I needed to re-add a domain name to my marketplace account, and I spent a few minutes trying to find the previous asking price. While looking through my emails, I found an exchange I had a couple of years ago with a prospective buyer. He offered $1,000 to buy the domain name, and I had it priced at $15,000. For whatever reason, he was perturbed that I owned the domain name as an investment.
Instead of responding to him in kind with insults or defensive commentary, I chose to de-escalate. The purpose of my reply, as I recall, was to show that the domain name is valuable, is coveted by others, and he should understand that it might not be available to buy at all had someone else owned it. I was pretty certain this wasn’t going to end in a deal, but nobody wins in a pissing contest.
I don’t think I have had a negotiation like this since, but I would definitely consider reusing this reply if necessary:
“Listen, I don’t want to get involved in a long back and forth when we are clearly miles apart.
There have been many other inquiries/offers for this name, and the auction I won had [X] bids. I paid much more than your $1,000 offer, and I was lucky because the auction ended on [Holiday], so it probably would have gone even higher had it not been a holiday and more people participated.
Ordinarily, I would recommend trying to buy another extension, but the .net, .org, .info, and even the .biz have been registered by other people. Maybe you can buy a new TLD (like .LOL since you are inquiring for a joke site), or find something unregistered.
With all due respect, you are not the first person besides me to find this domain name valuable, and I am quite sure that even if I put it up for auction with other investors, it would sell again for much more than $1,000.
On the flip side, had it been owned by a massive company or had I put my own joke site up, it likely wouldn’t even be available for sale at any price.”