I have had my fair share of Go Daddy “Domain Buy Service” offers that cost $69.99 per domain, plus commission. And I also had a few Certified Offers through Network Solutions that cost $19 per offer plus a percentage of the final agreed upon sales price.
Today I got an anonymous offer from Domain Agents. Their service costs $49.95 plus a 10% fee.
The offer was from a woman in the US and her offer was $199. My domain is nothing great but I don’t sell domains at $199. Not even $500 that was her next offer. At that price it costs me more to sell than to let it expire. Escrow fees, bank fees, other misc fees and my accountant fees, not to mention my time that is the most important quickly add up. And of course I think that the domain is worth at least $2,500.
Somehow I got her email address (it was pretty easy actually) and emailed her direct. I told her my price and she replied:
Thank you; however I am not interested at that price.
Contact me again if the price gets in my range.
I do not choose to make an offer today.
My reply just came naturally:
Yes, it would be better if you didn’t.
Seriously, who are these people that spend $50 to make a $199 offer? Do they think that it costs $50 to make an offer on a domain name while the domain name doesn’t cost anything? I don’t get it. Maybe some other day…