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How to Make Money on eBay by Selling eBooks and Other Digital Media

Aug 18, 2008
Digital media is in many ways the ultimate product to sell and make money on eBay with. This is because there is virtually no cost involved in the obtaining and distribution of digital media!

A few things of note regarding digital media:

- It is downloadable via the internet, which means no packaging and shipping costs

- Because you can make it available via the internet, it can be easily automated for a nearly hands-free transaction

- Exact copies can be made at will, so you will never run out of inventory

The information you're reading right now is free, but I used to sell it as part of one chapter in an eBook. I wrote the eBook once, digitized it, and put it on my website. From there the sale, distribution, and delivery of it was all automated. People came to my website, paid through my payment processor, and were directed to a page to download their copy, all happening automatically without any involvement from me.

In fact, I may very well have been in Las Vegas and living up the high life while all of that was happening!

The original copy of me eBook stayed on my web server. What you're reading right now is an exact copy of what is on my web server. I could potentially sell hundreds of eBooks everyday, all without doing any actual work myself.

But where to get the eBooks to sell? Personally I recommend writing your own. Whatever it happens to be that you know a lot about, write about that!

I've written a few eBooks about selling on eBay. But I've also written about how to save money by building your own computer, internet marketing, filing chapter 7 bankruptcy without an attorney, and a few other subjects.

I've known people who have had great success writing about subjects that you might not think anyone would be interested in such as dog grooming, getting divorced without an attorney, car buying tactics, and even cook books. So don't ever think that you don't have something to write about!

eBay has a method to allow you to sell digital media hands free. Step-by-step instructions can be found on their site by typing in "digital media" from their help page. A couple things to note:

1. You need to have a verified PayPal account
2. You must list in the fixed-price format

Doing these two things allow you to completely automate the process.

Now that you know how to SELL an eBook on eBay, you might be wondering how you can go about CREATING an eBook. Well, that's another article for another day. Suffice it to say that selling digital media like eBooks is one of the easiest ways to make money on eBay.
About the Author
PowerSellerPros (http://www.powersellerpros.com) offers free advice about how to make money on eBay. Art Gib is a freelance writer.
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