I've been selling domains on Flippa for sometime now without any issues mainly because I screen buyers but recently one slipped through who would not respond or send payment. I filed a dispute with Flippa and was surprised by the result. The buyer told Flippa that the "content had changed by the end of the auction" (which was not true). So they cancelled the dispute, buyer was not obligated to go through with the sale and I was still stuck with the success & listing fees as if it was my fault. Yes you heard it, a buyer can get out of a domain only auction by stating the content had changed on the domain if there is content on it even though you are only selling the domain.
When I approached Flippa about this, they said that I could only solve it with the buyer by contacting him to agree to a mutual cancellation. The same buyer who wouldn't respond in the first place all of a sudden does to agree to a mutual cancellation, go figure. So now I have had to file another dispute to cancel the listing altogether in order to get the success fees waived and to relist it. What a headache it is to deal with non-paying buyers in the first place and then on top the way Flippa chooses to handle it.
The real issue here is that Flippa stated that a domain auction can only have a domain parking page on it, nothing else...not a website or any other page for that matter. I couldn't find any rules stating this and wondering if anyone else heard of it. I see many domains listed that contain from domain parking pages, 1 or 2 website pages to full blown sites on Flippa and elsewhere and don't see what the issue is about it. I never heard that Sedo, Godaddy or anyone else expect a domain to be parked before you could sell it in their marketplace so why would Flippa have an issue about it in theirs. They should understand that if a seller can't get the price they want for the domain, they may not want to keep it parked and if they already have some pages on it don't want to remove them to lose rankings or the potential it can show to a future buyer. Obviously they don't understand domain sales (or don't want domain auctions listed) and maybe should remove it from their marketplace if they are going to restrict sellers in this way.
And if they have deadbeat bidders who don't want to honor auctions they shouldn't accept their lame-brain excuses and shaft it to the sellers.