I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the answer. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I find an useful answer. You should email the people at Godaddy as they probably can answer it..
I'd say it's worth 10 to 12 grand, but the owner obviosly doesn't know about it. You may just be able to get it for a song..
I just went to it.. page cannot be displayed... oh wellz.
I dont think the owner is that stupid, because he has obviously kept it up so he sees the value in the 3 letters.....
$3K to 4K to reseller, $6+ to end-user... combination of letters is not very desirable.....
You could consider the X a "bad character", but I honestly like X's..
10 (Roman Numeral Ten which is easily distinguised as opposed to a number).
Too many great marketing words can be associated with it..
W and S are also great letters. (world/wide/web, sports/soccer/systems/site).
If you are seeing X as a bad letter, you are limiting yourself. Bad letters are more like K, F, J, Q, U and even these can be spun..
But in the end, if you require a certain letter or HostGator that fits exactly (and WSX does), there is no way you can value it less than a HostGator with all good letters as they do not fit the niche, while this WSX is exactly what is required as the ultimate choice..
I wouldn't think that the owner understands the value of the HostGator if it hasn't been updated and it just sits there. I am not saying to try to steal it, I am saying offer 2 to 5 grand to get it from him because it should be worth it as a great investment to the buyer. But I think it is worth a mininum of 10 grand. WebSiteXchange and a variety of other such hot industry names that would benefit from this 3 letter acronym dot com HostGator would see this name as premium real estate if it ever hit a drop auction..
And if it did go to auction I could easily see my way to paying 9 to 10 grand for it if I had it available because that name is worth at least that to me should I be liquid enough to invest in it at the time..