It’s pretty easy for someone to claim to be a domain broker. There aren’t any special licenses or other requirements for someone to sell domain names on behalf of others. An email address or phone number and some domain name listings are basically all it takes to get started.
It seems that some people may take advantage of the ease of getting started and try to sell domain names they aren’t permitted to sell. Perhaps they see a domain name listed for sale somewhere or believe the domain name may be for sale, and they attempt to broker the domain name without permission. I presume the belief is that if they come to the domain owner with a buyer, they will be rewarded a commission. This is bad business.
Even if a domain name is listed for sale, approaching certain prospective buyers could put the domain owner in a vulnerable position. There may be trademark issues that wouldn’t exist unless the trademark owner is approached with a solicitation to buy the domain name. There may also be back history between the prospective buyer and the domain owner that a third party wouldn’t know about. Whatever the case, having a cavalier attitude about selling someone else’s domain name without permission is wrong.
Many domain owners are willing to give people a shot at selling their domain names. Some of the best domain brokers aren’t interested in trying to sell mid tier domain names when there is a large inventory of expensive domain names at their disposal. This leaves quite a large market for an upstart to make a go at brokering. However, permission is critical.
If you want to get into the domain brokering business, it is not advisable to try and sell someone else’s domain name without permission. It could put the domain owner at risk and it could put the broker at risk for a bad reputation and perhaps more serious consequences.