Company wants to buy my domain! Sell out or not??

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by 617media, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. 617media macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2010
    I bought the domain a while back for about $6.50 just on a whim... I was pretty shocked it was available to buy at the time actually. anyways this company has contacted me wanting to purchase the name for their client.

    They claim their client's budget is around $500, meaning I could probably get $750 or something out of them. If I ask for too much, I can tell they will just use a different name that isn't nearly as valuable and stay near their budget (unless they are bluffing). Trying to make a decision today or tomorrow... it's really tempting to having a free $750 transfered to my bank account today for doing absolutely nothing but sitting here drinkin ice tea and puffin on a stogie, but at the same time it's not a lot of money.. and I don't want to make a decision I regret in 6 months, a year etc.

    Anyone with some experience with domain trading/value/appraisal who has advice thatd be sick

    What I have gotten so far from the two people I talked to is that I shouldn't sell and that the name could be worth far, far more.... but paper is like *****, it's very hard to say no when it's easy and clean.

    I just feel like due to the keywords (facebook, marketplace) and the massive level facebook and facebook marketplace continues to blow up, I might be ****ing myself over just for wanting some petty cash. I am a young college student though so it's still tempting.

    My other concern/question, is that because I am using part of a trademarked name in my domain "facebook" , is there any laws that I should be aware of? Like in fantasy land Facebook would contact me and buy the domain off me... but as my friend pointed out if they wanted to do that they most likely already would have.

    I would feel really, really stupid if I ended up waiting/promoting the domain for a more reasonable offer (in the thousands), and I somehow lost the rights to it for copyright ******** matters.

    And also although I don't really NEED the money, I'm still a young college student and it's not like $500-1000 isn't a nice little chunk

    WHat would you do??? THANKS !!
  2. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    Domain squatters.. high on my list of favourite people..
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Don't sell. Period. There is value in that domain.
  4. 617media thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2010

    thank you for the straight forward opinion, that's the feeling I am starting to get from a lot of people.

    I suppose cash park, and then skip out on the instant gratification of a couple hundred dollars ?
  5. macquariumguy macrumors 6502a

    Jan 7, 2002
    Sarasota FL
    I'd sell it ASAP. Facebook could take it away from you for nothing and probably would if the right (or wrong) people became aware of it. Get out while the gettin's good.
  6. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    Be aware, however, that if at a later point Facebook itself wants that domain, they'll probably get it without paying you anything. It uses their name, which is a trademark. It's not like a common surname that you can claim rights to.

    Just a thought. I'm not saying sell now, but if you wait long enough you might not get anything. :)
  7. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    Park the domain with Sedo and you **may** get a better income than the $500 offered.
  8. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    Youre making a profit for ZERO work.

    Dont look a gift horse in the mouth. Especially when its for something as stupid as FB.
  9. Ttownbeast macrumors 65816

    May 10, 2009
    It's not going to make you a millionaire, I'd take the 500 bucks that should cover half the cost of your text books for the term.
  10. 617media thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2010
    lol pay for my textbooks.... thats what you have parents for

    I have another buyer now who is offering $800.... I am going to need to pop a xanax soon this is getting very stressful.

    And yes I know this is not going to make me a millionaire.... a couple thousand at least would be nice though.
  11. TheChillPill macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    I buy and sell domains quite frequently, and I can't see you getting a couple of thousand for that, being honest.

    It's an easy to remember name, but not very 'brandable', and as others have mentioned, there is a trademark issue potentially.

    Personally, I'd go back to both buyers informing them of each other and the current offer, and say whoever comes up with $1k gets it - you'll have done extremely well with that.
  12. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Also, don't forget to report the income to the tax man :)
  13. Antares macrumors 68000


    Sell it. It's bankable profit right now. If you wait too long, Facebook may take it from you...and you'll likely get nothing.
  14. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    I'd have to agree with those who say sell now. Facebook really could come after you and take it for nothing.

    I have several domains I thought might be worth something but I've been paying the renewal fees every year and would be very happy if someone offered me as much as you have been offered.

    Anyone want to buy or Yeah, probably not worth much :D

  15. ranguvar macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2009
    I'm no expert on this, but I really don't think Facebook would just take away the domain from you:

    a) They got so much cash, they probably would not mind paying a lot more cash than the current bidders and avoid the hassle of getting the domain from you through court.
    b) I'm not sure they could take it away from you if they wanted to, either. They domain doesn't need to mean "Facebook market place", it could just as well be "FACE book market place" (like "Childrens' books market place"), with FACE being some kind of abbreviation.
  16. Ttownbeast macrumors 65816

    May 10, 2009
    I'd look into what ICANN has to say on the issue since they are the main regulatory body and authority world wide behind the usage of domain names:

    Link to them

    Overall the simpler a domain name is the more potential value it has though, it is getting harder to lease easily remembered names these days so it is getting less and less worth the searching for unregistered names to park as the internet widens, you may have lucked out to get this one when you did, and even if the offers are coming from people planning on parking and marking up the price they might not profit from it holding out for a few months for an extra thousand may not be worth the time invested.

    And even if one of the guys offering to buy it does turn around and make a huge profit don't kick yourself in the head over it you made at least a 900 percent gain at the first offer.
  17. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    As much as Facebook is a trademark, they have to go thru the channels to take the domain as many people say. However, OP has to prove he isn't using the Facebook name, which isn't really hard and would just mean loss of fees for facebook. In other words, there is little to no risk loosing the domain to facebook.

    In any case, the domain is worth something. Otherwise, no one would be bidding for it now would they?
  18. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    Tell customer number one that somebody else has offered you $800 for the domain. If they offer to beat $800, take it.
  19. Roric macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2005
    Of course it is possible the first guy's client is Facebook and they are seeing if you are squatting looking for a windfall. Countering their offer right away would show that you are just squatting and then they can go to ICANN, who really does not look favorably on squatters.
  20. 617media thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2010
    You're smart to think of that as a small possibility, but I know 200% for sure the person offering $800-1000 is not in this case just because it's through a friend on a forum ive been on for years.

    I just want to make a decision by the end of the day. I spoke to two lawyers but neither really helped me.

    It seems as though 50% of people are telling me to take the money and 50% are telling me to hold onto it.
  21. awmazz macrumors 65816

    Jul 4, 2007
    I reckon not if he registers 'Face Bookmarket Place' as his own business. ;)
  22. Roric macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2005
    In that case, take the money.
  23. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
  24. Bonch macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2005
    "Buy low, sell high, that's my motto" -- Homer Simpson

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