Hi, I want to list a domain at an auction site and add a header/footer promotion across my site pointing anybody interested to the auction. I only want to receive genuine offers.
The domain is in a specialist area and is unlikely to attract interest from the domain buying community. I expect any purchaser will come through my own website. I want an escrow service. I don't want to deal direct.
I know of Sedo and Afternic which of these or another is best for this type of listing?
I'd say 98+% of those buying domains at auction are domainers so your plan, by your own admission, looks destined to fail. There mere fact that any domain is listed at auction does not mean that buyers from the target market will have their eyes on the auction at that time. Indeed, if there are parties interested in a domain such as your chances are they will be attempting to reach you via the information in your domains WhoIs record.
If you are looking to be proactive you could reach out to the marketing departments of companies that might be interested in the domain. Be mindful of anti-spam laws.
thanks for the reply webwork. The domain has an active website from which I suspect a site visitor may bite at the opportunity to own the domain. It's a high value market and I'm after 6 figures or forget it, I'll hold on to it. I'm just keen to give it a short offering to see if anyone bites. I don't want to solicit the sale or get in to any negotiation or haggling with any prospective buyers. I want to list my asking price and let another service (such as a domain auction site) validate genuine enquiries and offers.
I previously listed another domain with Great Domains (long time ago). I got loads of offers that turned out to be hoax. Does this happen today on the other auction domain sites?
I'm not trying to attract buyers through the auction site. I just want another party to validate the offer and act as escrow in a sale. Which auction sites provide this service or is this not something they do?