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poll Does reputation matter in domain investing?

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Does reputation matter in domain investing?

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  • Yes it helps a lot

    16
    votes
    61.5%
  • It helps sometimes

    8
    votes
    30.8%
  • No it doesn't help much

    2
    votes
    7.7%
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How do you see this?
For whatever you reply, please share your reason why you think it matters or doesn't matter?

Personally, I think it doesn't matter a lot. Occasionally, you may find a couple of cheaper domains to acquire but on the end-user sale side, it might not matter much. For example, a person who may have respect in the domaining community may still end up selling their domain name to an end-user for $100,000 (depends on the name but nothing is stopping him). That doesn't mean we don't maintain a good reputation but that the two may be disconnected.

What's your thought?
 

jhm

Top Contributor
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Yes, it does matter. If you deal with someone who isn't considered ethical, a scumbag or criminal, that can somewhat taint your reputation, and have an unforeseen effect. A clean, undisputed reputation matters (a lot), especially if you're doing this for any reasonable length of time, regardless of domain quality
 
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If you have a domain listed on a venue like GoDaddy, and a buyer makes an offer there not so much as there is no real communication between parties.

It matters though, especially when trying to close direct sales outside major venues.

It just matters in general in business to not have a shitty reputation, for many reasons. This is especially true with an internet based business.

Brad
 
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I think if I have a very special domain then I bet anyone will not care about reputation, they want the domain not my reputation.
Although reputation may help to sell faster and more expensive because of established trust.
If you have a "VERY" special domain, for sure, I would want it, but I would still care about the reputation.

As a buyer would I make you jump through more hoops? For sure. On contracts, escrow, terms, etc.
Would I negotiate even harder? YES. Would I probably be a bit more of a douche? LOL.... probably.

And MOST importantly... would I recommend ANYONE in my circle of friends/contacts to work with you to either sell to you OR use you as a broker? HELL NO.

=)
 
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Reputation matters very much. I wouldn't buy a domain name from anyone who was anonymous, or I had done due diligence on and had a questionable reputation. There's way too many rogues out there on the interweb and it's easy to get scammed.

However, as we all know, it's how desirable the domain name they have to sell that counts.
 

iTesla

Established Member
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If you have a "VERY" special domain, for sure, I would want it, but I would still care about the reputation.

As a buyer would I make you jump through more hoops? For sure. On contracts, escrow, terms, etc.
Would I negotiate even harder? YES. Would I probably be a bit more of a douche? LOL.... probably.

And MOST importantly... would I recommend ANYONE in my circle of friends/contacts to work with you to either sell to you OR use you as a broker? HELL NO.

=)
Until you will think of my reputation or dig me up, I will make money out of that domain by parking or developing it.
I even may put some stupid info on it to just mock you or others interested in it.
Then if you will decide that my reputation is not important, I will ask you to do a shameful act publicly e.g. a selfie at the butt of a donkey and publish it on social media, only then I will accept your money to buy my one unique domain. Hehehe.

Yes I m serious, I have such domains that people will accept my conditions, in fact they will be forced to do that per my request.
 
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