So I tried to be nice by responding to a random domain sales email email, accidentally hit “reply all” and set off a chain reaction

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I get emails all the time from people saying, “I have <something>.com for sale, would you like to buy it?” Most of the time the domain is complete junk, often something that was registered a week or two ago that most people wouldn’t even pay reg fee for…but sometimes a good name come up so I try to keep an open mind.

At the end of the day, I do like to respond to these emails because I only get one or two a week, and it only takes 5-10 seconds to respond and say, “no thanks.”

When I landed in San Francisco after flying back from Tokyo I was going through my email, and in a bit of a daze after the flight, saw an email with a domain for sale, told the seller I wasn’t interested…and then the emails started coming in. One after another, here’s what my inbox quickly filled up with:

That’s when I realized that the seller had emailed me and about 150 other people…and put us all as the recipient, no cc or BCC, we were all on the same email. When I hit what I thought was reply, in my daze after flying across the Pacific I hit reply all and well, my inbox quickly filled up with auto-responders and delivery failure messages like the one above 🤦‍♂️

The moral of the story – well I think there’s two:

  1. Don’t start doing emails the second you land after flying halfway across the world.
  2. Make sure you don’t hit reply all when responding to an email because you might accidentally email 150 people

All that being said, I still like responding to emails from people trying to sell me domain names. While I might not like the domain they’re emailing about now, or a month from now, you never know when someone’s going to stumble across a domain that might be a perfect fit for your portfolio.

While some people get frustrated with people who mass email, and while I don’t think it’s a great idea myself, I give everyone the benefit of the doubt – they’re trying. Yes, I think it’s not great form to email 150 people at once but at the same time, if you’re a new domain investor and you’re just trying to figure things out, I get it, and hey – I appreciate the hustle.

Of course that’s just my take. I’m interested to hear if any of you respond to domain sales emails like this, and if so, have you ever been foolish enough to accidentally hit “reply all” – I want to hear from you, comment and let your voice be heard!

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  • Bobby October 20, 2019, 9:37 pm

    Someone trying to sell me?
    I don’t respond to such annoyances.
    However, sometimes I reply with an FU.
    My time is too valuable
    You are too nice…

  • BullS October 20, 2019, 10:00 pm

    I am only nice to human beings that I have met in person, talked with them and have a conversation with them.
    When comes to the internet, all bets are off, too many creep-ies and pedophiles lurking around.

  • Mika G October 21, 2019, 3:03 am

    You are a very pleasant person. Goes to show your good character to reply in a nice way. Do you ever get comebacks to ‘no thanks’ that then try to further convince you?

  • Mike October 21, 2019, 9:11 am

    Are you that lonely that you reply to SPAM emails? Really?

  • Ctech October 21, 2019, 12:59 pm

    Yeah you are seriously just wasting your time. If you have the time to respond to spam you are yet another ignorant journalist who is helping with the spam problem.

  • Ugh October 21, 2019, 3:51 pm

    Years ago my dad started one of the first isps in l, quebec I think it was around 1991 or 92. I must have been about 11 or something, i dont remember specific details but someone sent an email regarding something silly so I replied something cringeworthy along the lines of “we I think we should March into hell and defeat those who would harm us”

    A few hours later I got a massive scolding from my dad because that chain included ALL his customers and I replied all. There was a lot of his customers that left over that. :/

  • D October 21, 2019, 6:47 pm

    Lol. Quick to judge people. Spammers or at least the massive Spammers don’t make this kind of mistake. In fact they don’t even have a valid sender address to reply to. This is definitely an amateur trying to drum up some sales from the 1k or 2k client list he got. The only beef I have with it is apparently the sender doesn’t go and clean up his address lists or otherwise there wouldn’t have been so many bounce backs. Although I am curious as to how many people responded to you as well? You see when you hit reply all and sent it you are now part of the senders thread and in fact could accidentally take over his thread since it’s very likely people will reply to you and not the sender since you’re now the last email to that “conversation”. Personally, when I see that kind of stuff I reply with a little “you’re doing it wrong buddy and you’re revealing all your clients too” email. They more often than not respond wanting a little advice on how to do it the right way.

  • Jamie October 22, 2019, 3:06 pm

    Why are you randomly purchasing domains? And why do you have a portfolio of domains? You’re not the sort who buys and sells domains are you? Those people are profiteering scum and the scourge of the internet.


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