WEB Tell me the truth. Is this wrong/bad/unethical

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  1. upparoom

    upparoom OT Supporter

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    one of my biggest competitors for god knows what reason let their company domain name expire.

    They are still in business

    I used godaddy's auction services to pick it up as soon as it was available.

    now I redirect the domain to one of my company's domains and some potential clients of theirs called us asking for help.

    should I feel wrong for keeping the customer? :dunno:
     
  2. komplex

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    Business doesn't have any emotions, your competition was careless and did not properly manage themselves. They let a valuable resource to their business wash away beacuse of careless mistakes. Being a "asshole" or crossing the line would invovle, posting a message on a blank page saying "we've closed, or out of business", or aka anything involving horrific imagery, etc. Move with the flow of business, if you lost your domain do you expect them to just give it back? That is the key question, but research and think long about it before you make a hasty choice you'd regret.
     
  3. KyleWhitey

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    It's just business. If you want to be a big dog, act like one.
     
  4. upparoom

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    along those lines I was thinking of adding a disclaimer before the redirect.

    something like "we are not affiliated with XXXXXXX"

    I would definitely never say anything like "we bought XXXX" or "XXXX is out of business" etc...
     
  5. Phasm

    Phasm OT Supporter

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    As long as it's clear and you aren't tricking the customers I think it's fine. It might be "textbook unethical" but it's the fucking internet, evolve or die.
     
  6. Insert Tokens

    Insert Tokens Making Cancer My Bitch OT Supporter

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    As long as you're honest at all times and not dodgy about it, all good. Put a note on the redirect page.. "Redirecting to xxxx" and make it properly redirect to your domain, not mask as though you're them.. etc..

    You can't always be "nice" in business.. they fucked up.. their loss, your gain :dunno:
     
  7. Tony Stark

    Tony Stark John McCain has an illegitimate mexican baby

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    you do realize that they can just go to ICANN and get the domain back right? + on top of that they can sue you for damages.
     
  8. trev.the.enemy

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    this :o

    long shot.. but this :hsd:
     
  9. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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  10. dazmanultra

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    If the domain is a trademark (registered or otherwise), expect it to get taken away at some point. You may also have to pay losses, should there be any case of passing off...

    I'd be more inclined to stick it under WHOIS privacy, stick a blog up about the subject matter.
     
  11. TrenT

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    Try and sell it back to them at a higher value
     
  12. upparoom

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    doubt its trademarked. but I'm throwing up a disclaimer just so it wont look shady in any way.
     
  13. kingtoad

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    :mamoru: Following the advise of wannabe web professionals on OT will only get your ass handed to you.
     
  14. Phasm

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    what industry is your company in?
     
  15. Browning

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    why the fuck did you even come back then? All you have been doing is bashing people :ugh:
     
  16. Browning

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    he always seemed nice before. Now it's almost as if it's a different person posting...don't remember him being a bad speller either :eek3:
     
  17. kingtoad

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    Learn something then. :dunno:
     
  18. kingtoad

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    :rofl:
     
  19. Browning

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    go back into hiding?
     
  20. kingtoad

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    Am I hurting your e-pussy? :wtc:

    Need me to massage it? :naughty:
     
  21. Browning

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    I don't really care but it just seems like you're a real asshole now days. Just wondered why?
     
  22. kingtoad

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    Seems like you care. :mamoru:

    I guess I'm an asshole. My friends call me a bad influence. :dunno: Maybe I need to troll harder.

    TWL these days is a joke, so I treat it as such, half of the comments following the TS post is proof as such. Get them to ban me if you don't like it. :dunno:
     
  23. kingtoad

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    But really, I couldn't think of any more accurate way to deliver what I said. If he had followed what most of you were saying, he'd end up eating his own shit.
     
  24. Pepsi1975

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    king toad stated when he came back that since he is no longer a mod, he was going to troll in here

    he says a lot of the things I am thinking :rofl:

    but I agree there has been a lot of bad advice in this thread
     
  25. kingtoad

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    In all actually, I :love: you all. I'm just don't care lately. :dunno: I'm thinking about posting some tutorials to up my karma lately.

    Then again, that may be the alcohol talking.
     

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