Within the last few years, I sold a .com domain name for five figures via Afternic. I do not report my sales, and I did not make an exception for this sale. As far as I can tell, this sale went completely under the radar. I am thankful for this because I think it would look super sketchy if I had announced the sale.
The buyer of the domain name used Whois privacy, so I don’t have any idea who acquired it. A short time after the domain name sold, I saw it was listed for sale on Afternic when I did a Whois search of the name. The price was not very much higher than my sale price, so it caught my attention. Why would someone buy a domain name and almost immediately list it for sale just a bit higher than what was paid?
I logged into my Afternic and Uniregistry accounts to make sure it wasn’t my listing. I knew it couldn’t be my listing on Afternic since that is where it sold, but I thought maybe it was an archived listing on Uniregistry that was somehow pushed through to Afternic. Nope. It was definitely not my listing.
If this sale looks strange to me, I can just imagine what an outsider might think if I had announced the sale or reported it to NameBio. I know it sold via Afternic and I was paid for the domain name, but from an outside POV who would only have access to Whois data and public sale listings, it would probably appear to be sketchy.
People seem to be very quick to jump to conclusions with circumstantial evidence at best. It’s not fair, but it’s part of this business and reason number five for why I don’t report my domain name sales (article circa 2015).