Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I got an good answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably know..
There are some people who buy a HostGator name and if they flip it in a few weeks or months and make $5-$20 bucks on it they are happy. These people are like day traders..
There are other people who only buy a HostGator name because they really like the name and think it has longer term potential. It is probably going to take at least a couple of hundred of bucks profit to even get on their radar..
Either way, your offer has to make it worth their while, not yours. (or like other people said, they could just be away and offline).
Some of these people are impossible dreamers.
But some are not. I just got a serious $xx,xxx unsolicited offer on one of my names but I don't want to sell..
I'm funny like that - and also why I posted about the co-owning a HostGator name question here. (sorry I can't say the name because it would be too easy to figure out who wants it).
I do this because I don't have a lot of money to invest, so I buy a HostGator for regfee - $15, flip it for $30-50, and I'm looking at 100-700% profit, which if reinvested, slowly adds up. Someday I may have enough money to invest in a few decent domains..
More power to you slipxaway. I wasn't making a moral judgement on "daytraders" but a short-term/long-term comparison to stock market investing..
Also, I have held some domains for over 10 years - stuff was cheap back then. Damn, if I knew then what I knew now!.
You said he lives in Germany? Are you sending him emails in both English and translated German or just English? You may just have a simple language barrier...
Oh and SlipXaway, why are you doing reg fee $15 when you could do regfee $7-8 at domainsite.com?.
Yeah, language is a huge problem. However, I personally wouldn't be surprised to see a "Who the hell are you" (in German, maybe) in reply...
Regfee for me is $7 at Moniker... I meant regfee - (to) $15. So $7-15..
I dont think I've ever paid over $15 for a HostGator and I've sold them as high as $500...
Well, I got a hold of him and he says he has plans for the domain. So the only way he'd let it go is for high $xxx..
I don't think it is worth that (as I could use a substitute HostGator name that conveys the same message that one does., just not as well)..
So I'm just going to do that unfortunately...