Webwork - 2:44 pm on Feb 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
Interested Party: "I'm interested in Your#Domain.com."
Webwork: "Make what you consider a reasonable offer and if you're in the range I'll reply."
IP: "I don't want to play games. I've got plenty of money."
W: "No games? Okay. $$,$$$."
IP: "~That's too much. I'll pay $$$$."
W: "Sorry, you said 'no games'. $$,$$$ IS my price."
IP: "Well, that's just not reasonable."
Soooo . . . I guess "it's a game" when I ask someone to make a bid but it's not a game for someone to reject my price, make a counter-offer, and call my price unreasonable?
Gee . . I learn something new every day.
Back to my standard practice, which is to not waste . . err, invest my time . . until someone shows a) the respect of addressing me by name in the contact email; and, b) advise the buyer to make what they consider a reasonable offer.
Why so? In order to determine if the interested party has a clue about value or has the funds to even begin a dialogue.
Want to kill the chance of dialogue? Start like this: "I'm a student . . " or "I represent a 'small' company" . .
Me: "Oh, you are / you do? Okay, in that case I suspend my intelligence. You can have the Mercedes Benz of domains for the price of a . . . Yugo."