5 Good Reasons Why You Should NOT Sell Your Website On Digitalpoint
Not Just Your Usual Scammer Or Spammer
The most common places to sell a website are Flippa (previously Sitepoint Marketplace), DigitalPoint, WarriorForum, and a few more places like DNForum, v7n, and more. Well, basically every webmaster forum has a Buy, Sell, Trade section, so theorically you can sell your website at most webmaster forums. The ones that I mentioned above are the most-visited, most well-known ones, some for good reasons, some for.. well, probably not so good reasons.
DigitalPoint, or famously referred to only as "DP" used to be a good place for webmasters, it used to be known for real good reasons, until it became spammer and scammer heaven. Not a new story it is, DigitalPoint has become degraded because of the infestation of its uncontrollable spammers and scammers. And recently a few tweaks and changes have been made to DigitalPoint's marketplace by its owner, probably for an effort to revive the forum. And trying to take advantage of the many unsatisfied customers of Sitepoint marketplace (when they changed to Flippa) probably.
I don't come to Digitalpoint often, I mostly sell websites at Flippa. But sometimes you want to try different places to sell websites. But after trying to sell websites a few times on there, I can assure you one thing; if you decide to sell your website on DigitalPoint, and if it's your first time selling on there, I advice you to stop. Stop. And go sell your website somewhere else.
These are the good reasons why you should NOT sell your website at Digitalpoint marketplace:
NUMBER 1: DigitalPoint members' buying habit is to get a website for dead cheap no matter how good, how old, how much revenue the site is making.
This holds true for most newb members of DigitalPoint. And because DP consists mostly of the newbs, there's no helping that it has become the face of DP that its members are dead cheap. Don't get me wrong. There are real (or seasoned, and rich) Internet marketers on there in the crowd, those who are smart and talk less. These people know they can make real good money off these newbs. But as for the newbs, try to tell them your site is making $2,500/month with absolutely no work at all, all of them will show real interest and start to ask you lots and lots of (newb) questions, and finally offer you $150 for it. I laugh everytime I see this happens, and it happens all the time.
If you are selling your website at DP, prepare to degrade your own site by at least 60%. I've tried selling a website at DP and Flippa at the same time many times. A website which you could sell for at least $400 at Flippa usually only gets $100 tops at DP. That's if you're lucky enough. A typical website that is worth $400 at Flippa usually could hardly sell for $90 at DP. Selling a website you think is worth at least $2k? Could only sell for $200 at DP. Try it. If you claimed you've had pretty good deal selling your website at DP, most likely the buyer was me, because in the beginning of my time BUYING websites at DP, I paid according to standard price at Flippa (Sitepoint marketplace at that time). The sellers must've thought he had a miracle going on for him.
Seriously though, if you've had pretty good deal selling your website at DP and the buyer was NOT me, consider yourself lucky, because I know these kinds of buyers do exist in the crowd at DP, but they usually are NOT people who frequent DP. Most of the times, these people are passer-by's, they go to DP occasionally looking for something particularly. They don't have high itrader or reps (the thing that newb DP'ers are obsessed for) but you know when you talk to them that they're serious buyers. But this type of people seldomly appear at DP.
NUMBER 2: Scammers are everywhere on DigitalPoint. But it's not their fault really, they're just opportunists.
Everyone knows scammers are everywhere on the Internet. On DigitalPoint, it's like a goldmine for them. But really, don't blame them, they're just opportunists.
If you hang around DP for a while, you'll understand most of those newb DP'ers' mindset. Once you understand that, you'll realize it is so damn easy to scam them. I'm glad I'm still someone who stands by honesty and integrity that I never thought of scamming as a way to earn money on the Internet.
Believe it or not, everytime you read a story of someone being scammed on DP, it's usually their own fault. It's either that "real good money in a short period of time - get rich quick" mindset, "there's no such thing as too good to be true, ALL the things that are too good ARE TRUE" mindset, or the obsession for itrader and reps.
Do NOT trust someone at DP by their itrader and so-called reps. How many "reputable" members have scammed a newb because these newbs are so obsessed with itrader and reps? I never pay attention to itrader and reps, I pay attention to the way a buyer/seller communicates with me while buying or selling. It should not be so hard to tell a difference. If you don't know how to tell the difference, God saves you, you are probably the people I was talking about in reason Number 1 above.
So if you are new to DigitalPoint and it is your first time ever selling a website, it's better to try to sell somewhere else other than DigitalPoint. It would make a huge difference for your first-time experience.
Reason number 3, 4, 5? To be continued......
DISCLAIMER: I am NOT affiliated with ANY website mentioned in this article. I was just merely expressing what I genuinely felt at the time of writing.