In the midst of a private negotiation about a domain name I wanted to buy, I received an email from the domain owner. Instead of picking up where we left off, it was a brand new email addressed to more than one person. The email explained that all recipients had inquired about the domain name and we could all reply with our best offer.
It’s an interesting tactic, sort of similar to an auction, but instead of dealing in private, the seller chose to make it more public. With email addresses exposed, all recipients could see who the other potential buyers were, possibly sizing up their spending capabilities and possibly revealing future plans.
I’ve inquired about thousands of domain names in private over the years, and this has only happened to me a couple of times. One time the recipients were BCC’d and the other time the recipients were simply CC’d.
When I received the emails it annoyed me enough to not even reply. I figured that if I beat some of the end users on the email, I would be overpaying. I also didn’t want to make my purchase public, as I thought I was dealing with a private negotiation.
What do you think of this domain name sales tactic?