“I was wondering if you were interested in selling your domain. I see that you are not doing anything with it and I had a project that I wanted to use the name for. I don’t have a lot of money, I’m just a student, so if you have it at a reasonable price I’d be interested”
You’ve probably received this same email dozens of time. My guess is that 10% of the people on the other end are telling the truth. The rest are just trying to get a better price. I figure if they are going to lie, I’m going to lie right back. I don’t have to lie and have no reason to but its much more fun. Its my domain and I can name whatever price I want but I figure I might as well have a little fun at the expense of the buyer. Here are a few of my responses to some emails
“I see you’re not doing anything with this domain”
Response: Actually this is my business email. No I don’t have a website on the domain but that’s not what I use it for. I do most of my business through the email that uses this domain and would have to have a solid offer to even consider the transition to a new email
“Before I buy the dot net I wanted to check the price of your domain”
Response: Thank you in advance for reminding me that I forgot to register the dot net OR Thank you in advance for the free traffic you will be giving my dot com. It is a proven fact that there will be “leakage” from your dot net to the dot com. I get plenty of type ins as it is but always appreciate more free traffic.
“I don’t have deep pockets”
Response: That’s OK because the money you’ll need to buy this domain wouldn’t fit in your pockets anyway. This is more of a bank account type name
“If you would kindly send me your best price”
Response: I’d have to go with Katie Price. I really don’t know a lot of Prices but she’s a pretty nice looking girl so I’d have to go with her as my favorite Price. I did like Joe Price when he pitched for the Reds so he would be my second best pick.
“‘I’m would like to buy this domain for my girlfriend to start a blog”
It’s amazing how many boyfriends are buying domains for their girlfriend. I’ve had two alone in the last year.
Response: “You’re a nicer boyfriend than I am spending all that money on your girlfriend. It’s also ironic that the domain is owned by my wife who wants to sell it to buy herself a new car because I won’t buy her one”
I’ve actually given these responses to some of my clients. I DO realize that selling domains is serious business but I figure I might as have a little fun while doing it if I feel that the buyers aren’t serious either. If they are…well… they’ll get past my antics if they want to buy them.