How does a domain that was stolen affect market value?

Labeled as poll in General Domain Discussion started by bynps, Nov 2, 2018.



How does a once stolen (and returned domain) affect market value?

  1. No difference

    6 vote(s)
  2. Decrease in price

    2 vote(s)
  3. Increase in price

    0 vote(s)
Total: 8 vote(s)
  1. bynps

    bynps Upgraded Member Gold Account

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    For example, if a seller has a for sale - the domain was once stolen from him briefly and returned to him as the rightful owner.

    The seller now tries to sell the domain, how does this affect the market value?
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  2. oriolelv

    oriolelv Established Member

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    I don't see why would it affect the value in any way.
  3. MapleDots

    MapleDots Domain Properties 2010 - 2019 VIP

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    As long as the domain is being sold by the rightful owner the resale value should not be affected. It would make no difference to my offer. I judge the domain purely on the quality of the domain itself.
  4. bynps

    bynps Upgraded Member Gold Account

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    Thank you, this makes sense
  5. wizard

    wizard Domain Wizard VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    No difference
  6. bynps

    bynps Upgraded Member Gold Account

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    For those who voted decrease: why?
  7. Kate

    Kate Domainosaurus Rex VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    22,327 has been stolen in the past :)
    While this is the most famous example, other valuable domain names were sold at some point, and not always recovered.

    You have to figure out for yourself who the rightful owner is, and whether the person controlling the asset is authorized to sell it. There have been instances of rogue employees selling domain names owned by their employers.
    A good example would be if I remember well.
    Unfortunately many companies do not track their digital assets like they should, the whois record is often outdated and in the name of somebody who left the company long ago, domain names and websites are literally on autopilot, with nobody formally in charge. Mergers can further blur the chain of ownership etc.

    Due diligence is important.
    I would not buy a domain whose ownership is still disputed/unclear. If it's been stolen I must know all the facts to make an informed decision.

    Just because the name has been returned to the rightful owner does not mean it's the end of the story. A stolen name may have been flipped once or more in a short period of time, so the wronged parties might fight back and sue. They will go after whoever is in possession of the disputed asset. You'd be caught in the line of fire.

    If you've followed the Booth/Rebecca saga you know what I'm talking about.
    Document the domain history as much as you can, especially when there is a lot of money at stake.

    Then it depends when did the theft occur, was it last week or in 2000.
    And also how was the domain recovered, through a court order, or mutual agreement among the registrars involved. The reasoning being that a court order is harder to override than an agreement among registrars. They could even change their mind. Again, refer to the Booth/Rebecca saga for details.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2018

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