Who's got a clever username on Instagram? It could make you $$$$.
Intitally a student turned down the offer of £700 to hand over his username and he actually said no. But the shopped was persistent and asked again.
Speaking to UNILAD, Ryan said:
"Basically I had had an offer for my username before but when I got asked for an IBAN I didn’t know what it was and thought the woman was trying to steal money off me.
About 8 days before I went to New York I realised I had an Instagram message request. I had exchanged how I wanted cash as if you get cash through Paypal they can reverse the transaction.
So the only way would be a bank transfer. It was about 2 days later I got the message saying he was ready to send the first payment. I had been out foot-golfing with the guys from college as it was our last week. The signal wasn’t the best but we were on the 3rd hole and I got the mail saying the first payment had been sent.
When I saw I had been transferred £398 I couldn’t believe it I was running about telling everyone out it in my group chats as no one believed anyone would actually pay me."
After receiving the first payment, Ryan changed his username and then the mystery username shopper said he would send the second payment of £300.
"I couldn’t believe it so I made the tweet almost instantly. I thought the tweet would do well. Like maybe 100 favourites or so but I wasn’t expecting it to do so well I actually had to turn my notifications off."
Interestingly, when Ryan checked his old username, it had already been purchased and used by someone else.
The buying and selling of usernames is known as ‘domain flipping’ and is a pretty fruitful side business for people.
Ok, time to start thinking of awesome usernames to sell now.