Remember that I bought a penalized site last week for $4001?
I have updates to share with you so I thought about writing this blog post.
You can go back and read that article, so I wouldn’t repeat the same stuff here. But a lot of interesting things happened with the site lately.
As I told you in that post, the seller lied quite a lot about his website’s stat (he didn’t tell us it was a penalized site which is fine as we figured it out, but he lied about the other monetization methods too such as his Instagram shoutouts, guest posts and etc.
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So I tried to at least get a partial refund of $2000.
According to our team (and I agree), getting a partial refund for a site where pretty much all seller claims are wrong is worth trying for.
I am sure, if we want, we can get the whole amount back from Flippa & PayPal, but I am only interested in a partial one as I still want to keep the site and do this case study.
So I did that, I had a long chat with the seller via email, the seller agreed to everything about penalty, lies with his numbers,. and asked me to push the domain first before refunding me.
I only wanted a 50% refund for his lies but he agreed to a 100% refund.
I didn’t want to fall for that as I am 100% sure he would have ran with the domain 🙁
So I didn’t agree.
Unfortunately, our 50% refund claim also got denied on PayPal (we can still re-open it but I kind of lost hope).
On top of this, the seller actually went into 100 forums and created a story about how he is a small child and I am a big marketer, trying to scam him. In those forums, people dug deep and found my profile (where the seller actually already knew about my site as it is in all my email signature and he is also a subscriber of my blog).
Normally, I wouldn’t bother about any of these but I got 2 emails from my subscribers who were saying, how come you scammed a kid from Vietnam and etc.
I had to write this one to clarify things.
Remember, I told you in my Flippa review that they are a shit platform? I still stand strong about that.
Anyway, back to the drama!
So when I bought the site, seller had these 4 promises
- The site makes money from Adsense & Affiliates
- The site sells at least two shoutouts/week on Instagram
- The site sells at least two guest posts/week
- Also, there was no talk about the Google Penalty
- And he now has another site competing for the same keywords.
So I wrote him this email:
At this point, I actually thought we would at least get half of our money back (which i still think we should).
This was the reply:
Anyway, long story short, we couldn’t get the refund and got badly bashed on 100 SEO forums too (thanks to our competitors in Bangladesh).
It was a fun day, that’s for sure.
Thoughts? Comments? Should I not have asked for that partial refund even after we found out the lies?
At least we got some internet marketing drama! That’s so hard to find these days.
We are already working on improving the site now and trying to see what we can do to remove the penalty.
I will have more updates about that on Update 3.
I really need a comment from you to boost me up today.