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How to sell a website via eBay
I had a website that didn't generate nothing!

 4:47 pm on Dec 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hello, i am new to the forum.

A nd i need to figure out on how to sell my website via eBay, since i own one that didn't work

I need tips on how to do it done


[edited by: buckworks at 6:27 pm (utc) on Dec. 26, 2008]
[edit reason] TOS: No URL drops, please [/edit]



 1:39 pm on Dec 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Just list the site, being careful with the details - for example, are you selling the web site, or just the domain name?

Let people know when the domain expires, and who your current host is.

Read some of the existing listings for tips on presentation - but I'd strongly recommend including the URL in the title of your listing. There's thousands of domains for sale, and people won't dig for the name.


 5:55 am on Jan 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hi xpid -- welcome to Webmaster World!

And i need to figure out on how to sell my website via eBay, since i own one that didn't work

Some years ago I listed a *very excellent* (if I do say so myself ;-) domain name on eBay, with a very modest reserve. I created the requisite graphic to display with the listing, and described all the wondrous benefits of this *excellent* domain name in the listing.

The result: Nada! Zip. Zero. Not one bid.

Several years later I sold this domain for several thousand USD to someone who contacted me.

While that was my "one any only" (and last ;-) experience with eBay, it may just be that eBay isn't the venue that is gonna work to sell your particular domain. Have you tried listing your domain with any of the several domain sale sites?


 8:45 am on Jan 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

i too listed a full website with ebay, with a quite low reserve, and also, nothing, not even one bid

the next week, i put it on sedo, and sold the following week for a few thousand USD

the tip there is to sell your product at a place that is used for that specific thing or item



 11:16 am on Jan 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

the tip there is to sell your product at a place that is used for that specific thing or item

ebay is one of those places. While it doesn't have the 'specialist' tag, it does have a much wider audience and potentially huge market, many of whom may not even have thought about buying the domain / name until they searched for something related.

Thousands of sites and names get sold successfully on ebay; best not to generalize from a couple of sales. And fees may be much, much smaller.

It all depends on the item you are selling. In some cases, try both outlets.


 2:19 pm on Jan 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

Here's my tip: List the domain at Ebay, if that's your desire, then post the sale listing at the domain forums or webmaster forums that allow you to promote your domains/sales. That way you will at least reach the wholesale buyer market and may also find an enduser buyer through word of mouth. So Ebay + external "no cost" promotion of the sale.

If you like the auction model you can also submit "worthy domains" for inclusion at any of the domainer conference/event live or silent auctions.

As a general rule, when it comes to selling domains it's not the venue that makes a sale happen. It's the product and the price. Sedo lists 10,000,000+ domains for sale but Sedo's actual domain sales, at least those of any value greater than trivial, number in the 1000s in a given year. So just listing domains at Sedo doesn't mean a domain will find a new home. Desirable domains don't even have to be listed for sale - anywhere - for interested parties to find them. Junk domains can be listed everywhere and no one will buy them.

Since we haven't heard further from xpid my guess is that xpid posted his/her domain as part of a promotional effort. Since WebmasterWorld doesn't allow promotion of self (business) interest the thread was edited to remove the domain reference.

[edited by: Webwork at 2:31 pm (utc) on Jan. 5, 2009]

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