Saturday, April 12, 2008

A nice domain falls in my lap

Has this ever happened to you?

You get an email from a company saying they have "secured xxxxxxxxxx.net after it dropped, and since you are the owner of xxxxxxxxxx.com, would you be interested in the .net version to protect your brand, etc". They only ask for the registration fee plus a 'small profit'.

Well I get those emails from time to time, and have never had the slightest interest, maybe because the name only had value to me in .com, or whatever.

This past week was different though, because the email offered me a .com domain for a name I held in .ca (their email said I owned the .net version, but it actually isn't registered by anyone). This domain was a cityname + homes .com, and I figure this name only has value in .com and .ca, since the town is in southern BC. The town is called 'Trail', and even though it isn't a huge town, it's a fairly major center for this part of the province, has a great hockey history, a big mining company operates there, and it's close to the US border. As the owner of the .ca, I was definitely interested in the .com.

So I clicked on the link, and it took me to a page where I could 'buy it now' for about $450. I went back to the email, and replied that I was interested in the domain and offered a (much) lower price. A while later, a new email arrived, and when I clicked on the link, it went to the same page but with my offer as the listed price. It was too good a deal to pass up.

I have to say the company was very professional all the way, and did everything they said they were going to. Within 24hrs, I had control of the domain. It's a domain I never thought I'd have the chance to own, I figured a real estate company would've owned it. Though I don't like dealing with unknown companies that solicit through email, like I said they seemed professional, and for the quality of the domain, the low price was worth the risk. I also used paypal to pay, so my creditcard info was never exposed.

In the future, I hope I get a lot more email offers like that falling into my lap for .com domains of similar or better quality. You just don't expect those kind of buying opportunities anymore. Another thought, If I hadn't owned the .ca version of that name, I probably never would've the email from them for this opportunity.

2 comments:

  1. I get those emails, and I use them differently....They are more or less alerts of what is coming up on SnapNames or nameJet

    I then go and bid on the drop myself

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  2. I've seen that too, sometimes you even go and check the domain and it's not registered - even though they say they've 'secured it'. In this case they had regged the domain, and I didn't mind paying higher than reg fee for it. And they made a small profit, so it's a win-win.

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