Everyone in the IT world saw it coming, but nobody knew when it would happen. IPV4 exhaustion occurred back in 2011, and yet IPV6 is still not enough. People are buying and selling IPV4 addresses every day. Whether you have more than you need or you just need a little extra capital, here's a how-to on selling your IPV4 addresses.
- Find a Broker: The first step to selling your IPV4 addresses is to find a broker who knows the ins and out of the industry. Find an organization that is registered with your local Regional Internet Registry, where it follows their policy on address transfers, and where they will have the most access to buyers in their global network. It will also be beneficial to find a company who will accept payment only after they have successfully sold your addresses, making them just as motivated as you to find a buyer.
- Bulk-sell or Break them up: Before you begin the process of selling, decide how you're going to sell them. You can sell your addresses as a bulk, or you can break them up into smaller blocks. The only problem with smaller blocks is that the smaller they are, the more memory needed to hold the database, so selling in bulk might be more attractive to potential buyers, even if it means making a little less money because of discounts given for larger transactions.
- Decide when to Sell: It is definitely a seller's market right now because there are limited IPV4 addresses out there. Selling now will bring instant capital, but the longer you hold off the more those addresses will be worth. Just don't wait too long because then IPV6 will take over and the worth of IPV4 will go down. Having a knowledgeable broker on your side is a great thing to have for this reason.
- To Sell or to Lease: If you're not quite ready to give up your extra IVP4 addresses, or you think you may need them again in the future, you can lease them out for a specified amount of time. You can choose to lease your addresses for any specific amount of time, but anything shorter than a year contract will attract spammers that will abuse the space.
Selling or leasing your IPV4 addresses doesn't have to be a hassle. Find a reputable broker or visit a site like IPTrading.com decide how and when to sell, and whether or not you will sell or lease them. Once you've made those decisions, you can sit back and let your broker take care of everything else.