Domain inquiries: No, I’d rather not make a domain sale today

After 15 years of direct end-user domain sales, I'm very familiar with the lingo used by those who attempt to get a domain on the cheap. I'm not referring to the hordes of "poor students," or the "single entrepreneur moms," or even the occasional cash-strapped "non-profit." Domain sales occur when the offer is within my asking range, and there are a few reasons not to accept an offer that implies they are doing you a favor. A domain asset that you have spent time, effort and money to acquire, is yours, strongly so, unquestionably so. No offer to the south of the combined value of these parameters should sway you away from your asking price. One of the most used techniques of domain portfolio predators is the reference to making "a sale today." In other words, they insinuate … [Continue reading]

Not all Chinese domain investors are worth dealing with

There are plenty of domain professionals from China that are honest, up front and willing to engage in domain transactions with Westerners. They speak adequate English, and at any rate, better than my Mandarin. Whether you sell to the Chinese, or buy domains from them, you're bound to come across some shady characters. I sold domains to Chinese domain investors years before the current craze for short domains formulated. During the past 18 months, I've also been bugged non-stop by spammers that send random offers for domains in my portfolio. Spamming the owners of short domains is related to the relatively smaller number of permutations; for example, there are "only" 456976 LLLL .com domains (26^4), and if one were to only include the so-called "Chinese premium" letters, the … [Continue reading]

Update: Domain Name Sales tackles remaining issues

Three issues I shared in a post about Domain Name Sales yesterday, were addressed with record speed. All three glitches most likely affected everyone's domain portfolios, and while they were random in their occurrence they were also frustrating. It seems that a caching server exists between what one sees in the back-end, while editing their domain portfolio, and the live content. The latter, syncs with the domain portfolio setting after so many minutes have passed. Apparently, there was a disconnect between the two that is now being worked on. The intermittent loss of syncing can be witnessed when, for example, one edits the casing of their domain, or re-allocates the domain to different categories or portfolios, and there is no update in the next minute or two in the live … [Continue reading]

Three issues at Domain Name Sales while the Uniregistry Market is on its way

Ever since I saw Frank Schilling's presentation of the Uniregistry Market and the presentation of the app during NamesCon, I've been patiently awaiting its upcoming launch. Uniregistry has been … [Continue reading]

Domain portfolios : ‘Friendly prices’ might not be the best you can get

To paraphrase an old saying: When offered a non-gift horse, by all means look it in the mouth. Domain portfolios are often paraded among peers, in exclusive emails or lists that are shared … [Continue reading]