Today I was online helping a friend purchase a domain, which was owned by a Chinese gentlemen.
He was asking $7999 for a domain that we knew was valued somewhere around $1000-4000 (As the same domain was being auctioned by him on another site!)
Clearly overpriced, We decided to directly mail him and haggle a bit, which is very common when negotiating for domain names, especially because the value of domains is very subjective to begin with.
Here was the initial conversation:
I’m interested in the domain name [DOMAIN].com.
How much do you want to sell it for?
[DOMAIN].com 7999 USD
We only wanted to pay around $1000 dollars, Also due to his email alias we found out he was Chinese, so I sent the following message:
To which he promptly responded:
感谢你的关注，1000 块 你能买到任何双单词 CVCV COM吗？ 如果有的话请你选择其他域名购买。
At this point I was a bit unsure how to pursue, as he was unwilling to even budge a dollar. As such there were a few questions going through my head:
1. Was he offended by the low initial offer? If so, then why did he have the same domain name up for bid for such a low price on another site?
2. Was my Chinese not persuasive enough?
3. Was he offended that I messaged him in Chinese?
4. Does he just drive a hard bargain hoping we will just agree to pay $7999?
If I am to reply, how should I go about doing so?
Regardless, I didn’t see too much use in further negotiations so decided to just respond with: