Price too high? Make an offer!!!

It’s a common misconception that the ExploitHub is simply an “exploit store”.  When we created the ExploitHub, we intended for it to be a marketplace, a free market for exploit developers (we call them “Authors”) and exploit users (“Customers”) to come together, provide Customers with exploits, provide Authors with development direction and fair compensation for their work, and determine fair market pricing for various types of exploits and utilities.  To further this intention, we’re introducing a new feature called “Make an Offer”, which you will now see a button for on all ExploitHub product pages.

In the ExploitHub market, as in all free markets, the Authors set their own prices for their exploits.  While on occasion we’re asked by an Author for guidance on how to appropriately price their exploit, for the most part Authors have set whatever price they feel their exploit is worth without any input or feedback from us.  While we do have to moderate initial prices and price changes to avoid skewing the monthly payouts to ALL Authors from our site-license Customers, other than a sanity check by our Validators there was previously no other feedback on pricing for Authors submitting exploits to the market.  Now, this has changed!

Using the new “Make an Offer” feature, Customers who are interested in an exploit but feel that the exploit is priced too high can now make an offer directly to the Author indicating what they are willing to pay for the exploit.  Authors receive alerts when these offers are made and can either accept the offer, which has the effect of changing the exploit’s price in the market to the offered price, rejecting the offer and leaving their pricing as it is, or making a counter-offer back to the Customer.  By continuing to make counter-offers, Authors and Customers can actively negotiate a price for the exploit that is acceptable to both of them, thus helping determine a fair market price for the exploit.

We hope that you find this new feature useful whether you are an ExploitHub Author or Customer, and that this further demonstrates our intention that the ExploitHub represent and operate as an open and free market, not a rigid, statically priced “exploit store”.

About Dustin D. Trammell

Dustin D. Trammell is the founder of both the annual BodyHacking Convention (BDYHAX) as well as the monthly BHAT COLONY (BodyHackers of Austin Texas) meetup. Dustin has also founded many other successful hacker and technology groups and events such as the InfoSec Southwest (ISSW) hacker conference now in it’s 6th year and the long-running Austin Hackers Anonymous (AHA!) meeting which just recently celebrated it’s first decade and has spawned dozens of “*HA!” offshoot meetings all across the country. Dustin is also a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, hacker, information security researcher, events producer, party host, gamer, game designer, and puzzlecrafter. Dustin further self-identifies as a bodyhacker through aesthetic body modification, wearable technology, health and nutritional supplementation, and quantified self practices.
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