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Can I get a Marchex-owned domain

 7:06 pm on Jun 10, 2008 (gmt 0)


I'm new here so forgive me if this is a stupid question, but I'm currently looking into buying a domain, and when I visited the site I saw what I thought was a parked domain, but after reading this forum it appears that the company that owns it - Marchex- is some sort directory type company.

My question is - is there any point in me even trying to make an unsolicited offer for the domain I want?




 7:46 pm on Jun 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi turboh -- Welcome to Webmaster World!

I confess, I don't know anything about Marchex.

That said, a wise friend of mine drilled into me, "There's no harm in asking!"


 8:09 pm on Jun 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

I doubt it. See this article [money.cnn.com] originally published in Business 2.O last year.


 9:12 pm on Jun 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

There's a saying that goes something like this: "Make me the right offer and I'll sell you the shoes off my feet."

Put your offer in the subject line of you contact email. IF you make a sensible offer you may get a sensible reply BUT DON'T just email Marchex (or any other domainer, for that mater) with a standard "Is Example.com for sale? How much?". I've ignored countless "Is it for sale?" emails.


 10:07 pm on Jun 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

It's very doubtful that they would want to sell part of their portfolio. Unless their grand plan ends up not making any money- then they will probably have a domain name fire sale.


 2:13 pm on Jun 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanks everyone. I'm pretty serious about obtaining this domain.

I see that there are domain valuation services out there - would it be worth getting it valued and then perhaps have my lawyer contact them to make an offer?

My concern is that being as Marchex owns 100,000 domains, and this site is part of a grander scheme, the valuation might be lower than they consider it to be worth.


 5:27 pm on Sep 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

Any update on this? Marchex owns a domain with almost zero traffic that I don't think they'll ever monetize. I'm trying to buy it for $600-$1000. Not sure if they have any interest in selling any of their domains but if anyone has had any luck, please let me know. It sounds like they have only a few people people that do buying and selling, and those people are way overloaded.


 6:40 pm on Sep 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

Marchex has been known to remove names from management, which they may have done for beijing.com

They are a direct search company that is strong in local directory services. With an inbound call center and strong partnerships, I’m envious of their capabilities. Rather than just deposit a visitor at an ad page, they can complete the sales process.

A common method that professional registrants use to add to their portfolio is to go in anonymously. However, from the local Marchex people that I know, you’d be better served by hiring someone with access to the right people. Otherwise your anonymous offer will be discarded.

Stephen Douglas or some other experienced local broker may be able to help you. Howie’s people could do it, but they won’t. Ammar’s people – yes. Name – maybe, they’ve worked for me before on an anonymous basis and they are relatively cheap. Demand they know, of course – but they’re not right. A1 could do it, but they are not local.

And BTW, your price estimations are very 1990s. Try adding a zero. The transaction fees alone will exceed the top end of your price range.

[edited by: Luftmenschen at 6:50 pm (utc) on Sep. 3, 2008]


 8:25 pm on Sep 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

Marchex sell domains...

They just sold 6

880.com $188,888.88
444.com $178,888.88
242.com $111,111.11
252.com $111,111.11
8008.com $58,888.88
8808.com $51,111.11

The guy who bought them (E8.com) likes numbers especially ones with patterns :)

And BTW, your price estimations are very 1990s. Try adding a zero. The transaction fees alone will exceed the top end of your price range.

I noticed in a couple of threads there are several members who are still thinking along 1990s pricing lines. If you subscribe to their concepts of value these big domain companies are unlikely to entertain you.


 1:59 am on Sep 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Im sorry even adding a 0 to $600-$1000 is not enough. Marchex is a big company valued at $440 million (as of this writing). Making them work (lawyers etc) for $6000 is never gonna happen. Even $60000 is a tough sell sorry.


 12:14 pm on Sep 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

Just to update - I went and asked around, Marchex won't even think about selling a domain unless minimum $50k.


 5:53 am on Sep 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

I bought a domain from Marchex 6 months ago for $10k


 9:03 pm on Oct 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

880.com $188,888.88
444.com $178,888.88
242.com $111,111.11
252.com $111,111.11
8008.com $58,888.88
8808.com $51,111.11

Do these prices seem ultra-high for anyone else? If you go to any of these domains they redirect to some article based on the mathematics of that number...is this just a case of money burning a hole in some rich dudes pocket?

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