There's a lot of people out there who believe I should sell my generics for nothing and unless there's some reason why the person really wants that specific domain name, queries as simple this come to nothing when I quote a realistic starting price, so I simply sent back a quick one-liner "Yes, I would be prepared to sell it, I'd want NZ$ 500 though." and didn't think any more about it.
Two days later he replied by email "Would you [accept] $300.00."
Normally I'd haggle on the price and would probably have settled for around $400, but I just felt like I'd like a little more.
Advertising on the parked domain brought in US$ 80.79 during the year 01/10/06 to 30/09/07. Using 3 years revenue as a yardstick that means that the domain has a revenue producing value of NZ$ 311.42 without any further changes.
Using what I've learned since parking the domain I'm sure I could increase that relatively easily, especially as it was only making US$ 0.09 per click. A 2 minute search shows affiliate possibilities through thesurfshop, godo, and easybed that should easily outstrip that and there's probably a lot more out there.
I think I'd prefer to hang onto it rather than accept any less than $500.
Just over 20 minutes later, the sale was agreed, at my asking price.
Given that the revenue records are all stored at NameDrive, it only took me 5 minutes to research and write two short paragraphs that increased the price $100 over what I would normally have accepted.
The lesson for me is that if I can justify the price to myself, it shouldn't be too hard to justify to a purchaser.