I search for domain name acquisition targets in many ways. One of the most regularly used methods is simply visiting a domain name to see how it is used. There’s no sense in making an effort to buy a domain name if it is being used as a brand by a billion dollar company or well-funded startup.
Domain names that are available for sale often have a “for sale” landing page either hosted by the registrant or by a platform like Afternic or Sedo. Afternic landing pages, for example, notify the visitor that the domain name is for sale without providing any pricing information. The landing page implores visitors to submit their information to get a price within 24 hours or to call and get a price immediately:
I’m not much of a phone person. I don’t really want anyone to call me to chat about my domain names nor do I want to call anyone either. There is a way to find out pricing expectations for an Afternic-parked domain name without having to call or submit information.
Visit Afternic (or GoDaddy) and type in the domain name. Listed names will then show either the minimum offer and/or the BIN price. The domain name I looked at has a $250,000 minimum offer price, so it’s not worth my time or my account representative’s time to inquire.
One consideration someone might make, though, is that by submitting your details, a domain broker from Afternic or GoDaddy may reach out in the future if the price changes on that domain name. If I submit an inquiry today and pass on the domain name, a GoDaddy broker might email or call me in six months if the owner adds a buy it now price. This can be good for someone who retains an interest in a domain name but could be a nuisance for someone who has a fleeting interest in the domain name.