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hmmm, how much are you paying and what revenue does site promises?
I am planning to buy the site mainly because of the potential I see in it. But if the search engine rankings collapse after the purchase, the potential won't be there any more.
I recently bought a site with some nice backlinks. I didn't change the content, but like a good little boy I updated the whois information to reflect my ownership. Result? Dmoz yanked the listing for the site.
I want to ask couple questions if you don't mind. Did you experience any other side effects after purchasing the site? Are the search engine rankings for main keywords intact? How long has it been since you purchased the site?
Any chance the site seller was a DMOZ editor?
That would be quite a racket. Become a DMOZ editor, build fairly clean sites and get them set up with a high PR DMOZ category link since it is such a hot selling point, sell them, delist them, rinse, repeat...
Keep the competition in the category low.
In most cases the drop would simply be attributed to the "mysteries" of dmoz or (as in this case) blamed on the whois change. The seller would not be blamed.
In hope that the buyer tries to buy another site from them with a dmoz link.
I'm sure there are more reasons others here on the board could come up with as well.