I have never listed a domain name for sale on Flippa. I have thought about using Flippa and even created an account at one point, but I have yet to list a name on Flippa. Because of this, I was surprised to receive the following email from Flippa this week:
We’ve received a request to add domains matching this whois email address to your Flippa Domain Portfolio.
Verify ownership of these domains here
If you didn’t request this, or are not clear why you are receiving this message, please forward this email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get right on it!
The Flippa Team
I immediately reached out to Kevin Fink and the Flippa support team, and they took care of this for me.
I have no idea if this was someone trying to pull off a scam or if this was some sort of typo (since I have owned this particular domain name for a while), but I am glad to see that Flippa requires owner verification before allowing domain names to be listed for sale.
It is probably a bit burdensome if marketplaces required ownership verification in this manner for all listings, especially when a domain owner wants to list hundreds or thousands of domain names for sale at one time. However, it seems to be a good measure to prevent people from listing domain names they do not own.
Although preventing people from listing domain names they don’t own is important, it is also important that marketplaces continue to verify active listings. People sell domain names on different venues, and it can be difficult to keep track of all active listings. I am sure there are many listings on all marketplace venues that are no longer valid because of sold or expired domain names. I am sure this is something venues have in mind or have already implemented something to ensure this is being monitored.