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I've never bought a domain from someone else, what sort of price range are we talking about? I realize that it depends on the name itself, but are we talking $10, $100 or $1000 for two random words such as 'yellow scissors' or similar? I have absolutely no idea on what to offer them.
We also got a generic vital keyword phrase for just the reg fees after a domain trader let it go having been trying to flog it for 5,000 dollars for a good few years.
I would suggest you do not make an offer but ask what they want for it.
Usually the seller does not know what it is worth either... so pick a price you'd be happy to pay as a starting point and show them you are a serious buyer.
I think for a good domain $200 to $500 is fair. People will try to sell you total crap for $5,000, $10,000 or more. Some companies register everything they can think of, trying to monopolize certian segments of the market, then hope to find a couple of suckers.
For something like you mentioned, I'd pay no more than $200. But then again, if you're really going to spend years developing a site, get a domain that makes you happy even if it costs a little extra.
I'd tell them that you're offering X and that you need a decision by deadline Y and if they don't work with you on it, move on.
Squatting like this really upsets me. Nobody else but me will ever have any use for that very unique domain name. But still, they refuse to sell it to me.
I guess there's not much to do about it. Thanks for your feedback, guys. :)