There are a number of domain names that I would love to own. I would even be willing to pay full retail value for some of these domain names. The problem is that the owners have no interest in selling them for whatever reason. Being persistent is one way to get your deal done.
I want to share a non-domain name related story that could easily be a story about buying a domain name. It’s about a “tiny car” collector named Bruce Weiner and how he was able to purchase a rare 1955 Kroboth Allwetter-Roller. Here’s how he was able to get the deal done according to NBCNews.com:
“Weiner heard that a prized example of the car was owned by an older man in Bavaria. Weiner traveled to the man’s house every three months for three years, but the seller adamantly refused.
‘He chased me off the property every time,’ he said. ‘He either met me with a shot gun or German shepherds.’
Eventually, the owner died and Weiner befriended the man’s sister and brother, and convinced them to sell.”
Now I don’t recommend chasing people down to try and purchase a domain name. However, if you email them on occasion to remind them of your interest and willingness to pay a fair price, you might get lucky and be given an opportunity to purchase the domain name.
There are a couple of factors to consider. First, you need to be willing to pay a fair price. Many people would sell their domain name if given a good offer. Just because someone is blowing off your $2,000 offer on their 3 letter .com domain name doesn’t mean they don’t want to sell. Perhaps they know it’s worth more and your continued emails are annoying. Second, you should be friendly in your email and let the person know your interest won’t wane. Ask them to kindly be in touch if they want to sell.
I have done a few deals after being in contact with a domain owner multiple times over a period of time. People’s finances and/or lifestyles change, and their desire to sell a domain name may change as well. As a domain owner, I don’t mind someone’s persistence, as long as the offer is fair.