Our Offer is More Than the URL is Worth

Finding common ground regarding the valuation of a domain name is often a struggle for a prospective buyer and domain registrant. The buyer usually has one idea about the worth of a domain name and the registrant has another idea. Sometimes both parties can agree on a valuation for a domain name but making a deal is still impossible.

Many domain registrants fall in love with their domain names. There may be a long backstory to how a domain name was acquired, or the domain name may have been in someone’s portfolio for many years. Whatever the reason, it can be difficult for some domain registrants to agree to sell their domain name even if a “fair” offer is made. A prospective buyer will need to offer substantially more than its value to get a deal done.

Look at this another way. George Steinbrenner purchased the New York Yankees in 1973. Steinbrenner died in 2010, and his son is now the majority owner of the company that owns the team. Let’s say you made billions in Bitcoin. You want to buy the Yankees, despite the fact that they haven’t won a World Series in many years while their Red Sox arch rivals have won 4 times since 2004. You look at Forbes and see the team is valued at $6 billion. You team up with someone and decide to offer $6 billion to buy the team. Do you think you’ll get a deal done? No way.

In short, the NY Yankees may be worth $6 billion according to Forbes, but that doesn’t mean the Steinbrenner family would even consider selling the team for close to that figure.

Domain registrants may not be as attached to domain names as deeply as the Steinbrenner family and the Yankees, but you get the idea. An offer may be “fair” and equal to the market value of the asset, but that doesn’t mean a deal gets done if a market value offer is made. Sometimes it takes substantially more money to get a domain registrant to part with a domain name.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of DomainInvesting.com. Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has closed eight figures in deals. Please read the DomainInvesting.com Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest. Reach out to Elliot: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn


  1. Real simple………when someone offers a crazy low number for a domain which was “researched and calucated” by the EstiBot “file cabinet”, I just them why are they dealing with me…just buy the domain they want from EstiBot.com. That usually ends it – or gets a legitimate interest pointing the right direction 🙂

  2. The Yankees did win 7 championships during George Steinbrenner’s ownership- and I highly doubt the family would consider selling. Figured you would find a way to get the Redsox into your article as a comparison 🙂

  3. Just wait for the buyers emboldened by the Elon approach: “I am offering to buy this domain for $19.95 in cash, a 200% premium over the registration fee at your registrar and a 234% premium over their Easter weekend promotional discounts. My offer is my best and final offer and if it is not accepted, I would need to reconsider my domain choice for my project.” 🤣

Leave a Reply

Recent Posts

Fox.org UDRP Decision is Upsetting

Last night, I saw that WIPO had posted an update regarding the Fox.org UDRP. Fox.org is a domain name registered in 1996, and I...

CEO of NFT.com Shares Domain Name Acquisition Learnings

Jordan Fried is the owner of some exceptional domain names. A few of the domain names he owns include NFT.com, PuertoRico.com, and Fried.com. This...

Taking a Blog Break

I have been writing articles on my blog since 2007. I have been fortunate to have the advertising support of many domain industry companies...

Some Thoughts About 2023

As the year winds down, I have been thinking about what to expect for the upcoming year. I am hopeful that it will be...

How I Am Preparing for the New Year

Less than a week remains in 2022. This is generally a quiet week in terms of domain name sales, so I tend to spend...