Now I am not enough of a Flippa expert to know if I have got all the facts correct here -- but my son recently sold a site via Flippa and several of they buyers said they did not want the Final Sale price revealed.
In the end he went with one of these buyers and I believe explained that on the Flippa tread. Now lets be clear -- he was not trying to do Filippa out of their Success Fee -- indeed in this instant they earned their Maximum Success Fee
The 'problem' was that there is as far as I can tell no mechanism on Flippa at present to deal with this eventuality?
How about a 'quiet sale' option -- where buyer and seller agree to reveal sale price to Flippa -- but that price does not get published on the listing?
Now I know all you guys who like to keep track of sales and Stats won't like this - but it is my experience especially with larger sales that Buyers will want the sale price kept quiet.
Also, some buyers will object because they may feel they never got to know the Max Bid -- and as such never got a chance to compete against it. Well that is tough -- but really if they are a serious buyer they should be at least PM'ing the seller their interest -- allowing seller option to ask all parties to submit their max or best bid. (Best bid does not have to be max bid)
And yes, I know that can be exploited by dishonest sellers -- but not if Flippa was the Honest Broker in the situation and those bids were via them. Indeed Sellers / Buyers should expect to pay more for that situation.
As I'm sure we all know here, it is not only about the price -- it is about the buyer, how much we can trust them and how quickly they can act.
Anyway, just a suggestion for Flippa. As I see it right now, Flippa are the market leaders when it comes to creating an honest market for websites -- and this would be a worthwhile addition.
If on the other hand this option already exists - can someone please point it out and how we go about it