Selling Digital Sports Cards on Ebay

There are some Dunk and Blitz users that sell digital cards on eBay. I have bought a few cards on eBay and I’ve attempted to sell. As far as buying, you can sometimes get a really good deal.

When it comes to selling, it can be a pain. I’ve had mixed results. There are obviously people that still sell on eBay and I watch eBay sales because I can get good deals.

There are a few that have stuck around, but it seems like a lot of digital card sellers on eBay come and go.

I’ve contemplated trying to sell again and may test some ideas fairly soon. But since a lot of people ask about it, I thought I’d write about what I’ve learned.

Should I sell My Cards on eBay?

Like anything, if you can find items at a low price, sell at a high price and avoid too much time or fees, then it can profitable.  Certainly selling digital cards is easier as you don’t have to pack the card, print labels and take it the shipper.

But.. it may not be as easy as you would imagine. You should also be aware of potential issues and be ready to deal with them.

Problems With Selling Cards on eBay

There a few issues you have to deal with that make selling digital card on eBay a bit annoying.

  1. eBay does not offer seller protection on digital sales
  2. No matter what you do, physical card buyers accidentally buy cards
  3. eBay won’t accept digital evidence so you can potentially get scammed by the buyer
  4. Fees are high

The Issue with eBay Seller Protection

eBay has a policy that you must have a shipment and tracking number in order to get seller protection.

Seller protection is important if you want to fight refunds. You can’t get a tracking code with a digital sale so that means eBay can force a refund.  For digital cards this is unacceptable.

It does not matter if you mark no refund or you have a statement on your listing that you won’t refund.  If you can’t prove delivery then anyone can be granted an automatic refund.

Physical Card Buyers Accidentally Buy Cards

No matter how hard you try, physical sports card buyers see the card, it looks just like a physical card and then they see a low Buy it Now price and just buy it.

You end up giving refunds. No matter what your listings says, you HAVE to refund and pay the fees.  So if you sell digital cards, get use to refunds.

Buyer Can Request Refund on eBay After Transfer

The second problem is that someone can claim you never transferred the card and ask for a refund.  Doesn’t matter if they lie.  eBay will force a refund if the buyer wants it.

I really don’t think this doesn’t happen often but I heard this happened last year to someone that quit selling on eBay.

You can complain to eBay and show them screenshots, but they simply won’t accept digital evidence. You can complain to Panini but everyone knows that their support is just not responsive so good luck getting any help from them.

Yes, there are some things you can do to see if someone lists the card or trades it and try to stalk the fraudster. But now you are getting into an issue where some jerk has just caused you to waste your time trying to find them.

Its worth noting that if you do a transaction like this on Paypal only, you can actually fight a refund. Paypal will accept photos and videos of digital transfers, so document any transfers if you do Paypal transactions outside of eBay. 

The safest way to do Paypal, Bitcoin or Cashapp  buys or sells is to join the Panini Digital Facebook group and get a voucher  from a group member before you buy from someone.

Fees Can Be High

Fees for selling cards are fairly high.  In the game you pay 500 coins to list plus 10%.

On eBay you pay 10% but you also have listing fees, Buy it Now fees and then the Paypal fees.  Then you have to figure on paying fees after refunds as a cost of goods sold, so it ads up.

If you are resilient, bought low enough and sell high enough and try to limit refunds, you might be able to overcome the fees.

You Can’t Use eBay to Value Cards

So after reading what I’ve explained, you can realize this causes issues with using eBay as a price guide.

For physical cards, I always look up card prices on eBay by searching for the card and checking sold / completed in order to get an idea of recent prices. This works extremely well, but for digital cards, you can’t do this for a few reasons:

  1. You have no idea on sold listings which ones were refunded
  2. You have no idea if someone accidentally bought because they thought it was a physical card
  3. You can’t go by listed price because anyone can list any price
  4. The market on eBay is still extremely small.

My guess is that 1-5 cards per day get sold on eBay. About 30-50 cards per hour are sold on the app. You have a much better feel of the market by paying attention to app auctions.

Because of all these issues, eBay pricing is not a valid measurement of the digital card market.

If someone is trying to sell you a digital card and trying to justify a price based on eBay then be wary. Some people are just trying to use it as leverage. Others are just naive.

I usually tell them that eBay is not reliable and then if they disagree, I explain what I’ve written here.  But part of the reason I wrote this is because I think the community needed someone to come out and explain it to new players.

How to Address These Issues

I have only tried selling cards a few times. I was hoping to get more time this summer but so far I’ve been busy.  However, here are some things I believe would help reduce potential issues.

  1. Take the time to post front and back of photos and mark the photo DIGITAL CARD
  2. Add DIGITAL CARD to title and first line in description.
  3. Don’t use free shipping. Use something local pickup. (You can’t use immediate payment on BIN for local pickup so make sure they pay before trading).
  4. Be careful selling super high end cards as those are the ones scammers may try to trade and then refund, which can be costly.

Summary

I think eBay can work if you try hard to avoid issues and have a plan to deal with them.  I’d love to see a reliable market to sell cards.  I believe we’ll need Panini to set up some kind of selling system to really make it easier to sell cards.  There are a lot of other digital items, so maybe one day eBay will decide to change its policy or allow you accounts in good standing to fight refunds with evidence.

That still may not overcome the physical card buyers wasting fees.

I still check eBay and will buy from people because I’ve gotten great deals. Its really not risky to be a buyer as you have protection.

Hope this helps my friends!

RZ