Purchase coinciding web domain?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by Cursor, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. Cursor macrumors 6502

    Cursor

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    Currently I have a .net web domain, and have always tried to buy the .com version off of GoDaddy when it has come up for sale, with no luck.

    Just today, I received an email stating that the person who owns the .com domain, wants to sell it to me. Normally, I don't trust emails from strangers, but am curious about the plusses/minuses of pursuing this.

    Can anyone give me any advice on this? I'm a little nervous to have a private transaction like this with a total stranger.

    How should this take place, as long as the asking price is reasonable? Is there any danger in emailing them back (phishing scam?)?

    Thanks.
     
  2. 2457244 macrumors regular

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    It's possible... not everybody online is a gangster,

    Just try to agree on paying through PayPal or something where you have so safety net. I think PayPal has a special payment option where your money is safe or guaranteed if the seller doesn't do what you guys agreed upon.


    Just keep in mind, there are lot's of jobless people on this planet that only do this kind of business. They have a way or system of knowing what domains wil become available on X date and Z time and before that date they already have figured out through Google if they should buy this domain or not. If it's worth X money they buy it for a dollar or two at some sloppy hosting company and after that they start the process of trying to sell it to make money of it.

    It's legal but in my opinion not a nice way of making money.
     
  3. Cursor thread starter macrumors 6502

    Cursor

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    Thanks for the help! If he owns the .com domain and I successfully purchase it, how is it transferred over to me?
     
  4. 2457244 macrumors regular

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    You'll get a moving key to transfer it rights from one hoster or person to another.

    Just Google: GoDaddy + Move domain name and you'll find all the info. It's very basic.
     
  5. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    When buying a domain from a third party, It's a good idea to use an escrow service like escrow.com. They will charge a fee, but it's worth it for the peace of mind when dealing with a complete stranger.

    Basically this is the process:
    • Buyer pays escrow the agreed fee
    • Seller sends domain to buyer
    • Buyer inspects the domain and has 2 days or more
    • Buyer instructs escrow to pay the seller if the buyer is happy.
    Just a suggestion of course. CYA
     
  6. Efrem macrumors regular

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    First thing, go to a site like whois and confirm that the seller really owns the domain name. If that checks out, pursue it. If it doesn't, either run in the other direction or ask the seller to explain the discrepancy. There might be a reasonable explanation, but don't be gullible.
     
  7. Cursor, Oct 15, 2015
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    Cursor thread starter macrumors 6502

    Cursor

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    The admin name is "Pending Renewal or Deletion". The admin email "expired@dynadot.com" is different than the one that emailed me with the offer to sell.

    Does this indicate that the offer is bad and the seller is not legit?
     
  8. Cursor, Oct 15, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2015

    Cursor thread starter macrumors 6502

    Cursor

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    That sounds like a good service and well worth the money. Thanks!
     

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