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Domaining lesson to be learnt - a personal tale

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  1. domainseller200 United Kingdom

    domainseller200 Well-Known Member

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    We all push our luck a little bit from time to time with regards to both buying and selling domains, so I thought I would share my recent experience with you.

    On 9th June I stumbled across correct.co.uk listed for sale on Sedo. I liked the name and submitted a £500 opening bid. They countered back £750 to which I was surprised, as I personally valued it at £1500-2000 to the right person even in the reseller market.

    Foolishly I didn't accept the £750 counter offer, and instead decided to try my luck and bid £575. The seller then proceeded to push to Sedo auction and I was gutted.

    No other bids were made on the name, until the day before auction ended (which I was fully expecting, and the main reason I was gutted) and it was for £625

    On the final day, in the last 20 minutes of the auction I decided to counter bid again, and was winning again at £800. Cue a couple more bids from both of us, and we were now on £1,500 with me being the winning bidder.

    Then a bid of £1,550 was placed and I decided to let it go (one of the reasons being, I was convinced I was being shill bidded at the time)

    Auction History here

    I then watched the whois over the next few days, and it did change to someone not connected to the original seller.

    I kicked myself as I could have bought it for £750, if I hadn't have tried to squeeze that extra £175 down, and even more gutted as I knew it was a good price at that price.

    The lesson I learnt here, and the reason I am telling others - if you REALLY believe something is worth the asking price, then don't hesitate and just buy it or you will end up regretting it.
     
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    BREWSTERS Well-Known Member

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    That's the thing with sedo - the seller had very little to lose by going to auction in this instance whereas by your own valuation (and admission) you had much more.
     
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    accelerator Well-Known Member

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    Out of interest did you use the custom comment facility on Sedo? I find this can be used to establish rapport and therefore help in finalising the sale rather than going to auction.

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    Not really applicable in this situation.

    Frank would have paid £750 for it and was in a position where he could have secured it for that price.
     
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    foz Well-Known Member Exclusive Member

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    Shows the pushing to auction achieves better results for the seller. I do it if I feel the domain will have a wide appeal.
     
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    This can go pear-shaped on the selling side too. I had a high £x,xxx domain bid through Sedo and decided to push it to auction. The domain got no higher bids and original bidder never completed the transaction and walked away. I did wonder after if i hadn't pushed it to auction (delaying things by over a week) if they would have coughed up.

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    I suppose it's no use asking for the bidders name;)
     
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    Unfortunately this is one of the things that can really irritate a buyer on Sedo. I can appreciate Admins choice because Sedo give that to the seller, but I know that as a buyer, seeing your bid effectively converted to an auction can rub you up the wrong way. It's a shame that after all this time Sedo still haven't given the buyer the formal ability to withdraw their bid if the seller throws it over to auction.
     
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    That's why I use the custom comments field. I tell them if they bid x, I will use that as the opening offer in an auction.

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    wb Well-Known Member

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    The bad thing about Sedo comments is they have to get approved first, which as both a buyer and seller is very annoying (in my opinion anyway).

    Surely the comments should just be made available instantly but still put in a moderation queue, so anyone abusing it (i.e. posting contact details) has their account banned and cannot list/sell in future.
     
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    I have been on the seller pear shaped side as the buyer.

    I bid on a health related name at high-xxx, they returned 4x higher so I was like umm they are going to want triple my bid and cancelled out. Well 6 months later they accepted a bid of £500, no auction, no nothing just sold. So holding out can back-fire that way too.
     
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    Very useful thread will certainly bare this in mind, when making offers for domains in future.
     
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