I received an offer for one of my domain names a few weeks ago, and although we started out quite far apart, we were able to bridge the gap to within a few thousand dollars after several emails. I was debating whether or not to sell the domain name because I had plans for it, but I decided if the right deal was struck, I would sell it.
After some discussion, I learned that the potential buyer is located in California – Napa Valley to be precise. I have an affinity for Napa Valley reds, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon.
Because we couldn’t come to terms on the dollar amount I wanted to move on the name, but we were fairly close, I decided to pose an offer to the buyer. I told him I would agree to his final offer price if he puts together an exceptional case of Napa Valley wines. We had a bit of a laugh about it and agreed on the deal at his final price. We transacted as I normally would, without including the wine as part of the deal. Frankly, I didn’t know for certain if the wine would arrive, but I was comfortable with the sale price, and I know his business will benefit from owning the domain name more so than mine.
A couple weeks passed after our transaction, and on Friday, a huge box arrived. The box contained some awesome Napa Valley red wines from vintages as far back as 1994. Each of the wines is special, and I am appreciative that the buyer lived up to his word.
I think this is my favorite domain sale of all time, and it shows that sometimes you need to be creative to reach a deal, especially if you and the buyer/seller both dug your heels in on a firm number and don’t want to give in on it.