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Can I sell my instagram handle?
4 points by r0fl 10 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 4 comments
I have an Instagram username from October 2010 that I have been actively using.

It is 4 letters long with a repeating vowel. For example: GABA

Throughout the years I’ve had numerous people ask for the account via Instagram. I’ve had offers from $500-1000 that seemed serious and a couple in the $10,000 range that felt like phishing scams so I blocked those accounts.

It’s a personal account. I don’t sell anything from the account nor do I plan to. There are multiple companies in multiple different business streams with the same 4 letters as their name.

I’ve had at least 500 attempts to reset my password in the last 9 years!

Eventually someone will hack into my account or will get a lawyer to somehow sue me or a username troll will take over my account (like that guy who posted here who took over all those inactive accounts).

What are my options? Is there a marketplace to sell accounts?

Is there anyway to reach someone at Instagram and have my account linked to me in case I get hacked? I’ve tried to get my account verified but it’s not a popular account and I’m not a famous person so no luck with that yet.

Any input is highly appreciated!


"You can't attempt to buy, sell, or transfer any aspect of your account (including your username) or solicit, collect, or use login credentials or badges of other users"

Yes I understand that. But surely usernames must change hands regularly.

Shan gao, huangdi yuan - The Mountains are High and the Emperor is Far Away.

There must be a way to get a hold of the emperor if you try hard enough.

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