One of the most heated areas on a domain forum is the domain appraisal section. It becomes a duel back and forth between the thread starter and the appraisers. It is also one of the most popular and busiest sections on the forum.
Of course the quality of names runs the gamut from the very bad to the very good. A lot of times newer domainers use the appraisal section to list each new handreg they have made in the past week.
When bad domains are listed for appraisal they usually get $0 or reg fee replies. A lot of the time the person who started the thread gets nasty with the appraiser. The question you need to ask yourself is “Do I want an honest opinion of my domain ?” or “I just really want someone to agree with my valuation so I feel better about the purchase”
Its understandable and human nature to want someone to agree with you and your value of your asset. It is not what an appraisal section should be about.
First thing when starting an appraisal thread is give your own appraisal. Why did you buy this name ? What are the metrics you used to support the purchase ? What do you believe the domain is worth ? How did you come to the value ? Who are the end users for the domain ?
If you cannot do this then you got a fun name you like that probably has little value to anyone else.
Secondly do not battle back and forth with appraisers, they should be respectful and only give an appraisal if they have the time and effort to put into it. One or two word answers like $0 or reg fee, do not do anyone any good.
What you should do as the thread starter is look at the background and rep on the forum of the appraiser. Do they understand the language ? Do they tend to give thought out replies or short smart alec replies ? You need to always consider the source of who is appraising your domain.
So show some respect to those who take the time and give you a thoughtful reply, ignore the one word appraisals and don’t even reply and lastly remember it really does not matter what anyone thinks but yourself and the right buyer. The only exception is if you are selling a highly liquid domainer to domainer asset on the wholesale side. If LLN.com are going for one price you are not going to sell to another domainer for double that price.