don't have to send your item, clearly this guy can afford to sell for 99c, because there's no way he's not aware of the reserve price by now.
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            • Profile picture of the author jasonl70
              Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

              Just what I want to do with my life: Ship out dozens of CDs every day.
              I was burning out big time on ebay because of this.. boxing and shipping 10-20 items a day (usually international, which also meant filling out customs forms)

              Originally Posted by TryBPO View Post

              Using eBay as a lead generator doesn't seem like a bad idea
              bingo!

              I was wondering if anyone had caught this.. if I had the right backend in place, I would happily do this for a LOSS (assuming I had someone else dealing with the shipping ).. think about it - he's building a list of niche buyers.

              I used to coach aspiring ebay sellers, and I would try to explain variations of this idea to them (loss leaders, back end sales, etc). Among other things, it would allow them to sell things for zero mark-up (either to compete with someone with a cheaper source, or to clobber the competition). Unfortunately, most didn't seem to really get it.
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  • Profile picture of the author marcromero
    if only it were that easy--(ebay I mean)
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    • Profile picture of the author Efrain Hernandez
      Originally Posted by marcromero View Post

      if only it were that easy--(ebay I mean)
      Really? What do you find hard about it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Efrain Hernandez
    JMichaelZ, no need to apologize. I definitely understand what you meant.

    Facebook advertising and twitter may be more popular among marketers. However, eBay (to me) is still a viable option for making money online that is often overlooked.
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  • Profile picture of the author harryhumph
    Even though he mad almost 20k, very little of it is probably profit because you have to take out the cost of shipping and all the fees. But if it were that easy, there would be a lot more millionaires
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    • Profile picture of the author Efrain Hernandez
      Originally Posted by harryhumph View Post

      Even though he mad almost 20k, very little of it is probably profit because you have to take out the cost of shipping and all the fees. But if it were that easy, there would be a lot more millionaires
      I disagree. He's charging $3.50 for shipping. Shipping is only $1.75. They are profiting close to 20k just from that listing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
      This person has positioned themselves well. Between their ebay username and the tags they are using for people to find the sales page, they have done an excellent job at turning jam recipes into a survival item for folks looking for off the grid solutions.

      The original CD is priced with shipping to bring in about 9.50 US a sale. I don't know the ins and outs of EBay fees but I had read that recently they changed their fee structure. I don't really how it changed because I don't know what it was like before.

      The sale page is clearly labeled for education and informational purposes only. And the only thing that is discount price is the shipping on additional units.

      This is a really well positioned product. Thanks again Efrain.
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      • Profile picture of the author John Rogers
        There are a lot of CDs full of public domain information on eBay. They come up in my search results quite often when looking for books. I suspect the successful sellers are the ones who keyword stuff the hell out of their listings. I haven't purchased any of them, so I don't know if the sellers are smart enough to work the back end. Seems like a no brainer to me.
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      • Profile picture of the author Efrain Hernandez
        Originally Posted by JMichaelZ View Post

        This person has positioned themselves well. Between their ebay username and the tags they are using for people to find the sales page, they have done an excellent job at turning jam recipes into a survival item for folks looking for off the grid solutions.
        Absolutely and that may be one of the reasons why his listings are successful.

        The original CD is priced with shipping to bring in about 9.50 US a sale. I don't know the ins and outs of EBay fees but I had read that recently they changed their fee structure. I don't really how it changed because I don't know what it was like before.
        I honestly think the seller could charge more and make more if they improved their listings. I never price my items below 9.99. At the hands of a good marketer this item could sell a lot more.

        The fees have changed. They lowered the insertion fees for ebay stores but increased the final value fees. Therefor reducing the costs for unsuccessful listings.

        The sale page is clearly labeled for education and informational purposes only. And the only thing that is discount price is the shipping on additional units.

        This is a really well positioned product. Thanks again Efrain.
        Your very welcome.
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  • Profile picture of the author italiandude
    Great post. I liked checking out the ebay sellers information. People often forget about how valuable public domain material can be!
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  • Profile picture of the author pydy9916
    thanks for the great post Efrain..I have had some minor sucess with PLR but in another way..Amazon and Kindle books. I won't go into it here but it can be done. If you put a little effort into "polishing" PLR or packaging it right you can make money on it.

    I just might look into the ebay thing with my existing products..thanks a bunch!!
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi Efrain,

      I'm actually veering on the side of fluffythewondercat.

      I had a business like this on ebay nearly a decade ago. I still promote ebay as an affiliate.

      What's more important is to try and see how many people are wasting time and money trying to make a success of a business like this and compare that with what you know about this person who appears to have made a success of it.

      It's too simplistic to point to one example where no one has the exact details of their earnings.

      The same thing applies to any other one off example - facebook, ebay themselves, twitter. Just because these websites have succeeded does not mean that everyone else can (or should) model those businesses purely on that basis. Just because Joe Bloggs won $100m on the lottery does not mean that we should all throw money and time at it and not allowing anyone to make that point is not helpful.

      There is always something to learn and I'm not suggesting that posts like this are not interesting, helpful or useful. But as you may have noticed, I'm also a proponent of examining the negatives as well as the positives. To refuse to allow any negative questioning of a theory is not helpful - those negative questions could be just as valid, interesting and useful as positive comments (if not more.)

      That's exactly why I avoid posting on here. There's always someone that has something negative to say.
      This is a lame complaint. It gets used way too often. I'll explain further.

      If you hired an investment advisor, would you adopt the same rules? Say you said to them, 'I've found this possible investment and I think it's a winner, what do you think?' And they replied, 'don't touch it. It's too risky.' Would you find a different advisor who only said positive things? That would be financial suicide.

      Well there is a correlation between investment advice and what we talk about here. People invest their time, money, energy and hopes and dreams on what they learn here, therefore there has to be a grown-up attitude towards both positive and negative comments, particularly if the provider is trying to help and be constructive, otherwise all of the posts become useless if no one is allowed to offer what you conceive to be negative comments.

      Didn't like my post? Why didn't you simply click the back button and ignore it?
      See above.

      The crux of this is that it's a product that has very low seller input. There's not a lot of creativity involved. Even if someone cannot write to save their life, they can attempt to sell PD. Therefore, it's one of those ideas where the competition level is raised, because the easier and more simple something is to do, the higher the level of competition (generally) because there's a lower barrier to entry.

      People who don't know how to build and host websites and drive traffic sell digital products on ebay because ebay does that for them, and provides a marketplace/traffic - and they take their cut for it, therefore the margins are lower.

      This is an example of being honest and realistic, or you can choose to view it as an example of negativity if that suits you. It's actually a negative trait to see negativity somewhere where there may not necessarily be any.

      I invite intelligent constructive criticism of anything I say here (or elsewhere), because I learn from it. To disallow this would hinder my learning. Other peoples opinions are very valuable.

      Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Efrain Hernandez
    Thank you for you input ExRat, I truly enjoy reading your posts including this one.

    You can use Terapeak to calculate the seller's earnings. That's how I find items that are profitable. I wouldn't have suggested this had I not done my research. EBay is still a great way to make money if your new to making money online. If your already making money online from your digital products or affiliate marketing then this is probably not for you. The post geared towards newbies trying to make money online for their first time since this method requires no prior knowledge of article marketing, seo, adwords, product creation, etc.

    If you hired an investment advisor, would you adopt the same rules? Say you said to them, 'I've found this possible investment and I think it's a winner, what do you think?' And they replied, 'don't touch it. It's too risky.' Would you find a different advisor who only said positive things? That would be financial suicide.
    If that "possible investment" was already making me or someone else money and the proof was there, then yes I would find a different advisor.

    There are risks with most if not all money making methods.

    The crux of this is that it's a product that has very low seller input. There's not a lot of creativity involved. Even if someone cannot write to save their life, they can attempt to sell PD. Therefore, it's one of those ideas where the competition level is raised, because the easier and more simple something is to do, the higher the level of competition (generally) because there's a lower barrier to entry.
    That I agree with.

    People who don't know how to build and host websites and drive traffic sell digital products on ebay because ebay does that for them, and provides a marketplace/traffic - and they take their cut for it, therefore the margins are lower.
    Correct, perfect for someone who doesn't know how to build and host websites or drive traffic.

    This is an example of being honest and realistic, or you can choose to view it as an example of negativity if that suits you.
    Not at all. Your post contains a lot of valid points.

    intelligent constructive criticism
    I don't see how fluffythewondercat's post was intelligent constructive criticism.
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi Efrain,

      I don't see how fluffythewondercat's post was intelligent constructive criticism.
      I think it may have been a little too direct (for want of a better word) and on that basis was not likely to gain a positive response. It was a little bit incendiary

      Thanks for the reply, the compliment and for reading and comprehending what my point was.
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  • Profile picture of the author luzern
    Wow, that's a lot of profit for public domain material. Do they buyers realise that it's public domain material? Or they don't bother about it?
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    • Profile picture of the author ladywriter
      Originally Posted by luzern View Post

      Wow, that's a lot of profit for public domain material. Do they buyers realise that it's public domain material? Or they don't bother about it?
      In the listing posted here, there is no mention of PD material that I could see.

      But think of it this way: if you are looking for canning recipes and find them in that ebay listing, are you gonna care that they are "public domain"? How many people even know what that is? Are you going to forget the canning recipes and go find them yourself? I don't think many people know how to do that.

      I mean, people buy Dickens and Shakespeare books every day in bookstores.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kal Sallam
    Ebay is definitely a great way to drive loads of traffic if you

    just monetize and think out side the box.

    Example:

    1-Create classified ad

    2-Have it featured on the home page,

    3- Instant Targeted Traffic !

    Just my two cents.


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  • Profile picture of the author mrktxprt
    Thanks for sharing the info. There will be negative and positive press all the time. Just appreciate the fact that you wanted to share the info. Maybe it will help spark an idea in someone.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Hey Efrain,

    Thanks for posting this.

    I know it's easy to get negative responses but it is good that you shared it thinking it would inspire people.

    I've been using Ebay for many years and it's been very helpful to my bank account oo.

    Regarding that listing it is funny that the description says:

    "Brand New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages"

    It's one of those classic things where as IMers we can see straight through this stuff and see that it's just someone selling stuff that you can get free, but for the buyers they may never have found that information and if they value having it sent to them on CD and are happy to pay then I don't really see the problem.

    I do think that the revenue numbers are a bit misleading because aswell as the actual costs, the time taken to burn and take the CD to the post office would make it a waste of time for a lot of people - that's the reason I stopped focusing on Ebay years ago. I was able to make decent money but it was a lot of hassle and I am just not cut out for wrapping and posting stuff with my time. You could hire someone to do it but the point is - the actual cost is more than just what you make from a sale and burning the cd, packaging it and taking it to the post office only gets you $0.70 then you probably spent that in fuel and could make more from stuffing envelopes or working at Mcdonalds.

    So while at face value it may seem really profitable because the product costs nothing to produce actually delivering it is a different issue.

    There's definitely money to be made on Ebay but it's not suitable for everyone.

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  • Profile picture of the author pmcgrath
    hi Efrain
    Well many thanks for your useful posts especially interested to understand
    how to still make money on Ebay despite ebays management trying there best to drive away people
    But please tell me about this Terepak what is it that you canuse it to find profitable products on ebay and also calculate roughly what other people earn from there listings etc
    regards and thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamie Drew
    Sorry, but I'm little bit of a dumb ass. What exactly is "public domain material?"

    I realize how much of an idiot I sound, but I need to know haha!
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi JamieD87,

      What exactly is "public domain material?"
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      • Profile picture of the author jhanley
        Hi JamieD87,

        Quote:
        What exactly is "public domain material?"
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        Loved your link ExRat it had me on the floor laughing.
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        • Profile picture of the author ExRat
          Hi jhanley,

          Loved your link ExRat it had me on the floor laughing.
          I know it can look like outright snarkiness for the sake of it, but the reason I like that site is because beyond the sarcastic nature of it, lies a really important and useful lesson, particularly in terms of independence and initiative which I think are vital for entrepreneurs.

          Hopefully it encourages people to realise that asking certain types of questions on forums goes against this and is likely to lead to misinformation (what are the motives of the responders, who are often marketers with a vested interest?) Because SERPs results need to be filtered through in order to establish useful conclusions, practising this filtering process as much as possible is a good idea and also leads to a deeper understanding of how search engines work, which can't be a bad thing.

          I usually monitor threads to see if the person given a lmgtfy.com reply 'gets it', such as in this case where the 'thanks' seems to suggest that they did.
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      • Profile picture of the author vickybabe
        Originally Posted by ExRat View Post

        Hi JamieD87,



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        EXRAT, that is awesome how did you do that?
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  • Profile picture of the author MemberWing
    Originally Posted by Efrain Hernandez View Post

    ... it's generated close to $20,000 and 147,041 page views (see counter towards the bottom of the listing). Not bad for a 50 cent a month listing. This reinforces what was said earlier that ebay is one of the easiest ways to start making money.

    Now if you browse through the seller's items you'll notice that this isn't the only item he sells. Most of the items he sells contain public domain material. Using Terapeak I was able to see just how much he makes from all of his listings, and they've generated over $9,000 in 30 days!
    ...
    It generates tons of views indeed. But:
    I did search for the "completed listings" for this item and there are none that has been sold - just one that expired without bids. Well, if there are none that are sold - where these money are coming from? Unless I searching it wrong?

    Gleb
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    • Profile picture of the author Ken Strong
      Originally Posted by MemberWing View Post

      It generates tons of views indeed. But:
      I did search for the "completed listings" for this item and there are none that has been sold - just one that expired without bids. Well, if there are none that are sold - where these money are coming from? Unless I searching it wrong?

      Gleb
      I don't know, but if you go back and click directly on the item linked in the OP, there's a section on the right side of the page that says "Other Item Info," and at the bottom there's a History tab that currently says "3,698 sold." You can click on that and it shows you that it's selling several copies every day, including four today so far.
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      • Profile picture of the author MemberWing
        Originally Posted by Ken Strong View Post

        I don't know, but if you go back and click directly on the item linked in the OP, there's a section on the right side of the page that says "Other Item Info," and at the bottom there's a History tab that currently says "3,698 sold." You can click on that and it shows you that it's selling several copies every day, including four today so far.
        Wow, thats correct.
        Between the time I read your post and checked it - one more was sold.
        I certainly gotta look at eBay for my upcoming ebook sales platform!

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  • Profile picture of the author maxmed
    Great Info ! There's a ton of money to be made on ebay!
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  • Profile picture of the author MemberWing
    Also:
    162666 views translated into 3699 sales (at the moment of this writing) means ~2% conversion rate.
    This number also tells me that these views are purely organic either - likely organic eBay searches, not advertising.

    Gleb
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  • Profile picture of the author sefstar4uk
    I'm thinking about giving this a go, thanks for the info but I'm wondering why would you go through all the trouble of burning ebooks onto a CD/DVD and then shipping it, wouldn't it be quicker and cheaper just to give each buyer a download link after they've made a purchase?
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  • Profile picture of the author MemberWing
    It's against eBay policy re: downloadables.
    You have to ship physical piece of junk to fit ebay's TOS.
    So people are burning free ebooks to CD's and shipping them.
    Which is fine as long as buyer pays the shipping. It's extra like $1.5 -$2.00.
    The reason it all works - because eBay is the world's biggest search engine for buyers with credit card in their hands (or paypal accounts with extra cash).

    Gleb
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Bleach
    Wouldn't there be an inherent problem in selling PD material like this? Namely, what's to stop someone from buying your product, making tons of copies, then selling it on eBay for less than you?
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    • Profile picture of the author jacktackett
      Originally Posted by Robert Bleach View Post

      Wouldn't there be an inherent problem in selling PD material like this? Namely, what's to stop someone from buying your product, making tons of copies, then selling it on eBay for less than you?

      Since its public domain there is nothing stopping folks from doing this - but at some point it reaches a point of diminishing returns - you're either losing money or making very little. If you are not making a decent amount what's the point - as someone else said if you can make more working at McDonalds why go through such a hassle.

      The goal is to find a hungry market(Niche) and target your material to them.

      Thanks to Efrain for a good post and to all the others for pointing out the good and possible bad.

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      • Profile picture of the author goindeep
        My good friend used to make about 3K per month selling "personalized" weight loss diets and materials on eBay.

        The personalized came into it because he would categorize the people into male, female, young, old, fit, unfit.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
      Originally Posted by Robert Bleach View Post

      Wouldn't there be an inherent problem in selling PD material like this? Namely, what's to stop someone from buying your product, making tons of copies, then selling it on eBay for less than you?
      Sure... but my guess is that people with a survivalist
      mindset who are looking for old canning recipes probably
      aren't looking to start a business selling them.
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    • Profile picture of the author yeahvairily
      Wow - lots of stuff to think about here !
      I love this country !!
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  • Profile picture of the author bolo1107
    Hey this is certainly worth a "look-see". Never gave public domain material much thought before. Thanks for the heads-up Efrain!
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    • Profile picture of the author Brandon Mack
      Hi Efrain Hernandez,

      Great post, on such a simple business model and the proof is easy to see!

      Regards

      Jack
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  • Profile picture of the author TryBPO
    Ok, I tend to agree that selling items for less than $5.00, shipping the items, handling customer service questions, etc. HARDLY seems worth it. You end up working on a per-hour that just doesn't make sense. You could source all the work from 3rd parties, but with an item priced that low you don't have a ton of margin to work with and (I'm guessing) that would easily eat into your profit. What good is $9,000 in 30 days if your costs are $8,900 right?

    That being said...THAT many sales must have driven an extraordinary amount of traffic. Let's say you've outsourced most of the work and don't make a DIME on the eBay sales, but that traffic trickles in to your true money maker, with a higher sticker price and high profit margin. Using eBay as a lead generator doesn't seem like a bad idea...it's similar to giving away 90% or 100% to affiliates, but building your list, allowing for upsells, etc.

    You said $9,000 in sales in the last 30 days, right? I'll assume it was for a $1 item, ok? Let's say 9,000 items sold with a high estimated conversion of 5%....that's 180,000 visits or pairs of eyeballs in a month...impressive. Now...if you're breaking even...you have 180,000 potential visitors for FREE? Not bad!
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    Seems like an interesting way to make money. A lot of people overlook ebay nowadays.
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  • Profile picture of the author sefstar4uk
    Are professionally printed disc necessary for selling these burned discs?

    Or is writing the title with a felt tip mark pen on a plain disc sufficient?
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    • Profile picture of the author onlineleben
      Originally Posted by sefstar4uk View Post

      Are professionally printed disc necessary for selling these burned discs? Or is writing the title with a felt tip mark pen on a plain disc sufficient?
      You better make it look a little bit professional - you want to get positive feedback, right?

      An other product this ebayer sells comes with a printed paper label. You could also print directly on some CD/DVD.
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      • Profile picture of the author neoo28
        Good post , I am considering to start selling on ebay public domaine products. I did a lot of search and people making good money with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author onlineleben
    What good is $9,000 in 30 days if your costs are $8,900 right?
    Price: 5.99
    Shipping/handling: 3.49
    ebay cost for Buy it now: -0.50
    ebay sales fee (13%): -0.78
    cost of product: -1.20
    cost of shipping: -1.50
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    profit before overhead & taxes: 5,50
    Paypal fees not included here as I don't know for an amount of $ 9.48

    Do that about 200 times per month and it looks much better than flipping burgers.
    (hope I got the ebay fees correctly)
    There were 100 items of this product sold over the last 15 days.
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  • Profile picture of the author MemberWing
    I'd suggest to view it as a good opportunity to sell on eBay digital products (disguised as physical CD/DVD products).
    Although it's easier to spend 2 days scraping the web for valuable tips and assemble them as a targeted niche in-demand info product, rather than trying to present weirdo public domain information as something valuable.

    Gleb
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  • Profile picture of the author asc
    Ive been trying my hand for around 18 months - i say trying my hand as i quickly realised i have nil knowledge of computers really and, for me, i needed it. So i am now on formal education course in web/media/graphics. Not really put much effort into IM side as concentrated on just what i mentioned. However, finding this forum a few weeks ago has definately brought a spark! My point is it is only LAST WEEK i 'found out' that PLR even existed - imagine the thought of content being lifted from you! Up until then the content adding was draining, not that im throwing stuff straight on there but the fact i have stuff in front of me is a breather in itself!
    Ive not heard of selling public domain stuff on ebay, but looking at this im pretty sure im going to be looking at who is selling what on there!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Alan
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  • Profile picture of the author wonderd
    So what are the doing for the content? Just taking info off the internet and putting it into one ebook or rewording it?
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  • Profile picture of the author brocktoon93
    Thats a very interesting post, thanks! I used to do Ebay a ton 5 years ago, but some changes they did have made me stop. But it's good some people are making money . Incredible traffic generated for such a low price!
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  • Profile picture of the author philiptrav
    Interesting post. I don't like the idea of shipping things so I guess you could also put these things onto an ebook and sell them on your website etc?
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    • Profile picture of the author supremesales
      Bump on this. Apparently the seller's listing has ended and doesn't have any other listings. This seems to be recent as of today.

      Old link from OP still works.

      Fwtw, I used to sell software and informational ebooks on ebay via digital downloads back when they allowed it. They were all public domain too. I was banking 3k profit a month.

      It started to not be profitable as competition was lowering prices and even one of my customers resold my package, for $1.99 where I was selling $7.99. Finally got out of it after ebay killed digital delivery and required CD shipping. There is NO way you can make money with $1.99 CDs.

      But given this thread, I'm gonna have to look back on this.
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