The majority of participants in yesterday’s poll about the value of Duck.com believe the domain name is worth more than half a million USD. This is not a surprise to me because of the utility of the Duck.com domain name along with the companies that could use Duck.com as an upgrade. In addition, Google owns Duck.com, so it obviously would take a major offer to persuade the company to sell its domain name.
I had a conversation with someone on Twitter who pegged the value at $10,000 – $20,000. I responded that I would pay more than $50,000 for Duck.com as an investment. In my view, animal domain names are quite popular right now, and I am sure I wouldn’t lose money in the $50,000+ range.
In response to throwing out my offer, two other domain investors also made offers via Twitter. Finlead, which owns and has owned some awesome domain names, offered $100,000 to buy Duck.com. George Kirikos, whose company also owns some fantastic domain names like 511.com, Math.com, and School.com, offered $200,000 to buy Duck.com.
Clearly, these Twitter-made offers are not binding, especially given the fact that Google has not even indicated that Duck.com is for sale. However, I am sure both of those investors (and my company) would honor their offers should Google decide to put the domain name up for sale.
I often deal with people who would seem like great prospects to buy domain names I own. They have a company that I believe would benefit from owning a domain name my company owns. When it comes time to making an offer or considering the BIN price I have set, they sometimes don’t think the domain name is worth what I believe it is worth. DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg asked Google if his company could buy Duck.com. I have no idea what Weinberg would be willing to pay for it even if Google would sell it. It looks like the starting offer should be north of $200,000.