Discussion in 'Forum News & Feedback' started by bensd, Aug 2, 2014.
Is there any point in having this rule if it's not policed?
Its pointless having the rule when if you say you have a budget of £1000, people will just try and sell you a £300 domain for £950. I've even had domains offered to me for deliberately very close to my budget, when the exact same domain had been posted for sale (by the same person) for a third of the price in another thread not long before it
A potential buyer can't win. Post a specific budget and some Acorn members try and scam you. Don't post a budget and you're going to get flooded with offers for £50 turds and/or domains you can't afford.
Equally it's no good sending over domains when the poster only has £70 to spend.
I think the rule should be enforced rigidly.
So how do you suggest buyers avoid getting ripped off then?
The only realistic way you can get domains sent to you at their real prices, rather than 'priced to suit your budget', is to offer up a price which is both deliberately vague, and clearly unrealistic (to avoid being priced to your highest limit, or to avoid being seen as having a lot of cash to burn).
You might as well post your budget is between 50 quid and a million. And then filter out all the inevitable garbage.
The simple truth is, Acorn is simply not a good place to buy domains. Its probably the best place to discuss or read about UK domains... but it sucks big time when it comes to actually buying them. You're significantly better off researching what you want and then approaching specific domain owners directly, than posting vague 'wanted' threads and waiting on the vultures appearing.
I think the other issue with wanted threads as a whole is that sellers use it as a quick and easy way to peddle yet more of their wares without the need for creating more offers invited / fixed price threads.
Either way, someone is going to get their time wasted, buyer or seller. There isn't a solution that fits all that I can think of. There isn't much chance of a solution either when you've got both new and established members 1) Posting irrelevant rubbish in response and 2) Inflating pricing to suit budgets.
Don't pay anymore than you think the domain is worth to you and your business
What's a real price?
It's all subjective to the buyer and seller and their own particular needs and requirements at that moment in time
It's not about that though is it. Even if you think domain.co.uk is worth £1,000 to you and you have a £1,000 budget. Should you pay £1,000 for it when it's up for sale in a different thread for £500?
Sure, but you then just waste a load of time and effort trying to deal with the people who're messing about like I described.
In a way yes.... but to me if you offer something for sale for £200 and get no buyers, then a week later someone posts a 'wanted' thread and says they've got a £1000 budget, you can't then offer the £200 domain for £900+. Thats not the 'real' price no matter how you look at it. its the 'scam' price.
Well have a look first and buy it for the £500 lol
But no, I think if you get the domain you want for the price you can afford then it's all good isn't it?
You aren't overpaying if you paid what you were willing to pay
Surely if they've offered it for £500 in another thread that is the price you would be looking to pay, or thereabouts, their opening gambit is just that, an opening gambit, and presumably it's always negotiable.
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