Long before the doubts about Chocolate.com, were the doubts about a sale from the founder of this blog.
In 2012 Michael sold NewYorkApartmentsForSale.com and the comments on Namepros went from nice sale, and wow that’s a great price for such a long name to:
Still under Sedo Escrow…after 2.5 months
It smell fishy
This domain is still in escrow after 3 months, yet it is still listed for sale at MostWantedDomains.
Too long (it’s a 5-worder!) and overpriced.
Sorry – this ain’t a completed sale
Funny how DNJournal STILL lists “sales” that either failed or were not completed
Sedo is probably still sending automated email chasers to the “buyer” who has long disappeared along with his fake details.
Sorry Berkens – no $42,500 for you!
What a bunch of BS, now it’s listed for sale again.
This had gone on for months, then it flamed out. I had asked Michael if he had been paid. He replied long ago, did not care one iota what others had to say on the validity of the sale, he had the money in his bank account.
A few days ago I asked Michael to go back into Sedo and find the payment, he obliged.
It’s the thing about domaining, a cottage industry that most don’t know about or understand. There is not as much transparency as there is in other industries, especially those that deal with money. It’s healthy to be skeptical to a certain degree, but no one else cares about your skepticism. If a seller was paid, they don’t care.
The buyer certainly doesn’t care, they did not know there was a time frame to build out a website. They did not know the website had to measure up to a stranger’s quality level.
A lot of times people look at the money spent on something and it’s either more than they could or would spend. So they believe that someone should do what they would do or it’s a bogus purchase.