Some numbers are Too Good to be True or Backordered
By Bill Quimby on December 12, 2023
Every month there’s a couple amazing numbers that get disconnected. They could be 1-800 numbers that end with three zeros, or end in four repeating digits, or are popular generic 7 digit terms. If it’s one of the top couple thousand most valuable numerics or it’s one of the top couple thousand most valuable vanity terms, it’s not just that the odds are low of getting it. It’s not worth your time backordering it, or getting your hopes up and not worth putting the resources necessary to pursue it.
We used to block any “800s” ending in 000 from being able to be backordered in the old system for that reason. The system doesn’t block them any more because our goal was to speed things up. But that doesn’t change the fact that those “shark bait numbers” aren’t going to be possible. The problem comes down to the economics. Lets say a number is worth 25K. If a phone shark gets the number, they get to keep the full value of the number, so they can afford to put A LOT OF RESOURCES into getting them. Regular phone companies don’t charge anything for getting good numbers for their customers so they put almost nothing into getting them.
We’re in between, the two. We get a few hundred dollars for backorders depending on the area code, but we’re not charging you for them based on the value of the numbers. That’s great for you! But for the “shark bait” numbers that are so obvious they stand out and are put at the top of the list by every phone shark, we’re not putting in the resources they are. We can’t and you wouldn’t want to pay that much for them even if we could.
So sure, it’d be awesome to get a number, worth tens of thousands of dollars, for a couple hundred dollars but that’s not realistic. We also only charge you if we’re able to get the number, so we have to be a little bit smart and selective in this. We used to charge a fee just to place backorders, which discouraged people from backordering unrealistic numbers a little. Now we have to turn down those high end terms. If in doubt, go ahead and backorder it. But you also have to understand why we have to cancel some backorders. It’s not because we want to get them for ourselves or don’t want to help you. But we have to be smart in what we pursue and don’t want to give you unrealistic expectations.
If you’re looking for a great numeric number, click on the purple buttons for True800 or Premium #s at the top of the results screen or in the services menu. That’s the way to get good numeric numbers. If you have questions about a number, call or chat with us and we’ll be glad to help you! We’re real people and we’re doing all this to help you get the best numbers possible.
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