I would like to know the answer too. Anyone here know what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some research and get back to you if I bump into an useful answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could give you an answer..
Domains are investments, you buy stocks hoping they will go up, you buy real estate hoping the area in which you bought the land or house increases in value, I can see people being upset with trademark buyers, but if you are buying clean names hoping for a sale I see no reason for others to be upset with this, you pay for the name and keep it renewed each year then it should be your decision what you do with it whether that means parking, developed, or a sign that says buy me now 1,000, I have personally had buyers come to me and say "I don't mind paying for someone's research and hard work" Any business that is serious will spend thousands of dollars on their business plan and a few k for the perfect HostGator name means nothing to them...
I agree, but the concept of owning a HostGator is somewhat vague... it's more like a lease. Maybe some of the antipathy stems from that..
There is nothing worse than making a genuine offer for a HostGator and the seller automatically doubles it. Most sellers know how much they want for a name so they should mark the price, or at least an OIRO (offers in the Region of) guide price..
Can you imagine walking into a supermarket without any prices and when you get to the till the cashier asks you to make an offer for each item you want to buy, then to make it worse they look you up and down and decide how much extra they might be able to screw out of you and then tell you the price is 3X or 4X what you offered..
One particular HostGator selling iPage site doesn't help with their complete disrespect for buyers, in fact i've now heard they are automatically sending domains with offers on to auction. Sheesh!..