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Ralph Slate
07-22-2001, 01:11 AM
I received an e-mail from someone the other day, asking:


My name is XXXXX and I am writing you because I am interested in
purchasing all the 468*60 advertising space available at your site, as
well as the Engage account related with it.

When I asked him for clarification, I got this:


Basically, We are interested in purchasing your Engage account and all the
available ad space. In exchange we will pay you a monthly flat rate.

I rejected that as too fishy. But I'm curious, why would someone want to "buy my Engage account"?

Ralph

Czar
07-22-2001, 01:20 AM
Hmmm...Well, apart from the obvious fact that Engage publisher accounts are non-transferrable, the request to purchase your remnant ad space is clearly valuable.

It would certainly be worthwhile making another follow-up inquiry to this, as pertains to what fixed monthly rate the advertising party is willing to pay, given the terms that you are willing to place on the exchange. In your email, you should also note that selling your Engage account is not possible - which should hopefully see the suitor either drop that offer, or further clarify exactly what was his intent.

As it stands, the offer is incredibly confusing indeed.

parplex
07-22-2001, 01:33 AM
Is not engage doing bad? Who would want an engage account?

zMan
07-22-2001, 01:48 AM
It could mean that they're interested in showing their ads where you currently show Engage advertisements, and maybe they're not too fimilair with how ad networks work so he just thought that by "purchasing" your Engage account, they'll be able to show their own advertisements there. Besides, maybe he's not too good at writing in English! Remember, Inter-net is Inter-national. :)

I believe Czar is correct, another follow-up won't hurt.

parplex
07-22-2001, 01:50 AM
purchasing all the 468*60 advertising space available at your site, as
well as the Engage account related with it.

^^

as well as the engage account

I think he wants both.

Mabey he just did not get accepted and wants to

Ralph Slate
07-22-2001, 02:30 AM
Maybe I'm just a pessimist, but when someone sends me a request using such limited vocabulary, I just can't pay attention to it.

If someone was genuinely interested in purchasing my remnant inventory, I'd expect more details. When I asked him for more details, he simply reiterated his initial response -- that he wanted to purchase my inventory and my Engage account. He didn't tell me a thing about his "plan".

Here's what I picture in my mind -- he says he's going to pay me, he takes over my account and runs it on porno sites, getting a lot of impressions, and then I never see a check.

But it still doesn't make sense -- Engage isn't doing that well, so I don't know why someone would want to purchase an Engage account.

It was just weird, that's all.

Jan
07-22-2001, 02:59 AM
That all sounds very suspicious! Get as much info as you can - including where he found you, why he wants your account, and what he is going to pay should you decide (I hope not) to *sell*.

:nonono:

Czar
07-22-2001, 03:11 AM
If someone was genuinely interested in purchasing my remnant inventory, I'd expect more details. When I asked him for more details, he simply reiterated his initial response -- that he wanted to purchase my inventory and my Engage account. He didn't tell me a thing about his "plan".
Since no tangible details were presented, and since the credibility of the contact is dubious, you should establish the assertive stance.

That is, set the rate that you are willing to accept, add 20-50% for negotiating room, take the whole Engage factor out of the equation (selling your account would only cause trouble for both parties), and define the terms of the agreement, including payment methods. You should obviously also request further details on which product/service he will be advertising.

If you receive a response, then the dealmaking is on. If not, then there probably wasn't much that you would have gained from the transaction in any case.

Oh, and be sure to request either a substantial deposit, or that the entire balance be paid up-front if you remain uncomfortable dealing with this contact.

Best of luck, and be sure to let us know how things go.

:)

Steve_S
07-26-2001, 05:52 PM
Push :)

Cassandra White
07-28-2001, 09:36 PM
I do Media Sales for Look, which uses Engages software and I could tell you right now that Engage would immediatly kick the site off there network.

Maybe you should charge him upfront payment and let the idiot get ******* :)