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I''m curious to know it anyone has tried to self-publish on ebay. It seems very easy, which is why I''m sure I''m missing something pretty huge. Why couldn''t you burn 50 copies of your game, and sell them as a dutch auction, only charging like 4-5 bucks a piece, and a couple dollars to ship? Would there be any market for this? It seems like people will buy just about anything now-a-days. Has any one done this? What are the potential pitfalls that I''m ignorant of?

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There''s a guy selling homebrew Settlers of Catan (a popular board game) expansions on eBay. Perhaps you oughta contact him and ask if it''s worth pursuing.

There aren''t any up right now, but if you search for "Catan" on eBay over the next couple of weeks, you''re bound to see them. They''re called "Explorers of Catan" and "Random Events and Treachery of Catan".

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If you plan on selling your game on eBay you need to think about a few things.

#1. Charge enough to cover your costs and make some money. This should include reproduction costs, any taxes you might have to pay, eBay fee''s and payment fee''s (e.g. PayPal).

#2. Posting on eBay might not be enough advertising. I would suggest have an alternative to eBay for self publishing. Have a web site with payments through PayPal and adverstise with banners, posts here and other game sites, etc.. If you are willing to take someone else''s banner on your site you can generate plenty of free banner impressions. Use eBay as selling tool, but not as your primary store front.

While I don''t claim to be any type of expert on publishing, I think the points I made about just seem like common sense.

I hope this helps,

borngamer

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Keep in mind that there are other sites such as Amazon zShops, Digital River, and SWREG. A tough road as far as a sales channel, good luck!



Glen Martin
Dynamic Adventures Inc.
Zenfar

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