Special Rules For Selling Software On Ebay

Special Rules For Selling Software On Ebay



Computer software is​ one of​ the​ biggest sellers on​ eBay – after all,​ everyone using eBay has a​ computer,​ don’t they? There can be problems,​ however,​ if​ you​ try to​ sell certain kinds of​ software that eBay doesn’t allow. Used software is​ a​ minefield,​ and you​ could end up buying something dodgy to​ resell without even realising it.

Here are the​ various kinds of​ software that you’re not allowed to​ sell on​ eBay,​ and how to​ spot them. you​ should always try installing used software before you​ sell it,​ as​ this might give you​ a​ few clues.

Pirate Software.

This one is​ reasonably obvious,​ but pirate software can be hard to​ spot. the​ biggest things to​ look out for are auctions that don’t have pictures or​ only have pictures from catalogues,​ unrealistically low prices,​ and come with no manuals or​ documentation. Microsoft software comes with a​ ‘Certificate of​ Authenticity’,​ which you​ should check. Software that is​ on​ recordable media such as​ CD-RWs is​ usually pirated.

If you​ see software that offered for download only,​ it​ is​ often pirated – but not always. Some small software developers allow download licenses for their software to​ be resold on​ sites like eBay. Type the​ name of​ the​ software into a​ search engine,​ and go to​ the​ manufacturer’s site to​ check. Remember that software you​ download is​ very unlikely to​ come with resale rights,​ though.

Beta Software.

Beta software is​ pre-release software,​ issued by companies for testing purposes. Companies generally do not give permission for their beta software to​ be sold or​ redistributed,​ as​ it​ won’t be as​ good as​ the​ final product. Do not buy anything that says it​ is​ ‘beta’,​ and return anything you​ receive that says ‘beta’ or​ ‘not for resale or​ distribution’ anywhere on​ the​ CD or​ during the​ install.

Academic Software.

Some companies sell special ‘educational editions’ or​ ‘student licenses’ for their software,​ which are designed to​ make it​ affordable to​ students and teachers. you​ can only sell this software if​ you​ are a​ licensed educational reseller for the​ company,​ and your buyers are educational users. Academic software will usually say somewhere on​ its CD or​ in​ its installation what it​ is.

OEM Software.

OEM stands for ‘Original Equipment Manufacturer’ – this is​ software that is​ only supposed to​ be distributed with a​ new computer,​ as​ it​ came pre-installed on​ the​ computer. the​ licences for this software usually stop you​ from selling it​ without also selling any hardware. Look out for the​ message ‘for sale with a​ new computer only’,​ or​ similar. Note,​ though,​ that it’s usually fine to​ bundle any OEM software you​ come across with computers that you​ sell on​ eBay.

If you​ sell any kind of​ software that isn’t allowed,​ then eBay might shut down your auction,​ or​ your sellers might realise what they’ve bought and leave you​ bad feedback. It’s not really worth the​ risk.

Now that we’ve got that out of​ the​ way,​ how about we try to​ get you​ a​ few more customers for the​ items you​ have that aren’t against the​ rules. in​ the​ next email,​ we’ll take a​ look at​ the​ real power of​ eBay store newsletters.




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