As many of you know, Sitepoint has split its marketplace. While link exchanges, service advertisements etc., are still with Sitepoint, website sales have moved to a new company and a new domain: http://www.flippa.com.
Flippa, controversially, charges a “success fee”. While you still pay for listing a site – albeit, a slightly lower price than before – there’s a hefty 5% success fee (capped at $500). A summary of what has changed is on this Sitepoint thread.
Flippa does offer more filtering options and allows site buyers to specify just high PR sites, low Alexa ranked ones or those selling for more than $10K, for example. There are a few other improvements though it’s hotly debated whether the Web 2.0 look is an improvement on not. The overall Flippa concept and implementation come in for scathing attack in the comments on Flippa’s own blog triggering a frantic response from Flippa that they really are taking feedback.
The name, Flippa, and the overall design and focus of the new enterprise seems to cater for the lower priced-lower quality sites at the expense of the better ones. For example, anyone interested in buying a listed site at the BIN price is expected to complete the transaction immediately via Paypal. All well and good but Paypal has a limit of $10K. It’s apparent that Flippa doesn’t expect to list a lot of websites at above that price point. Interestingly, that’s the price point at which their success fee maxes out (5% of $10K = $500 which is the success fee cap).
What do you think of Flippa?
Added: Snapshot of Flippa page when you click the BIN button