When I receive an email from CertifiedOfferService@networksolutions.com, I get a bit excited because I know someone has paid to submit an offer to buy a domain name of mine, and they are using the Network Solutions Certified Offer Service to submit it.
Why is it exciting? The person or company had to pay $39 to make the offer (or more for an offer over $25k), and one would assume that if they are willing to pay that much for the opportunity just to make an offer, it will be a decent offer.
Here’s a tip for people who pay for a service like Network Solutions to make an offer: You should make an offer that is enticing enough for the domain owner to at least counter offer you. If you send me a $100 offer for a domain name, you are wasting my time, your time, and of course, your money. If you don’t know what a decent offer is, you should probably get some guidance before spending money to make an offer.
Using a service like Network Solutions’ Certified Offer Service or Domain Agents to make an anonymous offer on a name that isn’t listed for sale elsewhere is a wise idea. It’s especially smart for large companies that want to covertly acquire a domain name but not pay for an uber expensive brand management company to do it on their behalf. However, submitting a low offer is only going to result in a rejection and a waste of time and money.