June 16, 2011

Request for advice.

My wife has a first name that is not very common. So, she grew up having to spell it for people, and, in the late twentieth century, I was able to gift her with an eponymous top level domain. (Something like "susan.net" or "sally.org", only with her distinctive first name.)

Yesterday, we received an unsolicited offer of a significant amount of money for the domain.

So, what should we do? Should we say forget about it – it's not for sale! –, or should we make a counter-offer?

And, the question arises, who is the would-be buyer? If it's just another person with my wife's name, that's one thing. But what if it's an organization whose acronym happens to spell her name? In that case, wouldn't we have a moral obligation to find out who they are and what they do? Perhaps, if they're a good cause, we'd donate the domain to them at no charge; but if they're evil, then, the domain would not be for sale to them at any price...

We would value your advice on this, dear NeuroCooking friends.

1 comment:

  1. I've had two different friends get offers to buy their domains. In each case they asked for, and received, $10,000. Immediately afterwards they both regretted asking for such a 'small' amount. One friend also got agreement that all email to his current email address on the domain he sold would be forwarded to a new address he provided for one year.

    By all means try and find out more about the company. Once you've decided that you want to sell to them start with an offer that you're perfectly happy to have them accept, because it may be exactly what you get. HTH



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