GoDaddy continues to pester domain owners with “offers” that ignore the BIN

I wrote about this issue before, and it's obvious that GoDaddy and its team of brokers don't really care. At the very least, middle management at GoDaddy is not doing anything to address this issue, which they promote as a "Domain buy" service. GoDaddy's aggressive approach to relaying offers and collecting a fee without discrimination, is akin to spamming. When a domain is clearly parked with a lander and a price at a competing venue, such as the Uni Market, ignoring that lander's figures and collecting an upfront fee to contact the domain owner is a waste of money. It's also annoying for the owner of the domain name. GoDaddy brokers spam domain owners with invisible offers, seeking a click in order to collect data on the registrant, that typically has their information … [Continue reading]

Scammers using Bitcoin in an effort to steal domain names

During the past two weeks I experienced two attempts by scammers to steal domain names, by offering payments in cryptocurrency. These Bitcoin scammers offered to acquire premium domains by indicating they can only make payments in BTC. There is a reason why such a method of exchanging domains for money isn't supported by the Uniregistry Market. There is no safety process to validate the source of payment, and anonymity - while a welcome feature in many circumstances - can also be a safe method to commit a crime and hide behind it. Payments in cryptocurrency can remain in limbo and if not careful, the party with the domain name can falsely believe that a transaction has been confirmed. There are ways to delay the confirmation of the payment, and to the uninitiated it can lead to a … [Continue reading]

Domain offers : I can do $X,XXX tonight only

When receiving offers for domain names, the exchange can become progressively interesting as negotiations unfold. Domain offers are often mere "pings" on a domain, to gauge its owner's activity, but some times they are honest inquiries with a random number tagged to them. The task of issuing a domain name quote is dependent on the domain's qualities, but can most definitely adjust based on the party that inquires about it. Some times, the other party resorts to some hasty techniques, upping their offer from a few hundred dollars, to a number in the low four figure ($X,XXX) range. That quick jump can be perceived as an indication of true interest by some, but if it doesn't match the domain's valuation, there is no reason to be excited about. A note that I often receive on the … [Continue reading]

Old domains : From hand-registration to sale, 17 years later

Between 2001 - 2003 I was perusing dropped domain lists provided by one of the best paid-for services at the time, DomainsBot. Hundreds of dictionary domains were available, in .com, .net and … [Continue reading]

Brokerage persistence : Why are domain BIN prices on ignore?

Happy New Year! For me, the new year began with plenty of domain offers and a solid mid four figure sale, via the Uniregistry Market. It's where I list my domain portfolio to invite inquiries. The … [Continue reading]