I received an email from a domain broker I do not know (and have never even heard of before) asking me if a domain name I own is for sale, and if so, what the price is. The broker indicated she was inquiring on behalf of a client who wanted to buy my domain name. My message to her was make an offer and she said she would need to get back to me.
I would imagine a domain broker working on behalf of a legitimate buyer knows what the buyer’s budget is. Additionally, an experienced broker should know the approximate value of a particular domain name. That information combined should be enough to at least provide a reasonable opening offer. If the budget isn’t commensurate with the domain name’s value, it seems unbelievable that a professional domain broker would take on the project, especially given the fact that the domain name they inquired about is owned by someone that is knowledgeable about the domain space.
If a domain broker isn’t willing to submit an offer right away, it could be an indicator that the broker is on a “fishing trip” trying to find out prices of various domain names without actually having a client interested in a specific domain name. I suppose there isn’t anything wrong with wanting to know prices of domain names, but it’s annoying as a domain owner when a broker indicates they have a buyer interested in a specific domain name only to find out that the interest isn’t real.
Whatever the case is with this broker, I still haven’t heard back with an offer from their client. In my opinion, if a domain broker is inquiring about a domain name on behalf of a client, they should be ready to make an offer if the domain owner isn’t willing to give a price or price range. It wouldn’t really make sense for a broker to inquire on behalf of a client that isn’t ready to submit an offer.
As always, your thoughts are welcome.