If you lie, be prepared to be outed as a liar

No promise is set in stone and no deal is closed until the money’s in the bank.

It’s understandable that certain domain deals go south, despite the expectations and promises they were initiated with.

As a domain seller, I am respectful of the occasional ‘change of heart’ by the prospective buyer; unless they already signed a binding agreement, that is.

Genuine situations can be related to an illness, an accident, an unexpected financial loss. If that happens, I expect the other party to explain their hardship; I’m willing to nullify a deal when that occurs.

When you flat out lie about it, however, and you’re later discovered to be lying – particularly after you kissed butt to walk off the deal – then be ready to be outed as a big, fat liar.

An excuse for one such deal, claiming that they were gone camping in upstate New York and without any cellphone signal to respond to emails, all while that same evening they tweeted, is a display of lack of ethics. I despise unethical people and karma sooner or later catches up with those that do it systematically, in personal or professional transactions.

As Mike Mann said in one of his famous ‘MannQuotes’: If you don’t lie, you don’t have to remember what you said.


  1. I hate liars, as most people do! In my opinion, honesty in business or personal relationships is really the most important thing to me. Honesty builds trust, which results in nothing but good things! As coach Rick Pateno said after he got caught having an extramarital affair, “Lying makes a problem part of the future; truth makes a problem part of the past.”, as evidenced by your post.

  2. i HATE liars… as does my fiance Morgan Fairchild.

  3. As the great Ronald Reagan said “Trust, but verify”……

  4. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
    Mark Twain

  5. On a somewhat unrelated note…. “Buyers are Liars”

    That is all you need to know. When you find out someone is lying to you when discussing buying a domain it means they REALLY WANT THE DOMAIN. Enough to hide it.

  6. Acro, you lied that you were going to out the liar, and you didn’t. 🙂

    More info needed.

  7. Vincent – Very eloquent comment, I’m with you 100%.

    RaTHeaD – As long as it doesn’t involve Angelina Jolie, we are fine.

    Aaron – I’ll have to verify if Ronnie said that.

    eh – Thanks for the original quote source.

    KD – A very small percentage of buyers will devise the “my dog ate my homework” approach. Adults telling kids lies still?

    Uzoma – Trust me, they know now.

  8. Maybe you will know what Bill Clinton said then…..”I did not have sexual relations with that woman”

  9. krishna Nalamothu says

    Acro, your recent short posts are good business and personality development lessons.

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