A Strange End User Request Renting a Domain


Warning: Illegal string offset 'keywords_time' in /home1/theman37/public_html/teendomainer.com/wp-content/plugins/internal_link_building.php_/internal_link_building.php on line 103

This past week I received two emails about a domain name I recently moved to why park and listed for sale. It has began to rank on google and gain traffic. I have received a few end user enquiries in the past, but not two in a few days time.

The first email was a simple "I would like to use this domain as my business name and I can offer you $60" I responded to it and gave my counter price with my justification for it and did not hear back.

Then the next day I got an email claiming "I would like to use this domain name as a prank for my co workers birthday and because you are not using it would you sell it to us."

I thought it was just the same person trying to get the name cheaper, and I replied with the same price, but added that if they did not want to pay the full price they could rent the names for a few days.

They replied that the price was too high, but they would be intrested in renting the domain name. It turns out that the person really wanted to use the name as a prank for a co worker and they are going to rent the name out for a few days. The name does not make a huge amount at whypark and I am not going to charge very much to rent it out for a few days. If I can rent the name out for a few days and pay for its renewal fee I will be happy.

My point of this funny and strange story is that although I thought the end user email was a trick, it turned out to be truthful. Some people have said they often don't respond to lowball and bad end user email, but I respond to all of them because you never know what could happen.

Related posts:

  1. How to Respond to the End User Question “How Much?”
  2. Critique My End User Sales Letter and Plan
  3. Increase the End User Response Rate Using Social Media

Comments

7 Responses to “A Strange End User Request Renting a Domain”

  1. Jamie
    January 18th, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    Warning: Illegal string offset 'keywords_time' in /home1/theman37/public_html/teendomainer.com/wp-content/plugins/internal_link_building.php_/internal_link_building.php on line 103

    Are they putting up a site on it? I hope you charged a little bit more than the renewal fee of the domain for the year.

    Anytime you “rent” a domain name, I would use caution and likely present a lease on the domain. They “could” put up some nasty stuff on the site, which can hurt the value of the domain in the long run. It may get indexed for something you do not believe in or want it indexed before and so on.

    Just use caution is what I’m saying.

  2. Rich
    January 18th, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    Warning: Illegal string offset 'keywords_time' in /home1/theman37/public_html/teendomainer.com/wp-content/plugins/internal_link_building.php_/internal_link_building.php on line 103

    Renting seems like a good idea as long as the domain holder has complete control of the content that is placed on the site and does not give access to anyone other than a trusted administrator.

  3. Abe
    January 18th, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    Warning: Illegal string offset 'keywords_time' in /home1/theman37/public_html/teendomainer.com/wp-content/plugins/internal_link_building.php_/internal_link_building.php on line 103

    Great Story. It is possible to feel the mail. I had a guy yesterday requesting give him a buy now quote urgently and take a domain out of the public auction at flippa, and deal with him straight…. of course.

  4. Joe
    January 18th, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    Warning: Illegal string offset 'keywords_time' in /home1/theman37/public_html/teendomainer.com/wp-content/plugins/internal_link_building.php_/internal_link_building.php on line 103

    I agree with Jamie. Renting a domain could potentially affect negatively its value. Be careful.

  5. Premium Domain Names
    January 18th, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    Warning: Illegal string offset 'keywords_time' in /home1/theman37/public_html/teendomainer.com/wp-content/plugins/internal_link_building.php_/internal_link_building.php on line 103

    Pretty interesting story. Do people actually rent domain names? I have always thought of renting a domain as very odd.

  6. TeenDomainer
    January 19th, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

    Warning: Illegal string offset 'keywords_time' in /home1/theman37/public_html/teendomainer.com/wp-content/plugins/internal_link_building.php_/internal_link_building.php on line 103

    @ Jamie and Joe

    Great point, I am going to charge a little more now that you said that and I will of course preview what they are going to put on the site.

    @Rich Yep I will keep everything under my control

    @ PDN Yep I guess they do!

  7. Bruce
    March 30th, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

    Warning: Illegal string offset 'keywords_time' in /home1/theman37/public_html/teendomainer.com/wp-content/plugins/internal_link_building.php_/internal_link_building.php on line 103

    I occasionally lease domain names out. Usually it starts when I get a query from someone who is saying they can’t afford my asking price as they are just starting up.

    I give them a reply pointing out that within 2 years of starting most businesses that are going to survive have progressed to the point where their future profitability can be seen and demonstrated and offering to lease them the domain name in annual increments for up to 2 years with them having a right to buy at a pre-agreed price any time in that 2 year period.

    I have an agreement about how they will use the domain name during the rental period (including banning any use that will get it dropped or devalued by Google).

    Interestingly enough, it tends to instantly end any haggling over the sale price and I make the rental sufficient to more than cover the full two year’s registration with the first instalment.

    Either their business survives & they buy the domain name at the end of the initial year or they go under & I recover the name.

    I’ve yet to meet anyone who stayed in business that didn’t choose to buy the name they had been trading under for the past 2 years.

    I’ve never had anyone wanting a short term lease for a joke though — sounds like money for jam.

Leave a Reply





Sponsors

  • cc
  • Above.com Domain Parking Manager
  • teendomainerminisites
  • Powered by eBay Auctions

  • Domaining blog recommended by Domaining.com