If you are a child of the 80′s and a fan of the movies, it is near impossible to watch this great video mashup by YouTuber dondrapersayswhat and not smile… a lot.
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Yesterday I had posted about an email I had received from a Mr. Abram Weinstein, Ph.D. who was interested in buying one of my domain names and my suspicions that his email was a domain appraisal scam. To see where this would lead, I went ahead and replied to the email with a price that I personally feel is a little high for that particular domain name – $10,000.
Today, I received the following response:
I offer 9000 usd. I have 45,000 usd budget for 12-15 domain names.
How can I pay you (PayPal, Western Union, escrow.com etc.)? If this is your first time domain sale I may help you with the sale/transfer process.
Are you a member of domain seller communities/forums? Probably, we know each other under some nicknames?
Naturally, I know where these emails are going… and I really should stop wasting my time replying. But by replying, I am also wasting their time and by following this to it’s inevitable end I will find out which “appraisal service” they are wanting me to use and once I have that information, I might be able to report them.
Plus, this process will hopefully help protect some young domainer out there that thinks that they have just hit pay dirt because someone is wanting to pay them much more than what their domains are actually worth.
So tune in tomorrow, when I reveal “Mr. Weinstein’s” follow up reply in Part 3 of this ongoing saga.
I own several domain names so it is not unusual for me to get an email asking if I would be interested in selling. I typically respond that for the right price, I am interested. However, something about today’s unsolicited email struck me as a little off. Here is the message body:
I’m interested in buying gothandglamour.com.
I’ve found it through Sedo.
Please respond with how much you are looking for it. Just specify this price in the subject line.
If you have other names for sale please email me your list with prices.
Abram Weinstein, Ph.D.
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So I did a little research which turned up this blog post by domain name investor Morgan Linton. It was a very interesting read about how the domain appraisal scam works. In a nut shell, a prospective buyer of your domain name contacts you agrees to your price if XYZ domain appraisal company (which is owned by the scammer) agrees with the valuation of the domain. You pay for the appraisal and then never hear back from the prospect.
The comments were equally as informative and several readers had posted similar stories, with emails very similar to the one I received above.
Suffice to say, I replied to the email, stating that “bidding woudl start at $10,000 USD” and I am awaiting the return reply as to which “domain appraiser” they want me to use. I will keep you posted.
We love roasted brussel sprouts in our family and we eat them quite often. Insanely easy to fix, just a little oil, some salt and pepper and pop them in the oven o a foil lined cookie sheet for about 30 minutes at 400°F. Easy. We love them. Even the little guy and the whole family loves them a little extra crispy which really seems to bring out the flavor.
But I never thought about roasting them with bacon. YUM!
Check out the recipe over at Nom Nom Paleo.
As any good AdWords agency knows, you have to be careful when running keyword and content targeted display ads. If not, you run the risk of having your ads appear next to a tragic event or a breaking news story, resulting in really ill-timed and inappropriate ad placement.
Promoted tweets on Twitter are no different as FX Networks is finding out when their promoted tweets for their new series The Bridge were showcased along with breaking news of the I-5 bridge collapse in Skagit Valley near Mount Vernon, WA.
Suffice to say, having a promoted tweet that reads, “Over The Bridge, not only the secrets are buried.” run along side breaking news for a bridge collapse where it was first reported that cars and people were under water certainly falls into the ill-timed and inappropriate category of ad display.
It’s OK, FX, we still love you.
— The Bridge (@TheBridgeFX) May 23, 2013
I received the ring knife in the mail the other day from the Handy Twine Knife Company and this is one review that has me mixed.
You see, I received two different types of ring knives and both were at the other end of the spectrum quality wise. The orange one was high quality metal that was dipped in an orange vinyl coating. The other one was green plastic that reminded me of a cheap plastic toy out of a cracker jack box but with a sharp blade on it.
Suffice to say, I loved the orange one. It felt solid and sturdy during use and worked wonderfully on fishing line, twine and popping off plastic straps on a large box. I will definitely be adding this to the tackle box and will likely even pick up a spare or two for the tool box.
The plastic green one however was a bit “flexible” and left me with concerns that the plastic was going to break and the end result would be a run-away blade finding flesh. (For the record, it DID NOT and I am able to type this review all fingers still in tact.) While I might keep it around for small jobs, it will only be used if I can’t readily find the orange one. In fairness, I may have reviewed it higher it didn’t come with the vinyl covered metal one, which is a tool I can see myself using often. Safely.
There is a new survey program in beta testing called PaidViewpoint that is looking for beta testers to sign up and actually get paid their viewpoints. Not points, not entries to win but actual cash via PayPal.
The more you answer the higher your TraitScore, the higher your TraitScore, the more you earn per answer.
If you like participating in survey’s, this this one is for you. If you like being paid for your opinion, then this one is definitely for you.