Flippa Changes Its Domain Appraisals Tool To Further Cut Down “Free” Auctions

flippaFlippa launched its crowdsourced Domain Appraisal tool in March of 2014.

“As many experts will know, the true price of a domain can only really be determined by how much a Buyer is willing to put down on the day. But we thought it might be interesting and interactive to try out a new appraisal model, where you, the crowd takes your best guess.”

Flippa gets about 500 applications per week for appraisal. Each domain receives approximately 8 replies. To date, there have been:

  • 30K Domain Names Appraised
  • 375K Appraisals Filed
  • and nearly 100,000 credits awarded to over 9K unique appraisers

Changes to Domain Appraisals Incentive Program

To incentivise participation, Flippa offered $9 in Flippa credit for every 15 appraisals placed. Flippa gave out nearly $100,000 in Flippa credit during this promotional period.

But Flippa made a strategic decision to no longer provide free credit for appraisals anymore. This change will take effect 11th November 2015 (AEST), when the last batch of weekly credits has been dispersed.

Removing the incentive to appraise is part of a renewed effort to limit oversaturation of “free” auctions in the marketplace.  Last week, Flippa announced they would no longer be supporting “Unlimited Free Relisting” for domain auctions, instead moving to honor one free relist per auction.

Any questions, queries or comments about this change, please feel free to share here or for more detailed insights into your account, please email support@flippa.com.

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About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He works on domain names, websites and software development. Has been online since 1995 & domaining since 2002.

3 comments

  1. This changes will ultimately result in Flippa self-destruct.

  2. I just blacklisted flippa, because every donkey on there, just had crazy expectations that end users would flock there, and would put up 24 hour auctions, write stupid messages, like 3-4 emails from every watch list domain.

    The glitz, and glam days are over, they need to roll up their sleeves and join the masses, and grudge it out for marketshare.

    You are not going to get anymore on flippa, from a reseller audience than you would get at namejet, if anything less.

  3. Can’t say I’m all that surprised… but that said, in a handful of attempts I’ve never actually sold a domain at a price that hit reserve… The annoying messages and re-lists take it down a notch as well.

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