Replying to Foreign Language Domain Inquiries
This morning, I discovered that DomainNameSales.com has a translation tool, allowing users to translate domain name inquiries that aren’t in English. Although I have received inquiries via email that were in foreign languages (to me), this was the first inquiry I received like this via DNS landing page.
The inquiry I received was from someone in China, and the translated message was “how much?” It was nice to be able to see what the prospective buyer said to me, but having a discussion with the prospect will likely be an issue for me, as I do not speak Chinese. I suppose I could use another translation tool to compose a reply, but I don’t have much faith in the accuracy of translation tools.
Given the fact that the domain name in this negotiation is an English word, I replied in English to let the prospect know he will need to make an offer in order to advance our discussion. Hopefully he will be able to translate my response and submit an offer for the domain name.
One suggestion I have for DNS and DNS-listed domain brokers is to list the foreign languages spoken by their domain brokers. If this prospect does not respond to me, it would be good to know I can hand off this lead to someone who is fluent in Chinese.
I could always reach out to a couple of friends who are Chinese and ask them to intervene on my behalf, but I would rather be able to hand off a lead like this to an experienced domain broker to try and close this deal.
When you receive an offer or an inquiry for a domain name this is in a foreign language, how do you respond?
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