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Old 21st March 2011, 08:14 PM
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Thai psychology

I was trying to buy one or more niche Thai domains recently for a development project. Of the three domains I was interested in, two were owned by Thais, and one by an esteemed (non-Thai) member of this board.

I did a deal with the board member without any problems but the attitude of the Thai owners surprised (shocked!) me because they made it very clear to me that they wouldn't sell the domains to me for one very simple and clear reason - because I was "foreign". It didn't matter that:

a) I was offering good money
b) I was planning to utilize the domains
c) I have lived in Thailand a long time
d) I have a Thai son and Thai step-daughter
e) I can speak Thai
f) They had no plans for the domains.

So I left them to stew in their xenophobia, life is too short.

That got me thinking though ... what if most Thais are like this, and importantly, what if this extends to domain sales as well as purchases? Nobody on this board really cares if they can't buy from Thais, but what if they can't sell to most Thais either?

Would Thais have this same xenophobic attitude about buying from foreigners, or is it just selling to foreigners they see as "unpatriotic" or whatever the **** they are thinking? Maybe Thais will consider it patriotic to buy domains "back" from foreigners? ;-)

The reaction I got was pretty sad, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Foreigners aren't allowed to own land in Thailand, and if you consider domains as virtual real estate ....
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