Some domain investors own a lot of domain names and get a lot of inquiries, some are desirable, some are lowball and some are just a snarky comment about why they don’t deserve to own the domain name.
There are services out there such as Domain Agents which provide a secured offer service where if you want to make an offer on a domain name, it is going to cost you $29.95.
From the site:
Open a negotiation for $29.95. Your offer will be presented, guaranteed*
Buying or selling a domain name doesn’t have to be complicated.
There is a reason why every year, thousands of clients trust us to assist with their negotiations.
There was a thread started on Namepros where a member was incredulous that Telepathy Inc, headed by legendary domain investor Nat Cohen was asking for $19.99 in order for him to make an offer. Namepros member Keith stated,
“I’m sorry but not a chance I’ll ever pay $19 in order to negotiate on a domain. This is a clear money grab. You get bombarded with emails? Set up an automated system to field offers and go from there. This is the kind of sh*t that gives the domain industry a black eye! ”
There was some back and forth where some agreed it was outrageous, and others understand that someone like Nat gets flooded with inquiries and that a system that separated the serious from the curious made sense. The site Telepathy uses is called SecuredOffers.com.
From the FAQ on SecuredOffers.com:
Why can’t I contact the domain owner directly?By using SecuredOffers.com you are reaching the domain owner directly. The domain owners who work with SecuredOffers.com have designated SecuredOffers.com as the exclusive means of submitting general inquiries and offers for their domain names.
Why do I have to pay to submit an offer?
SecuredOffers.com provides a valuable service by fixing a broken system for communicating between domain buyers and domain owners. Domain owners often ignore inquiries. For their part, domain buyers often feel that they are sending inquiries into a black hole as they rarely receive a response and don’t know who to contact that has decision making authority.
Holders of large domain portfolio receive a steady flow of inquiries. Many of the inquiries are anonymous or from aliases. Some are generated by automated scripts. A portion are from people who don’t understand the value of quality domain names and think it is reasonable to offer $20 for a domain that may have been acquired for thousands of dollars. A few are from those who will resort to legal threats if they don’t like the price offered. After years of responding to inquiries that lead nowhere, domain owners typically are burnt out and stop responding. They are looking for a better solution. SecuredOffers.com provides that solution.
SecuredOffers.com pre-qualifiers the inquiries sent to domain owners. We ensure that the offers come from real people, that the inquirer is serious enough to spend a few dollars to submit a qualified inquiry, and that the inquirer does not question the legitimacy of the domain owner’s domain name registration.
Of course some people on principal alone who are actually serious will not pay to open a dialogue.
Give your thoughts, would you pay to make an offer on a domain name ?