I am almost always looking to buy good inventory. I primarily seek out great one word .com domain names, but I also regularly participate in auctions for generic terms in the .com extension that would make a good investment. People also regularly send me domain names they want me to buy. Unfortunately, the vast majority of them are not investable for me.
Just because I pass on a domain name buying opportunity doesn’t mean the domain name is worthless. There are plenty of names that are worth a few hundred or a few thousand dollars. Even domain names I can’t imagine selling to anyone can sell to the right buyer. When I pass on a domain name it generally means I can’t see the value in buying it with the hope of making money any time in the near future. My portfolio is filled with “flyers” that may or may not ever sell. I am not going to pay a premium price for these flyers though.
People try to sell a domain name to me on a daily basis. The vast majority are domain names I would never consider buying. Off the top of my head, I would guess at least 80% are domain names I wouldn’t even consider hand registering. That said, I don’t have perfect domain name vision. A domain name may sell for $1,000 or $2,000, but I am not going to make an insulting offer to someone who thinks I would pay even half of what a domain name is potentially worth. I am also not going to go through escrow and a potentially annoying transfer process on a low value domain name unless I really want the name. That rarely happens when people submit names to me.
I do not have a good purchase valuation model. I don’t think that is even possible. When I buy domain names, I try to buy them for a smallish percentage of where I will price them and then I can adjust accordingly. Even with some outbound sales, I don’t think I generally sell more than 10% of my portfolio in the average year.
When you are trying to sell me (or another domain investor) a domain name, they might not be passing because your domain name is worthless or sucky. It simply might not be investable for them.