It’s 2018, and virtually all domain names that have substantial value have been registered for many years. The best way to buy these domain names is either via broker or through private acquisitions. If you want to achieve greater success acquiring exceptional domain names, you need to make realistic offers commensurate with their values.
People and companies that own exceptional domain names have either owned them for many years or they acquired the domain names in the aftermarket. If a domain name has been owned by an entity for many years and it has substantial value, it is very likely the owner has turned down many great offers. If a domain name was acquired in the aftermarket, it is equally likely that a lot of money was spent to acquire the domain name.
Whatever the case may be, a domain name owner is going to need a significant offer in order to be enticed to sell a domain name. Assuming the domain name is actually valuable, I think it is critical that a prospective buyer make an offer that is commensurate with its value. It’s 2018, there is no point in offering $1,000 for a $50,000 domain name. There is a far greater chance of being ignored than working out a deal.
For many years, domain investors, startup founders, brand consultants, marketing firms, and others have spent countless hours trying to acquire domain names for their holdings or on behalf of others. It is highly likely that an owner of a valuable domain name has received and declined many offers over the years. A cheesy pitch or a blind inquiry asking if a domain name is for sale is less likely to yield a response than a reasonable offer.
I have found the most success buying domain names by 1) contacting the right person and 2) making a reasonable and fair opening offer. If a prospective buyer doesn’t know what a reasonable and/or fair offer is, the prospect should probably spend more time doing homework.