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Proxy Buyer (function) : Often referred to as a “go-between”, a “secret investor” or a “man-in-the-middle”, this particular type of “domain broker” isn’t looking to announce their true identity when they contact domain owners.
Often disguising as a person with a limited budget, a proxy buyer possesses the skills of a psychologist; they will negotiate relentlessly to bring the asking price for a domain down.
The intention of such a proxy buyer in the domain negotiation process, is to effectively acquire valuable domain assets from their current owners, on behalf of parties with deep pockets.
Sometimes, proxy buyers reveal their identity, then ostensibly refuse to increase their offer when the domain owner realizes their role. Most of the time, the domain owner is left baffled as to who might really want that particular domain.
When receiving an offer from someone on suspicion that they are a proxy buyer, always ask them to provide as much contact information as possible; do your research before accepting their offer or counter-offering.
Example: “Hey Rick, I see you own Widgets.com, I might want to buy it for my new drone delivery service. No, I’m not a venture capitalist, swear to god, so money is tight.”
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