Personally, I’m leaning towards Good, from the perspective of the buyer anyway. If I have my eye set on a domain, but it’s out of my price range, an installment plan could be my saving grace. Putting on my seller’s hat, I’m not so sure. I think I’d rather receive the entire amount upfront. I guess I’d have to take it on a case-by-case basis. For some domains, there might be a very limited pool of potential buyers, so when that offer comes in, be it for the full asking price, or installments, I might be inclined to accept it. After all, cash flow is king..
It’ll probably be a moot point soon anyway. With more and more marketplaces offering installment plans, it’ll become the industry standard.. Dynadot is the latest to jump aboard the installment train (they just announced it today in their newsletter, inspiring my little post here). This even extends to their expired domain auctions, which is an interesting development to say the least. Could be a game changer actually.
Squadhelp is another marketplace that offers installment plans. They focus on business names, brandables, but also have some higher tier premium stuff too. They’ve been doing installments for a while actually and seem to be having a great deal of success with it. They also accept Crypto, something else that’s becoming more commonplace (and expected by the consumer). You know what they say, once the genie’s out of the bottle..