I stand by a simple rule. If something looks fishy once it could be chance. If it looks fishy twice it’s very unusual. If it happens three times in a row it’s time to look into it. Today on Flippa I noticed the same person had four different domains listed in the top 7 ranked by number of bids. Not unusual if the domains are some of the best at auction or have been up for auction quite a long time. Federer also has two of the other 7 but he is probably one of the top, if not the top, domain sellers on Flippa and has quite a following. These are the four names
BestLaptops.info (16 days left, 58 bids, $300)
FreshJuice.me (16 days left, 52 bids, $255)
CurrentPopulation.com (7 days left, 40 bids, $330)
BuyBig.info (20 days left, 28 bids, $125)
The seller of the name is King-Flips. Again, I am not saying that all is not fair in these auctions. I have no proof that this is not just pure chance. But look at the similarities.
Bestlaptops has a price of $300 and 58 bidders. That all but two of the possible bids were $5 dollars increases. I’ve watched hundreds of thousands of auctions and this isn’t something that happens very often. Usually there is one person that gets tired of the raises and bumps it up quite a bit more. In this auction there are only 3 bidders.
FreshJuice has had EVERY bid be a $5 increase. Also only 3 bidders
BigBuy.info Has MORE bids than $5 increments. Meaning two people placed the same bid amount before the seller could authorize. But none more than $5 and you guessed it, only three bidders
CurrentPopulation This one look more legit. Has 8 bidders and jumps by $10 in a few places. This is easily the best name in the group and in my opinion doesn’t need any “help”
To also support the seller he/she also has ILoveRum.com in the top 10 with 24 bids at $2000 which equals out to a high increment. But again, this is a much better name. Here’s hoping that this is all chance but if I were Flippa I would check the bidders and see the relationships between all the bidders to make sure everything is on the up and up. This domain auction thing is hard enough without extra “marketing” help. And my apologies to King Flip if I’m wrong. Take these free views to your auction in return