I’ve found that many people don’t have an interest in selling their domain names to domain investors. Many seem to think they are either going to see their name re-sold for a huge profit or that they are getting a raw deal. I want to share some insight in when it might be advantageous to be a domain investor and how that can help you acquire a domain name.
More often than not, I buy domain names from people who have either never done anything with a particular domain name or have ceased operations on a domain name. These people tend to be happy to make money by selling names that aren’t making any money for them. Most don’t really care about the domain name after and are just happy to have made some cash for something that had basically been lying around.
On occasion, I will come across a domain name that is owned by a company in that particular field, but it is either not being used or it’s underutilized. These companies would be reluctant to sell their domain name to a direct competitor, as the money from the domain sale would pale in comparison to the potential lost business should the domain name be acquired and used by a competitor.
However, if they see that I am a domain investor, they might be more willing to let me buy it, knowing that I am probably not going to be able to directly compete with them. They may or may not realize that I will probably sell it down the road, but they aren’t dealing directly with a competing company that is going to put the name to good use.
The next time you are buying a domain name that is owned by a company that would be considered an end user, you might want to make it clear that you are a domain investor and not a competitor.