Those of you that use Sedo as their primary domain marketplace surely agree that the first thing you look at in an offer, is the locale of the offer-maker.
Obviously, the price is there, in your face; to shock you or elate you, but the other clue that Sedo provides is where that offer is coming from.
Previously, I mentioned how an account making a lengthy introduction with religious overtones, was terminated at Sedo within a matter of hours. My suspicion is that something wasn’t kosher about their account, and they were misrepresenting themselves.
The other day, I had a “fun” exchange with someone whose location was Libya. To be accurate, the country was listed as Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.
Unless the late Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi bestowed a large portion of his ill-amassed wealth to technocrats in Libya, I highly doubt that this offer was made via a legitimate person from Libya. In fact, Libyan IP ranges are known to be compromised, serving active proxies and acting as senders of spam and malware.
Today, Sedo confirmed that the supposed Libyan offer was made through one such IP, and I raised the issue of being able to block specific countries or regions from placing offers or bidding at auctions.
It’s a legitimate request, and from a technical standpoint it is easy to implement – once it goes beyond the rigorous quality assurance that Sedo puts in place. I must admit, that I’m making this statement tongue-in-cheek, in order to describe the lengthy process that Sedo’s Germany-based programmers undertake, before even the smallest code tweak is made.
Regardless, as a seller, I would like to be able to block out unwanted offers based on location; my past experience about certain countries and how they operate with regards to business would support that.