topr8 - 10:18 am on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
... personally i never even reply to people asking me for a quote for a domain i have.
i know there are a couple of domain experts who have posted in this thread - however i think in the case of
firstname.tld and most specifically firstname.com
is a special case and cannot be valued like other domains - where there is ultimately always an alternative.
i have a 'vanity' domain that i get enquiries about, i use it for email, not for a website - like dailypress i wouldn't even consider selling it for $20k, (and i had an offer near that) i couldn't care less that a valuer would value it at only a few hundred.
If you offer money early on, it becomes a sellers market and they can dictate a high price. If they realize they might be able to sell it to you and want rid of it it may be seen as a sellers market where you can offer a lower amount and it may be acceptable.
in this case being discussed in this thread, the owner registered the domain in 1996, anyone savvy enough to have registered it then is likely to be very well aware of its potential emotional value.