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Competitors on Flippa for Turnkey Sites

Discussion in 'Site Flipping' started by HookahJosh, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. HookahJosh

    HookahJosh Registered Member

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    I started flipping sites in Feburary, I would build turnkey sites and provide the buyer with the list of suppliers and a guide, I made about $2.5k my first month and I noticed I had about 60 watchers on my account. People started copying my listings and then reported me for plagarism, and now I am banned.

    What do you guys to do stop the other sellers from reporting you and using dirty tricks to stop you from selling quality sites?

    At first my sites were going for $200-$500, and this last week they went for $100 tops, same exact site format, but I think it has to do with the reputation or the high amount of sites I was listing?

    I was building about 10 sites a week on my own in my spare time and listing them, paid off a ton of debt and now I am stuck back where I was a month ago, no money.
     
  2. calm ‪‪

    calm ‪‪ Newbie

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    Off hand I would say create another account with a different name and credentials.
    Did you have favorable reviews from your customers? If not maybe on your new account offer additional support if they give favorable feedback.
    I looked at the flippa terms of service and found no mention of plagiarism in it... did you try and dispute the ruling and present your side?
    can they prove plagerism?
    Maybe you can get some satisfied customers to intercede on your behalf.
     
  3. HookahJosh

    HookahJosh Registered Member

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    Yeah, I had about 10 positive feedback comments left, none were negative.

    I didn't see anything about plagarism either, but I did notice at the end of each listing it mentions that the listings are copyrighted to the person who put the listing up.

    As for making a 2nd account, I would have to operate behind a static IP constantly which is not something I really want to do since I work on the go a lot.
     
  4. ScrapeBoss

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    You may still need to check the copyright issues once again or else, the buyers would always be running into problems later. Copyrighting may have to do with the content or images used in designing a site. Try to check these things out.

    This time around, you should also always mix things up. Do not make the site look too simple for the amount you are charging. Most of those on your watch list are not all buyers. Some of them are just jealous and looking for ways to put others down.
     
  5. HookahJosh

    HookahJosh Registered Member

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    Yeah, I realized my mistakes the first time around and am working on getting a new account, I gotta find a reliable proxy since they autoban matching IP's.

    Their support is a joke, the guy was really rude in his response and I do not appreciate false claims against me about copyright issues.
     
  6. calm ‪‪

    calm ‪‪ Newbie

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    I have been watching this thread and would like to know what some of the flippa vets have to say about this?
     
  7. CyberDilemma

    CyberDilemma Regular Member

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    Did you have a license for all the images you were using on your sites or did you just pull them off the net? Some people do TinEye searches to see if their copyrighted images are being used by unlicensed users. Make sure you are reversing or altering any unlicensed images to make it harder for the owner to find them by doing a TinEye search. Doesn't make it legal but it makes them harder to find.
     
  8. LukaB

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    Flippa isn't some random site owned by a 13 year old, they are a serious company, a LEGAL company, so what were your sites containing that they did not like? Check all their rules, you must of made a mistake, if you think you did not make a mistake then go ahead and send Flippa and email, it might take 2-3 days for their response, be patient.