Here is a round up of some stuff that I find interesting – hope you do too.
Don’t You Hate It When …
(The following saga is a negotiation conducted via LinkedIn messaging).
You get a prospective buyer that really stuffs you around. Someone who haggles with you for a much better price, and when you finally agree, they don’t settle. This person is a financial adviser based in Brisbane.
Then they come back a month or so later, and apologise and ask if domain is still available. I say yes – they say they will complete purchase when they get back from Christmas leave.
I don’t hear from them, so I follow up on January 21st and ask if they still want the domain.
Them: “What price for the domain again?”.
I tell them, and then silence.
I’m getting peed off now, but still remain polite. Follow up about a week later, and give them a courtesy heads up that if I don’t hear back from them that day, then the offer will be withdrawn. They almost immediately reply with this comment:
Them: “Understand. At this time, I do not require this domain for a while”.
Me: “No problems, thanks for your interest”.
A couple of weeks later they come back to me yet again. Ask if the domain is still available.
Me: Yes, still available at the previously agreed price.
Them: OK Thank-you, so how do I pay & transfer the domain name to me?
I explain process yet again.
Them: Ned, thank-you would you accept $xxxx plus GST for the domain?
(This new figure is slightly more than half of the originally agreed price!).
So now I’ve had enough.
Me: I had a feeling that you would try a stunt like this. Unbelievable. I shall give you a good mention on my blog. And I will not sell you the domain under any circumstances; and have removed you as a contact on LinkedIn.
Them: I suggest you check your message, before acting irresponsible.
What’s Happening On The Drops
Yesterday was a very quiet day, with the top purchase being $189 for a 3 letter domain.
This particular purchaser (295 Productions Pty Ltd) has been winning quite a few 3 letter domains recently. Interestingly, his only purchases seem to be with Netfleet – I keep daily records and can’t see any winning bids on the other two platforms. Not suggesting anything untoward – but I’m surprised he doesn’t cover his bases with Drop and Domain Shield.
The other purchase that I was really pleased to see was PerthDrones.com.au. This was picked up by my mate (and guest blogger on Domainer.com.au) Rob Kaay. When I was in Perth recently, he shared with me his business ideas. He is definitely an entrepreneur!
Website Of The Day
I wish Melissa and the team great success, and hopefully I will get to meet them tomorrow at James Cook University.
A Great Resource
Finally today, Eric Borgos is one of my most favourite bloggers. He is a major domain investor from the USA, and over the years, he has shared the good, the bad and the ugly about his journey.
He doesn’t blog that often, but when he does, it’s essential reading.
His latest post is: My Top 10 Mistakes and Failures
If you have any comments on any of the above, I’d love to hear them.
Should you have any suggestions for future stories – or any “hot news”, please let me know.
Best wishes for your online success. 🙂