In a move that will make selling digital downloads more profitable for ebay, they are forcing all downloadable products to be listed as Classified Ads only…

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

So this is a ploy to avoid people getting too high a feedback by selling digital products.  Heck I wasn’t worried about getting feedback, but making sales and generating leads.  So why the heck did I open up an eBay store, then?

I am kind of dismayed at this, but some of the eBay marketers are really upset, because ebooks were their livelihood.  I read a few posts where people were practically in tears over losing this income stream.  I also think it will cut into eBay’s own income streams since the products will definitely not be advertised in the quantities they had been.  I will try using one classified ad and see what kind of results I get, and if it is worthwhile, I may keep going, but now it appears that I will have to create DVD’s and CD’s of my products and have the products dropshipped if I want to stay on eBay.

Tell me what you think of this!

Have an amazing day!

Micheal Savoie

PS – I think this is a good time to set up Rapid Action Profits for your digital products and create a classified ad driving traffic to your RAP sales page.

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