10 Things I learned About Chinese Domain Buyers

I sold a few domain names to a few Chinese buyers in November and December and it was all together a pleasant experience.

Everybody knows they like short domain names and numerics but here are a few things I learned about Chinese domain name buyers while selling domains to them:

  1. They always use more than 2 email accounts in every email message they send.
  2. They always reply from a different email address than the one they first contacted you.
  3. They will always start offering a low price but will then haggle. You should always leave some room in your price for negotiations.
  4. They will haggle but they can and will reach a deal.
  5. Their English improves while closer to the deal.
  6. They will use Escrow.com as well as their local DN.com.
  7. They pay on time.
  8. They created accounts on various registrars(Fabulous, Dynadot) so I could push the domains.
  9. They are fast to approve and complete the Escrow.com transaction after they receive the domain names.
  10. Have you heard? They are buying everything! 🙂

Of course there are always exceptions to any rule like the latest scam with buyers delaying payment while waiting for market prices to change and while finding a buyer for the domains they have in escrow.


About Konstantinos Zournas

I studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and I am now living in Athens, Greece. I went online in 1995, started coding in 1996 and began buying domain names and creating websites in 2000. I started the OnlineDomain.com blog in 2012.


  1. I received a few offers for some LLLL.com i own and i accepted,
    but they never replied back :/
    Weird …

    Thanks for the article, good to see that when they are really interested, they keep the communication …

  2. A lot of Americans will not like it when you say something good about China or Chinese buyers.

    • @Domain Observer,

      Really? I haven’t observed that at all. Within the domain industry, American domainers are more than happy to have Chinese buyers. Many are positively euphoric about China and its appetite for domains!

      Outside the domain industry in America generally, racism and jingoism are there to be found, sure – as they are in all societies. China has sometimes been a direct competitor to U.S. manufacturing jobs; so ill will shows up in that sector occasionally. But I don’t detect much anti-Chinese racism in this country. The usual targets for U.S. racism are African Americans, hispanics, and arabs.

      Where are you hostility toward China?

  3. Have some pretty amazing domain names that i got by utter fluke but will not be able to sell in USA due to trademark challenges. Interested in selling to a Chinese domain buyer instead as I found they negotiate such things with companies much better. Can you share any leads on any reputable private broker who would deal with hot potatoes?

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