Here you can find some answers for common questions about IPv4 market
As with every other thing we buy and sell, the price of an IP address is dictated by supply and demand. There are always people who need IPv4 addresses, so they’ll pay what it takes to get them. It’s much harder to find a seller than a buyer though – which means prices tend to go up when people want them.
When you’re new to IPv4, it may seem confusing and difficult. There are many nuances that need close attention when engaging in this activity just once or twice. However, seasoned veterans will tell you they’ve been dealing with these kinds of transactions for decades. For example, an experienced and reputable broker can assist the seller by determining which blocks are clean from impairment so there will be no discrepancies later down the line during the transfer process – things like this needn’t bother someone who has done this before time and time again! Large corporations often rely on a trusted broker to do all their procurement because they know it’ll be handled right every time!
In nearly every case of an IPv4 transaction, escrow agents will step in to act as a third party intermediary – holding onto the Buyer’s money until it transfers over and validating that it has been successfully transferred. In cases where there is a failure, these clever intermediaries have ways of returning the buyer’s money back if they so wish.
You know what, this varies a lot depending on how well-prepared you are for it. When everything goes smoothly, transfers in the RIPE region can happen within 1 to 2 weeks. For ARIN or APNIC, it usually takes about 1 to 2 months, because they’re more strict with their rules and require that you send proof of the seller signing off on the agreement (either printed out or digitally) back to them along with other papers. Meanwhile in LACNIC – which is notoriously slower – 1 to 2 months is normal too. This is mostly because they require written confirmation from both parties before releasing the IP address over–which means that there needs to be detailed documentation with signatures on it before they approve anything. And yeah, sometimes transferring takes longer than expected because there’s so many things you need to do beforehand; like negotiating prices and getting set up with an experienced escrow agent for instance.
Understanding the risks before you buy- that’s what we do. Every buyer is unique and will face a unique set of challenges when trying to implement their new block. Knowing this, we scan for 24+ email blacklists and investigate routing history before advising on which risks are significant or easily resolved.
It’s hard to invest in a business without knowing where it comes from. Checking what type of company is involved, or if the company has been through difficulties or has succeeded- or done worse than expected- can all provide insightful information before you buy. It also helps give you an idea of how much time and effort it might take to repair anything that isn’t up to your standards so that you’re fully prepared before making any sort of transaction.
The consequences of having your IP address blacklisted are severe. It can hurt your reputation and lower the value of what was once a great investment. And while some temporary blacklistings are easy to solve, others could end up being a major problem. If this is the case for you then our team will help connect you with potential buyers who don’t mind when one or two irregularities happen along the way.
In order to transfer your IPv4 space, it will depend on whether you are active in your legal jurisdiction. You need to register yourself with your RIR – meaning paying all the fees associated with registering and transferring IP space- if not you can’t transfer out any IP address.
If you’re still registered as active in your state, province or country (meaning all of your RIR fees are paid up) and the IP addresses themselves are still registered under your company name – which means they’re also paid up – then you’ll be able to make that sale happen.
If you’ve been involved in a merger or acquisition, or another form of structural change within the company, such as changing business partners within a group venture, new organizations will take over ownership of those IP spaces and so again would have to go through the process listed above before selling them off.
You don’t need to worry about ARIN, APNIC, RIPE or the other registries taking back unused IPv4 space. There are policies in place which encourage transferring unused IP addresses to organizations that may need them. In the past there was often unclear wording in registry manuals implying they would take back unused IPv4 space if it wasn’t being used – but as transfer policies are clarified and fleshed out, most of this language has been removed so you shouldn’t be worried at all. It is only after years without use or if a company has fraudulent intentions for obtaining their IP address when registries will take back usage of their IPv4 resources.