* remember older is not always better! I got rid of many domains that I bought ~5 years ago!
well heres all I can say and hope it helps:
#1) I had thought each of my domains were worth hundreds if not thousands of $USD. After doing some research and asking around for appraisals I realized I was wrong!
Domain owners like myself tend to put irrational $ value on their domains. First reason being if they didnt like the name or think it would be worth something they wouldnt have purchased it in the first place!
Your domains are only worth what the buyers are willing to pay! So if you dont have any buyers is probably worth $0. To YOU it may be worth more because it was a gift from your grandmother OR you lost your domain virginity, IT being the first one, and etc..., but were talking business here! So lets put away emotions!
#2) Keeping a domain year after year and paying all those renewal and privacy fees you start thinking of your domain as an investment where the more you 'so called invest' and put in more money, the more valuable it becomes!
Think of it as putting your money down the toilet, flushing it once a year. You feel good for a while after you've flushed it. But it's still the same toilet.
;)Now did I have too many drinks?
I remember those nights where I would renew 20 domains at a time with privacy for a year, and then celebrate going out to a bar with my friends spending even more money! That was a mistake and after a while I realized I was paying around 1,000 dollars on renewal of 50 domains/year. Each domain costing me roughly 20 bucks. [$10/renewal + $10 privacy]
#3) The sooner you get rid of lost the less you lose, right?
Similar to the stock market. People tend to hold on stocks that go below their purchase price hoping that one day it will go back up to its original price. They promise themselves and God, that they will sell the stock as long as it reaches its original price realizing that they made a mistake. As long is it reaches its original price, not 1 cent less!
And when/IF the stock actually reaches the original price, they get greedy and hold on to it even longer to hope the value goes a little higher, until one day it crashes so hard that it hits the floor and reaches 1 cent/share. Do they then let go? The answer is NO!
Its difficult for most of us to admit defeat or loss!
But there are also the smart ones who minimize the damage and turn a loss into a gain! By learning from their mistakes and turning that into something valuable.
#4) Since I know how some people love their domains and are obsessed with it let me give another example:
Letting go of your domain is like a breakup between 2 couples. When have you ever benefited from a 'on and off' relationship? It is either going to work or it was never meant to be! Paying for renewals knowing that the domain is worthless or holding on to a domain without any plans of development or resale is similar to the on and off relationship.
You hold on to it! You're 50-50! But you think you have something, some emotions at least, some memories, so you still hold on to it! You hold on to it cause you worry you might not find something better!
Let go of the emotions and try to approach it more rationally. Youre in the web business to make money! Lower your cost to increase profit!
A penny saved is a penny earned
So, cut your loss and move on! You'll be happy about your decision.
Wish you all the best :)
p.s.> and sorry about your near future breakup ;) think it thru, then do the right thing! whatever that is...