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You Sell Ultraviolet Codes on eBay, or Do You?

by Sean Mal

in Listing, Selling

Have you recently bought a new Blu-ray movie?

If so, there has probably been a code included, called “Ultraviolet Code”, that allows you to save a digital copy of the movie on your computer.

Have you ever thought to sell that ultraviolet code? If you thought about putting it on eBay, I caution you!

Why?

eBay might consider selling ultraviolet codes as copyright infringement, take the listing down, and slap a policy violation on your account. I said “might” because it’s not always the case.

I haven’t tried it myself but I know some sellers tried to sell ultraviolet codes on eBay and got a bad taste in their mouths.


The funny thing is that eBay allows some sellers to sell ultraviolet codes but takes down some other sellers’ listings and reward them a policy violation. You know, the typical selective policy enforcement going on by eBay.

However, if you really want to sell the code, maybe this tip helps you out:

experiment selling it as a bonus to another item (maybe a low-value item you really don’t care about). In that case, I recommend you put only the word “Bonus” in the title, maybe twice. Don’t mention ultraviolet code in the title.

Like I said, I haven’t tried selling ultraviolet codes on eBay so this is only a tip that may or may not work.

If you want to read more about Blu-ray and get good information and knowledge, there’s an excellent book by Jim Taylor, et. al which is a good read about this subject. You can get the book here.

If you have any experience or thought about this type of interesting eBay behavior, please do share.

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Edward Elsner June 2, 2012

Family Video is selling the codes for $1.50 to $3.00

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Sean Mal June 2, 2012

That’s an independent website. If you sell ultraviolet codes on eBay, it could go sour or smooth (depending on eBay mood at that time!!). Thanks for visiting.
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Upset Consumer August 21, 2012

I just recently listed a few ultraviolet codes on ebay that came with the blu-rays I purchased. I have no use for the uv codes so I was hoping to make a few bucks off of them instead of throwing them away. However, ebay didn’t agree with that and they removed my auctions and threatened to suspend/terminate my account. WTF?! I BOUGHT the movie with my money, I paid for the bundle, if I decided I didn’t want something or ALL of it I should be able to sell it! This is unjust!

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Kelleane April 11, 2013

hey you know you can go to listia on face book and sell them on a free auction site where you can earn points and bid on other ultraviolet codes or pretty much any item you could think off i havent heard anything wrong with that because in reality you trading them for points to trade the points for somthing you want at least its better than throwing them away :)

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Sean Mal August 21, 2012

Wish you arrived at this page earlier! :(
If you did, you would have known listing those codes were a risk. Like I said above, eBay frowns upon listing blu-ray ultraviolet codes. I do share tips and tricks like this for eBay and other marketplaces so be sure to sign up for my updates. Thanks for visiting.
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Sonny October 14, 2013

Yea I know .. I sell on eBay for over 8 years .. And even called eBay to see if you can sell ultra violet , eBay resprentive said its ok to sell this so I did … Now my account is suspended … The word is wow

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Sean Mal October 15, 2013

Sonny,
Your comment is like the one above. I’m sorry it happened to you. I wish you checked out this post earlier. This is why truthgalore.com exists! I try to educate people as far as I know about online selling and buying. And about ebay customer service: I know exactly how you feel. Unreliable and misleading, ebay customer service is far from great for sellers. In my opinion, if Amazon customer service is 100, ebay customer service hovers around 20!!
Thanks for your comment.
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Sonny October 15, 2013

Thanks for the response back .. Yea right now just waiting 2 more days until this appeal but checking out yubetube about people on this problem .. Most lost there appeal .. So I guess eBay always win with hard working sellers … Talking to eBay doesn’t do anything ,, half of the time they don’t listen ,just blame all on you ,even when u have a recording between u and a eBay resprentive saying it was ok to sell ultra violet … I wish all people would just open there eyes and see how eBay really is .. We all sellers ,buyers do all the work for eBay , they just sit in a office and make so much money from us ,I guess 1 day we all need to fight together to bring eBay down .this will be in the history books ,I figured ,, there’s got to be a way ???

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Sean Mal October 15, 2013

So you have a recording of your conversation with ebay agent and they just don’t care. Fantastic!
Yes there’s a way to fight back. Post your story on ebay forum and other forums; opt0in to receive ebay surveys and tell them in the survey how they’re doing; but best and foremost: list your items on other sites like eBid so ebay get some competition. That makes them improve their customer service.
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Sonny October 15, 2013

Thanks… No I meant when I called eBay … They record everything … Wow now my PayPal is limited .. I just called there saying or referring ultra violet counterfeits .. Wow I tell u ..

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Sonny October 22, 2013

Hi sean mal …so far with eBay I guess I lost they won … My appeal is indefinite suspension for something there eBay rep said its ok to sell ,and now they got me with DVDs ..wow .there saying its counterfeit .. Funny .. Because I used there stock photo and started the bid with 2.99 with free shipping .. They got suspicious so they called it counterfeit .. I even emailed the seller about this DVDs I bought from him from a another acct ,and then posted in my main acct .. This seller is like what ..confused .. I just got off the phone with eBay for 2 hours .. All they could say is the company of this DVDs reported me .. Funny wow theres got to be something I can do about this mistreatment from ebay

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Sean Mal October 22, 2013

Indefinite suspension! My! No my friend, it’s useless to talk to them. However, if you can wait a year, it’s possible they let you in after 1 year suspension. If you can’t wait, you can start a new account but it MUST be COMPLETELY different. It’s not easy to do. Send me an email from my Contact page and I let you know how to do it.
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Sonny October 22, 2013

Please if anyone is getting mistreated and disrespected for something that is nonsense .. By ebay and doing something about it .. Sign me up and I’ll help

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Sonny October 22, 2013

I ALREADY KNOW ABOUT A NEW ACCOUNT .. THAT START A S ACCT .. BUT THIS MATTER NEEDS A ATTENTION .. I CAN’T SIT HERE AND DO NOTHING .. SO FAR IM GETTING SUSPENDED INDEFINTITE FOR 1. eBay resprentive saying its ok to sell ultra violet codes and I got in trouble for it 2. Not sure where the topic DVDs comes after .. I sold DVDs for over 2 years on eBay and now they just removed ,, there’s nothing in the ad I said only its brand new and there stock photos and low price … What pisses me off was there telling me I have no right to resell after making a purchase .. I have the right to do what ever like example buying from Walmart,kmart … I even talked to the seller last night that I bought this DVDs from .. I told him ur company u bought this from reported me ,that’s what eBay said .. He’s like laughing and said I don’t buy this from company .. I buy this from like stores ,flee market,just like u .. He said eBay is already made there disicion , and finding every lie to not let u sell or buy .. It’s a fact they suspend u for no reason at all that’s going all over on yubetube ,on the google ,eBay community and others .. I have to get there attention on this .what ever I got to do … More media , lawyer or something

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Sean Mal October 22, 2013

Yes, go for it.
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Sonny October 22, 2013

Thanks for the response … Main reason is I’m not getting kicked off for lies that eBay telling me and treat so many hard working sellers ..throwing them like piece of garbage

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Sonny October 22, 2013

Yea I know Sean .. Look at our history .. Every person from before made a difference in the future … So far what I’m hearing from on the web,yubetube .. People believe everyone loses to eBay because they have money … They could do anything they pleased .. Treat sellers like garbage … Yea so far the people now still selling or buying ..it will happen to u all .. As I never thought this would happen to me so I was wrong

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Dexter April 9, 2014

So i can buy the blu ray single disc version or i can pay EXTRA for the blu ray plus uv code version AND i can sell the blu ray AND uv copy as a bundle BUT not separately????? This is madness- why does the corrupt entertainment industry think it can tell people what to do with things they have already bought and already own? If i bought a car nobody is telling me its copyright infringement if i lend it somebody or if i sell the cd player out of it!!!!!
The whole copyright thing is a corrupt way of big companies trying to rip people off of for as much money as they can. They will throw money at corrupt governments to get what they want in legislation.

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Sean Mal April 10, 2014

Good point…
Please add eBay to the list of corrupt companies!!
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