Couple of months back I got a comment from Ajay about self brokering and how do I normally handle the deals. I promised him to write an article about this but somehow forgot it.
Today I wanted to share how I respond to my domain inquiries which will not only give you upper hand but also save you from the domain inquirer filing UDRP against you. Now here I cannot guarantee you as I am not a lawyer but I bet this will save you somehow.
I am not sure I previously mentioned in my posts or not but let me tell you one thing. I have just stopped writing to endusers because the number of inquiries I receive every month are satisfying for me so I don’t need to send emails. This somehow reduces the number of inquiries which we get when writing ourselves but I want endusers to contact me first.
Every time I receive inquiry my normal response is to ask submit an offer. Occasionally I use the default template message of DomainNameSales.com and forwards the inquirer to that page where they can submit an offer.
But when I receive an inquiry on my top quality domains which I think can possibly be hit with UDRP (don’t you ever think I am buying trademarked domains ) but you can see generic words are also getting a knock with UDRP. My typical response to such type of inquiries goes something like this:
Based on your message, my understanding is that you wish to discuss purchasing this domain name from us.
Due to bad faith of previous parties, in order for us to even think this you must first explicitly agree in writing to the following:
You acknowledge that (a) this is a dialogue commenced by you, (b) these discussions will remain between us and you, and (c) both the fact of these discussions and the material of them will not be used as evidence in any legal forum, including in any court or domain name arbitration.
If you do not accept these three things, we will not be able to persist discussing this matter.”
As you know email conversations are used as proof in filing UDRP and are accepted. So once I send this type of response to the inquirer and if I don’t hear back, I simply trash the lead. Or if there is acceptance from the inquirer to all my terms than I proceed to next step by asking to submit an offer.
Sometimes people ask what the hell is that may be because they don’t understand all these technicalities or want to file UDRP against you but most of the time they quickly agree to it.
You need to have patience and back yourself as this strategy has so far worked nicely for me.
Is there any one out there using this strategy in handling domain inquiries? Do you think this can be helpful for you?