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It only seems fair to begin at the beginning. We wanted to start a site called RejectionLetters.com. Well, although there is no site there, no 404 page, nothing, it turns out that domain is owned by some Aussie named Garry Hardman (WHOIS). The WHOIS registry give his Web site as toptierdomains.com and so I traveled the long way of the Internets over to see about buying RejectionLetters.com. Garry is a bit of a wordsmith and clearly a trustworthy fellow. From the “About toptierdomains” page:
All domain names listed for sale at toptierdomains have been registered through accredited ICANN Registrars for possible future use by us or our affiliates. toptierdomains is a subsidiary of a registered Australian company Australian Screen Music Pty. Limited (ACN 000 529 331). This company was registered in the state of New South Wales in 1978. We can assure you that when you purchase a domain name from us that we own the rights to that domain name and a check through a whois register will provide proof of ownership details. All transactions that take place will be conducted on a purely professional basis and you can be assured that you are dealing with a reputable entity. We believe our domain names are of an extremely high standard and are as generic as possible.
So we inquired. Garry wants $1,200 for the rights of rejectionletters.com, and those are USD. Considering $1,200 is a bit silly, we thought it best to use a little humor (or “humour” as he would say) when we emailed him with my proposal of $100. We mentioned that he has owned RejectionLetters.com since 2002 (a long time) and although Web squatting can be a lucrative business, this particular domain wasn’t moving and wasn’t yielding any income.
His reply, our first rejection letter! Point value: -5, not the strongest showing, but not half bad considering its brevity.
[INCORRECT FIRST NAME],
I’ve also had my wife for a number of years, but all the time she’s
bringing in income I’ll hang on to her. Any name that doesn’t perform
for us is usually sold off for meagre [sic] offers like yours or not
renewed. We’ve refused bigger offers than yours on that name in the
past, so if you want the name you’ll need to bring a realistic number
to the table.
Fair enough, Garr-bear. But riddle us this, if rejectionletters.com is a “name that doesn’t perform,” and you will eventually sell it off for a “meagre” (in fairness, that’s the proper Commonwealth spelling) offer like ours, why not do so now? We just didn’t get it. Thus, our reply:
Gary [Note: this is a misspelling of his name],Thank you for responding to my offer, meager as you may find it. I’m not sure if I understand the analogy of your wife. I suppose what she does to bring in money is your business, though, not mine.
Best of luck.
Zing! And that’s how Rejection Letters (dot) Net was born.
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