I have to share what I think is the dumbest response to a domain name inquiry that I have seen in a very long time. I asked about the price of a domain name that had a “for sale” message on its landing page, and here is the response I received:
“If you have to ask then you can’t afford it.”
Let that sink in for a second. I simply asked the domain owner for the price of his domain name, and this is the answer he gave me.
I think this is a pretty dumb response. First off, how is anyone going to know whether or not they can afford a domain name without the price? How else is someone suppose to get the price of the domain name without asking what the owner wants for it?
A buyer may be able to afford to pay 6 or 7 figures for a domain name, but being willing to pay that much depends on the purpose of the acquisition. Having the ability to pay a price for a domain name has little to do with whether they value the domain name at that price.
I can’t imagine going into my local Mercedes dealership, asking the price for their 2017 AMG SL65, and being told that if I have to ask I can’t afford it. That type of response would be considered disrespectful and unprofessional.
Maybe the domain owner was having a bad day. Maybe the domain owner assumed that I am a domain investor and wasn’t going to pay an end user price. Maybe the domain owner was hoping that the response would offend me and I would reply with a massive offer or some other response indicating I had the means to spend a lot of money for the domain name.
Whatever the case is, I found the response to be absurd, and I didn’t bother replying.
Now I am sure there will be people who think that this may have been his way of vetting people before wasting time, and he was successful. That may be an accurate assessment, but had I represented a third party (I never do) who was willing to pay 6 or 7 figures, the guy would have lost a deal. For many domain brokers, when given the chance to work with someone difficult or find another domain name for their client, many will simply look elsewhere.
If it were me and I didn’t think the person who inquired was qualified or I didn’t feel like dealing with the other party, I would have not responded.