Selling own Amazon Book via ebay

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Hi there,

if this has been asked before ...my apologies but I couldn't find a satisfying answer.

I have just released a book on createspace/Amazon. The question I have can I market that on eBay and let it ship directly from Amazon/createspace to the customer ? Is that allowed ? I haven't seen any TOC that says you can't but would appreciate a few comments from some more experienced sellers/authors.

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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    If your book is enrolled in KDP select you can't as that program requires you to only sell from Amazon. As for having Amazon ship to an eBay customer, I don't know. Would be a good question for them.
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  • Profile picture of the author 4hdddd
    Ask directly to the customer support at amazon
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    • Profile picture of the author marciayudkin
      If your book is enrolled in KDP select you can't as that program requires you to only sell from Amazon.
      That is an incorrect statement.

      If your book is enrolled in KDP select, you cannot sell the digital version of the book anywhere except Amazon. You can sell the paperback version (Createspace) anywhere you like, including eBay.

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  • Profile picture of the author fatchap
    Well I'm not a lawyer so I suggest you have to look at the T&C very carefully. And I bet they are of no help at all Ebay would get their fees as normal and create space their cut so logic would suggest no problem but logic and business seldom go hand in hand
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  • Profile picture of the author David Hooper
    Yes, sell it on Ebay. It's a great distribution outlet, but great in that you'll get contact info from your customers.

    The KDP clause mentioned above only pertains to digital distribution. If you own a physical copy of a book, you can sell it anywhere you want, even if you don't own the copyright to the book.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      I remember reading something a couple of years ago that advocated doing something very like this.

      As best I remember, it was something like this:

      > List the item on eBay, preferably something that typically sold there for more than Amazon charged.
      > At the end of the auction, collect the payment and shipping info.
      > Buy the item from Amazon, specify that it's a gift, so the receipt doesn't show how much you really paid, and ship to the buyer.

      For physical items, all perfectly legitimate. You did have the downside risk of an item selling for less than the Amazon price, but that's down to product selection.

      For your own book, that risk is minimized because you also collect the royalties on the sale.

      Kindle books don't enter into the equation, as eBay hasn't allowed sales of digital downloads in several years. I could be wrong, but I thought the only place you could offer digital products was via eBay classifieds and then only in certain categories.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Hooper
    It's worth nothing that there are a ton of people selling digital good on eBay, but most send them on a CD-R, so there is a physical product to keep within the new TOS.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by David Hooper View Post

      It's worth nothing that there are a ton of people selling digital good on eBay, but most send them on a CD-R, so there is a physical product to keep within the new TOS.
      Right you are. You can offer a CD-ROM with an immediate download "as a courtesy". The download alone, though, is a non-starter.

      I do wonder how long that's going to last, though. I've read more than one blog post advocating not sending the CD unless the buyer complains. If they do, you immediately, and publicly, send the "replacement".
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