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Sell eBooks on eBay Properly

by Sean Mal

in Selling

Can I sell ebooks on ebay?

Yes, why not?

Is selling eBooks on eBay easy?

Yes and no!

It depends how you want to do it.

Why does it matter?

I’ll explain it below:

If you want to sell eBooks with no or little profit, it’ll be different than selling eBooks for profit just like any other item you sell. Selling eBooks for profit is fairly easy because you would sell them like other items in accordance with eBay policies.

However, to sell eBooks for free (I mean with no profit) is not that easy.

Why sell eBooks and take no profit out of it?

Well…sometimes sellers need to do that. In eBay world, there’s a lot going on. As you get more experienced and more you read this blog, you’ll understand better… ;)

I cover selling eBooks for profit here. Selling eBooks for no profit is more delicate and I’ll cover that in my newsletter for interested readers.

In order to sell eBooks you need to have them first! I have numerous sellable eBooks. You can also find free e-books online. Be sure to check if the eBook can be sold, i.e., if you will have Reseller Rights.

Then list them in “Books” category and make sure you mention that you actually ship a CD with the eBook(s) on it.

Describe the e-books correctly and as much as the buyer has a clear idea of what he can expect to read about.

It’s going to cost you a little over a dollar to send the CD by Media Mail or First Class so after paying for CD and eBay and paypal fees (if you use paypal), you’ll end up price the eBook(s) a little over $2 for minimal profit. The more you price them above that the more your profit will be.


Make sure to upload tracking number (or delivery confirmation number) to eBay or paypal after you send the CD.

You can burn a lot of eBooks on a CD so you can sell one or more eBooks in a single eBay listing.

Do ebooks sell?

Heck, yes!! People buy eBooks even the outdated ones. You can even CREATE an eBook then sell YOUR OWN eBook at a premium price!!

Take care not to violate any ebay policy and keep your customers (reasonably) happy and you should be fine.

That’s about it. Follow the steps above and you’ll see that selling eBook on eBay this way is not that complicated.

It’s your turn!

Have you ever sold eBooks? Do you have something to say? Why not share it below?

 

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Jen @ Ecommerce Website Builder April 16, 2012

Offering ebooks on your own website can be very attractive to site visitors.
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Sean Mal April 16, 2012

Yes. That’s right. And if you want to sell them on ebay, this article hopefully is useful.

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trading strategies April 17, 2012

Selling books on eBay is one of the strategies that internet marketers do to make money online. Reading your post guide readers on what should be done properly, will give an edge on how to entice prospect to buy your ebooks as there’s even a tough competition on eBay. Thanks for sharing! :)

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Sean Mal April 23, 2012

…and it needs to be done properly!
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UII_Official April 17, 2012

thank you for the information … hopefully continue to provide interesting information like this… :)

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Sean Mal April 17, 2012
Make Money Online April 21, 2012

I wonder if there are special marketplaces where you can sell only digital items that doesn’t need to be burned on cd and shipped. For many people it would be much easier to provide a download link to their products and the consumer could download it immediately. I think this is a win-win for both of them.

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Sean Mal April 23, 2012

As far as I know ebay frowns upon that. But it can be done. I explain it in my newsletter. Thanks for your comment.
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Bono August 9, 2014

I really appreciate free, succinct, reliable data like this.

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Avery April 23, 2012

Any company may benefit from the web; they only need to find out the best way. There are several issues a business could to this have the freedom to market independently as well as generate more cash.

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Sean Mal May 8, 2012

…and selling eBooks online is one of the benefits the web is giving you. :)
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Iku Eno June 10, 2012

Hi! This is great. I bus be really as simple as you explained it huh? I have an online business currently that I love. I had no idea how possible it was to have an online business AND be profitable with it. This has sparked an interest in other possibilities for online business and I love books. But ebooks? They really sell? Wow, this is worth a consideration! Thanks

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Sean Mal June 10, 2012

Yes ebooks sell and this post explains (partially ;) ) how to sell ebooks online. Thanks for visiting.
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