I recently inquired about the purchase of a fairly generic domain name for a small business I was thinking of starting. I was quoted $250,000! I ignored the quote and moved on but when I was chased up by the agent selling the domain, I went into a rant about how I think that people buying domains to hold businesses to ransom is immoral and that it stifles enterprise. The agent replied that often people have bought a domain for a high cost, with the intention of starting a business, but that it's not worked out so they're trying to recoup costs. He also said that large companies like Microsoft own thousands of domains from businesses they have bought and should they give them away? I argued that they (hopefully) buy businesses for the value of its products or services and the demand for those products or services, not to cash-in on a domain name. How do other people feel about this, if anything?