Don’t Pitch Me a Domain Name via Snail Mail

I don’t check my corporate mailbox regularly because I don’t receive a lot of important physical mail. Just about everything I need comes to me via email. I visit my mailbox every once in a while so it isn’t overflowing to the point they have to package it up and ask me to wait in line to retrieve it.

On my last trip to the post office, I had a Priority Mail envelope waiting for me in the box. I opened the envelope and it had a letter from someone offering to sell me a domain name. The letter was pretty much a full page, and it had information about the domain name. The owner wanted nearly six figures for this domain name. To be frank, it is a domain name I would not even hand register, so I would never buy it nor could I recommend that someone else buy it. This is not the first time I have received a letter like this before.

Please do not send me a letter to try and sell me a domain name!

If you have a great domain name for sale, I am always looking to buy excellent one word .com domain names at good prices. Please send them to me via email. Great names stand out regardless of the method of contacting me. In fact, there is a far greater chance I will respond to an email than a letter. It’s much easier.

There is nothing wrong with trying to sell mediocre names. I see mediocre (and worse) names sell all the time. I am not really going to pay any sort of premium price to buy someone else’s mediocre names though. I have enough of my own mediocre names that I don’t need any more! There is probably nothing wrong with trying to sell a domain name to a prospect via mail, FedEx, or UPS either. In some cases, it may be the best way to get in touch with a prospective buyer. That said, sending me a letter or package is a waste of your money.

To summarize, it is far easier for me to consider buying domain names via email than via USPS, FedEx, or UPS. If you send a domain name sales letter to me via snail mail, you are wasting your money.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
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  1. While I agree that being pitched shitty name for six figures is annoying, I don’t agree that FedEx is not the right channel. I am pretty sure that you were about to be happy if the domain was popular dictionary word and the price was for the reseller market.

      • I agree with both Ivanov, and Andrew; the medium of communicating the name is not the issue. For example, it’s better to receive a snail mail seller’s offering of for $50,000, than to receive via email, an offering of for $50.

        However, you do make a cogent point, that it’s less efficient to do snail, relatively speaking.

        I don’t see this practice being a menace, for the same reason that people are generally rational actors, thereby, would come to the same conclusion. Any outlier, I presume, would have a special reason for doing so.

        • I am just asking people to send me email rather than postal mail or express mail. Some might prefer the later but I would rather get email.

  2. I received a mailer about a domain a year or so ago. It was crap and I couldn’t believe owner would waste money on postage and printing the domain pitch. Can’t remember the name but I recall that it was a flippa auction with a low reserve and still nobody bid on it.

  3. The best way to acquire domains from me used to be an SMS — I assume the new privacy regulations will prevent this.

    I inquired about a super premium domain for a former colleague via email this week — and got a response within 5 minutes, This is a mid-7 figure domain, too expensive for me, but not my friend whose company is well-funded.

  4. I hate when someone calls when the email is right there in whois. I don’t respond to that. The name I chose for my company in the early 2000’s turned out the be a term which has been growing and gaining traction throughout the world, which is really nice and cool to see. Someone called and left a voicemail me about it when they could just have emailed. It would be tempting to respond, but I didn’t. Same goes for a really great regional domain I won in an auction a number of years ago.


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