For some reason, people still claim to be students in order to try and get a lower price on a domain name. Whether a person is a student or not, many people tell domain owners they are students to influence the price of a domain name. I think people must read advice columns that suggested this tactic, and they don’t know any better. Sorry, but the “poor student” routine doesn’t work.
I occasionally get inquiries from people with .edu email addresses. This could indicate that the person is a student, but it could also mean the person is an alumnus of the college or university and retained their email address. With all of the email services out there, people who use a .edu email address likely do so to show that they are students.
When I see a .edu email address on an inquiry, it tells me that the person is almost certainly not willing to pay what my domain name is worth. They are either a student with a low budget (for real) or they are pretending to be a student so they can claim to have a low budget. Unfortunately, if they are dealing with me and many others, this is not going to work. The price of a valuable domain name is not going to go down because they can not afford to buy it. I am happy to sell a domain name to a student, but the price will be reflective of the market – not based on the buyer or the buyer’s budget.
I think inquiring to buy a domain name with a .edu email address is a bad idea. It immediately tells the domain owner or broker that the inquiry comes from a student who likely has a low budget. This may be an overgeneralized assumption, but the poor student routine has been overplayed and doesn’t work. I am much more inclined to respond to a lower offer from a @gmail.com address than a .edu address.
My advice is to ditch the .edu email address – even for students who want or need a domain name. Mentioning student status almost certainly won’t work these days, and highlighting the .edu address to a domain owner may not elicit any type of response. The best way to get a deal done is to make a good offer.