Guidance on why Flippa may not allow a listing to go live on our platform or a listing that is already live might be taken down.
Flippa’s verification process for business owners.
During our vetting processes at Flippa, we may remove your listing from the platform due to it breaching our policies related to businesses that are not able to list on our marketplace.
Our vetting process can occur
- before listing,
- during the go-live stage or
- as our systems monitor the live marketplace.
In the event that a listing is live already, it may be temporarily suspended in order to address concerns with the business owner. If our concerns are serious in nature, the listing my be canceled without warning and access to your account could be removed.
Businesses not accepted on Flippa.
- Businesses that are unable to verify claims made related to finances, traffic, users, and other business metrics when asked to by the Flippa team.
- Online assets without a revenue stream that are being sold for $10,000 or more. These businesses typically include starter sites that are a few months old or projects that are pre-revenue.
- eCommerce businesses priced at over $25,000 where have been operating for less than 1 year.
- Partially selling a business where the owner operates the site and the buyer then manages / runs a subdomain, subfolder, or an account on the business's platform. (i.e. example.com/site or site.example.com) are not allowed.
- Promoting the sale of weapons, imitation weapons, and weapon accessories.
- Businesses where Flippa is the source of at least 30% of income.
- Reskinned and cloned mobile applications. More detail here.
- Businesses that operate in breach of the terms of service for other 3rd parties. (i.e. Selling of bot traffic, fake followers, likes, or streams across social media and streaming platforms)
- Businesses that operate spamming services or link farms.
- Businesses that have overly suspicious or fraudulent backlink profiles.
- Businesses that include software they aren't licensed to sell. A seller must be able to verify they have the correct license, and no copyright infringements.
- Adult or overly sexual content and escort services. Adult products, toys, and underwear are allowed, but such assets cannot show prohibited content.
- Any business which attempts to circumvent or bypass the Flippa terms of service.
- Any business running on Shopify must have its own corresponding domain. A business can't solely be run from the *.myshopify.com.
- Any business that operates a similar marketplace as Flippa does where business owners and buyers come together to sell online businesses.
- Businesses where ownership is unable to be fully verified. For example, domains for businesses may require proof of domain registration ownership and ID verification, web apps or mobile apps may require ID verification where assets are hosted on 3rd party platforms.
- Any e-commerce business that has 1 or more suppliers that feed in multiple storefronts across marketplaces, FBA, Shopify or various e-commerce portals are not to be split into separate entities and listed. They are to be sold as a single business.
- Any business that receives most of its revenue from Etsy cannot list on Flippa. Due to an Etsy store transfer policy, see here. If Etsy isn't a critical component of the business, then the business can still list, and the Etsy account won't be part of the sale. You will need to instruct buyers to setup a new Etsy account.
This list does not define all businesses not accepted on Flippa, and therefore on a case by case basis, some business models may be deemed not acceptable for Flippa. In the event this occurs, we will review the business and communicate with the business owner.