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Many offers to buy a web site
That isn't for sale

 10:17 pm on Mar 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

I have one web site that has been online for many years and is one of my higher earning sites. This one site gets almost weekly offers from random people who want to buy it - many more offers than all of my other sites put together.

Actually, the people might be random, or the emails could all be from the same person. They are usually just from individuals with some free email account. Nothing really professional looking that I'd ever really respond to. Some of the would be buyers state they are college students or grad students, which is really weird since that is pretty much the opposite of the kind of buyer who could afford the site, if it was ever for sale.

The site has ads on it and has decent rankings, so it not like some hidden gem waiting to be dug out of the DMOZ listings and refurbished.

Does anyone else get these kind of emails? I'm just curious why this particular site gets so many buyer inquiries.



 1:10 am on Mar 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

I wish I got those type of emails! (Actually, I would rather get those type of emails from a potential buyer who is serious about the purchase.)

You're probably right--the emails may not be legit if they're not originating from a business. Anyone who is serious about that sort of thing would/should follow some form of business etiquette.


 2:12 am on Mar 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

maybe they were looking at alexa info for the site or something similar.
the freemail/starving student persona sounds like a strategy for an eventual low-ball offer.


 3:16 am on Mar 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

the freemail/starving student persona sounds like a strategy for an eventual low-ball offer.

Yeah, it is so weird because it is the exact opposite of what anybody would do or write who expected a serious response.

When I make offers on sites, I use my name, company name and a domain email address so people know it is a serious offer from an actual person with a real business.

I get other kinds of emails from college kids, too, wanting to advertise their next big thing on my site or some vague partnership offer that doesn't seem like there could possibly be anything in it for me unless they have some inheritance they forgot to mention. I have lots of sites, even one similar to this one, yet it is just this one site that gets all of these somewhat odd emails.


 3:25 am on Mar 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

There's all sorts connected to them interwebs. I knows. They visits me too. :P

Translated: If I had a dime for every email I'd . . . have a lot of dimes.

I can only imagine what it's like to be someone with 10Xs more domains that I've registered.


 7:45 am on Mar 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

I receive it too; readed as spam: never replied.

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