I think there are too many variables to be considered before being able to calculate a final price.
What would the person be using the site for? e.g. would the forums stay just with some ads, would the forums stay with someone else as an admin, would a new Tolkien site be made, would the site just be parked for advertising, created into an adult website, etc.
If I were in WGW's place I think I would be selling for much less than $50,000. Imagine MT getting $10,000 for simply using minastirith.net instead of .com, a lot could be done with that money, or even less. It would also depend on when the change would happen such as tomorrow or next year when everyone would already be using minastirith.net and no visitors would be lost.
Obviously this won't happen, but just thought I'd give my two cents.
Thorin: I think I remember that thread as well, I'll look around for it.
From: Bakersfield, California | Registered: Jan 2003
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I agree with Hyarion, I'd sell for considerably less than 50K. The only value MT has as currently constituted is emotional, at least as seen from afar. Does WGW use it as a part of his resume? A working model for what he can do for for other companies? I have no way of knowing but certainly if true, those things would represent value. No doubt the site is a great source of pride for our Steward but it certainly isn't fattening the education funds for the little Stewards-in-Waiting on it's own. I suppose the boss has a self inflicted obligation to us shmucks but really the obligations to his family are much greater. If it were me I'd take 10-15K, do backflips all the way to the bank and move on to my next world wide challenge.
Keep in mind I say this without any knowledge of WGW's financial standing or his future plans for MT (advertising etc). More insight into those two factors could raise the selling price considerably. Another major factor in MT's value is whether or not all the Keo pics are included in the sale, if so I may want to make an offer myself!!
From: northern hemisphere-ish | Registered: Jan 2003
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