Buying a domain from

Sale signI recently found my self in a position of negotiating the purchase of a domain from a domain reseller (or “domainers” as they are commonly referred to as [1]). It is one of those outfits that buys up domains in bulk to resell them at a huge markup. Before I contacted HugeDomains I googled around [2] [3] and couldn’t find much in the way of specifics on how to negotiate with them. I wasn’t even sure if they negotiate at all for their domains. I am writing this article about my experience buying a domain from in the hope that it will help someone else buying a domain from them. My purpose is to try and document as much information as I can about the transaction.


First a bit of background about They are a relatively new outfit which started getting into the domain reselling business around 2006. The company behind is operated by Andrew Reberry[4]. Andrew’s company is also affiliated with the domain registrar[5]. All of these companies are located in Denver, Colorado. The company TurnCommerce has an A+ rating with the BBB (as of November 2010). While you can disagree with their business model, they seem to be a reputable business. I can state that my interactions with the company were entirely professional, and once a deal was reached the transaction was processed quickly. We had the domain in our possession, transferred to my preferred registrar within 3 days.

The Value of a Name

Figuring out the value of domain names is tricky. There are lots of factors which can influence the value of any particular domain name. Here are a few general ones:

1) How short is the name? People like shorter names because they are easier to remember and quicker to type.

2) What is the potential business value? If the name is obviously linked to a product or service that people are looking for then its value is higher.

3) What extension is it? For whatever reason everyone want’s a “.com” domain name. All other extensions are worth a lot less.

4) Is the name brandable? Short or long, some names are easier for people to connect with a concept or business.

5) Does it contain weird characters? Things like dashes or numbers in strange places detract from the value of a domain.

6) Are there other alternatives? If people can choose something else for cheaper that also works, then the value is lower.

At the end of the day value is completely relative. How much a domain name is worth to me is different that what it is worth to someone else. and other resellers have to walk a fine line trying to figure out the market price for a particular domain. They try to figure out for someone who is interested in using this domain for it’s maximum potential (i.e. building a business on it) how much would that person be willing to pay for the domain. It’s a hard thing to do and the success of their business depends upon it.

Our Story

We were in the process of setting up a new website and needed a domain name. Unfortunately, it was already taken! already owned it and wanted $1,495 for it. In my opinion that’s an outrageously high sum of money for this particular domain name. Their website offers a one click buy button for the domain at the full asking price. Since we weren’t willing to do that, I sent an email inquiring about the domain to see if they even negotiate. Around a month later we received a reply from Christian, on behalf of, he invited us to submit an offer for the domain.

At this point we needed to figure out how much we valued the domain. We were certainly not willing to spend the full asking price for the domain and after a long conversation about it we settled that our maximum amount we were willing to pay was $700, but that we’d make an an initial offer at $400. We received their reply to our initial offer very quickly, just a few hours later. The reply stated that HugeDomains won’t accept less than $500 for any domain that they sell. It then goes on to say that for domains in the $1500 range they typically accept offers in the $800 – $1000 range depending on “certain” factors. What those factors are, I have no idea. At they very end Christian adds one more wrinkle stating that our next offer would be “final”, what does that mean?

After receiving the reply we were unsure of what our next step should be:

First, I had assumed that the negotiation was going to be like a car, where you say a number, they reply with a another number, etc. This continues until you reach a mutually agreeable number or you decide to part ways. His email indicates that we are making a “final offer” possibly meaning we could not make future offers for some amount of time. We didn’t know.
Second, he states that they would not accept offers for less than $500. I don’t know if this is something he just added this to get us to increase our offer or if this is an actual policy they follow.
Third, he presents a new price range ($800 – $1000). If he’s voluntarily offering this information I am pretty sure it must be higher that what he actually thinks the value of the domain is. We immediately feel comfortable that we will eventually get the domain for at most our maximum value of $700. But the question is how much lower will he go?

As I saw it there were three options, 1) stick with the current $400 offer, 2) increase it to $500 the possible faux minimum, or 3) go straight to our $700 maximum. At this point we consult with several other co-workers having an engaging discussion on the best negotiation strategies to maximize returns. We had fun running through several scenarios and trying to predict what their response would be. However it boils down to the simple fact that we don’t know enough to predict their response or find the optimal strategy… it’s just a guess. In the end we decided that we would increase our bid to $500. Our plan was that they would either accept it right away or we would wait a few more months and try again at a slightly higher amount.

Our $500 offer was accepted right away. The domain transfer proceeded smoothly and everything worked just as expected. Happy ending, and we’ll have our website up soon.


I’ll never know if I should have stuck to my original offer of $400. I don’t know if they really have a $500 minimum policy or not. I am inclined to think I made a mistake and they would have taken the $400 offer. However I am glad that I didn’t jump immediately to my maximum bid!

Lastly, likely made a lot of money, even at the lower offer of $500. The prices that registrar’s pay for domains is fixed by ICANN at $6 for a 1 year registration [6]. However, we don’t know how much it costs them to acquire the domain initially nor do we know know the overhead of employing staff to handle negotiations, etc. It seems reasonable to assume that they picked up the registration for relatively cheap from someone else dropping their registration and I doubt their overhead costs for a small operation are that high. The business also operates on high volume with multiple hundreds of thousands of domains in their inventory. Factoring all these things in, it seems to me that their business model is highly profitable with extremely high markups.


[1] “Domain name speculation” on Wikepedia,

[2] “ = the next“,

[3] “Dear $995 is Too Much for this Blog Name – Ya Pirates.“,

[4] Andrew Reberry’s Linked in Profile,

[5] “NameBright’s Terms and Conditions“,

[6] “Revised VeriSign .com Registry Agreement: Appendix G“,


January 21st, 2011: The article was revised at the request of I also took the opportunity to correct several grammatical problems and cleanup the article a bit.

September 5th, 2015: Removed the last name of the representative from HugeDomains that I interacted with from the post at the request of Andrew Reberry who noted that he no longer works for the company. His last name was also removed in all the comments on this post and replaced with underscores.


78 Responses to “Buying a domain from”

  1. This is very much how domain names will be sold in the future.

  2. Aggro says:

    Any site operator who doesn’t or can’t afford to pay $1000 for a domain for his business should NOT be in business. Period.

    Of course, even a total newb like you knew .com is the best.
    ‘course you could have got the .net for $9 – but didn;t.

    Champagne tastes, beer money budget

  3. Scott says:


    Your comment is rather startling. Are you suggesting that we should all buy domain names at exaggerated prices from resellers as some sort of “test” of business worthiness? I am sure that if the reseller could have sold the domain to someone else at a higher price they would have. No one twisted their arm in this transaction.

    I will turn your comment around and say: Any business which over pays for goods or services should NOT be in business. Period.


  4. Q says:

    I dealt with Mr. _____ recently as well, and he was a colossal condescending ***hole. Anyone associated with should be put in prison.

  5. Scott says:

    Like I said in the post, Christian _____, was entirely professional and all my interactions with the company were the same. Once the deal was reached the transaction was completed very quickly.


  6. Greg says:

    I, too, recently dealt with “The” _____ and I’ve never spoken with such an unprofessional businessman in my life. I can’t comment on the business itself because I decided not to work with them after Christian _____ reached out to me.

  7. Christian _____ says:

    Hi Scott, and everyone else involved in this discussion! Here it is from the horses mouth: there is no magical formula to doing business with our firm. We try to be fair. The value of a domain has to do with the domain itself. We use some modeling to establish our asking price, which includes comparable sales and some proprietary data. When folks call in to ask about a domain, we’re happy to do a price review. In some instances, we’re willing to negotiate. The degree upon which we’re willing to discount any price has to do with the domain itself. In some instances, we’re absolutely committed to our sales price. In some instances, we’ll offer/accept a deeper discount than in other cases.

    In all cases, I try to be as professional as possible. I have spent 15 years in sales and marketing, and believe that the whole reason for business is to take care of customers. That being said, professionalism is a two-way street. Customers deserve the best service and courtesy as possible. You (customers) are critical to the success and health of our business, and we appreciate each and every opportunity to create a win-win outcome. Unfortunately, as you can imagine, there are times when our team has to deal with some very adversarial folks who just don’t see the value in a good, premium dot com domain. I wish I could be all things to all people, but who can? Anyhow, anyone is free to call me anytime and I’ll take good care of you!

  8. Leon says:

    Thanks for this post Scott,

    I recently made a purchase from Huge Domains as well and dealt with Christian _____.

    The asking price for the domain was $1,395 and after reading your post I decided to contact Huge Domains to negotiate a price that I was willing to pay. I used their contact form on their website and asked if they were willing to negotiate. During this initial contact I offered 300.00.

    I immediately received an email from Chritian saying that they could not accept 300.00, but that they could put it up for a two week open auction with the starting bid at 600.00, or that I should make my best offer and they would consider selling the domain outright.

    The most I wanted to pay for this domain was 500.00. So, I offered 500 outright and Christian replied that he would put it up for a two week open auction at a starting bid of 500.00 and if there wasn’t much interest he would try his best to end the auction early for me.

    I agreed and bid 500.00, exactly one week later Christian ended the auction (one week early) and I now own the domain I wanted for a price I was willing to pay.

    All interactions with Christian were professional and painless.

    Although, I think the domain name reselling business is quite shady and that it really sucks there is no regulations for reselling domains, it must definitely be a profitable business model.

    Oh well, if people are willing to pay there will always be business.

    Thanks again.

  9. Andrew says:

    I am surprised to hear anyone say they got a “good” deal from these guys, when all Huge Domains did was get there first. They add no value to the system, rather try to get to names first for absolutely no reason except to extort as much money as possible. It’s pretty obvious from the pathetic negotiating tactics described above (your next offer will be final? what the hell is that?) that they’re recycling shady car dealer high-pressure techniques. The phony auction is laughable! Transparent lying. Did he also say he had to go talk to the manager? That the offer was good for one day only? He had no other bidder and knew he wasn’t going to get one anytime soon.

    I only hope ICANN pops the fee up to $7 and squeezes these worms out of business so they can go into something where they contribute value. That’s the primary value of the fee, which should if anything be smaller. All you’re buying is a line in a database somewhere and administrative overhead. (Again, fees charged without added value.)

    I came here with the conviction that I would not negotiate with these people, even for the rights to my own name (or in this case a friend’s). I’m twice as convinced now. There are too many ways to alter a domain name slightly and avoid them altogether. Anyway, I suspect if we wait a year Huge Domains will be out of business, its proprietor moving on to penile enhancement creams or whatever. And a salesman who can’t keep his manners is not good at what he does and won’t last if the market is even halfway healthy.

    Please please don’t buy from these people if you possibly can. Consider legal action if you have a trademark claim. Or wait, and they will die. That’s how I picked up my own name; I waited a year and the crass entrepreneur who had it folded. From $500 to $10 overnight, plus the satisfying distant noise of their sorry enterprise deflating.

  10. Jeff says:

    First of all, Scott, I like how quickly you put Aggro to shame! :) I definitely agree 100% with what you said in your first post, and your reply to Aggro. I’ve dealt directly with Christian and Joel from, and let me tell you first hand that they are the WORST people I’ve ever dealt with. They constantly told me that they’d get back to me within the same day, but then would never NEVER follow through. I had to call and email them repeatedly just to get some basic information, which neither could give without saying, “I’ll have to call you back.” It was such a headache that I would never recommend anyone to deal with them, or allow themselves to be ripped off by their crazy prices. I signed up for 3 different domain appraisal services, and compared the appraised value vs. hugedomains prices. Of course, hugedomains prices are insanely above fair market value. In my opinion, they’re total scam artists. Their sole business and purpose is to rip people off. Think about it, every other business gives you something for the cost. Spend money at the Gap, and you’ll get a sweater. Spend money at the auto mechanic, and you’ll get your car fixed. Spend money at Hugedomains and you’ll just pay a ton of money because they bought it first. It’s the same as someone buying up all of the food and water, then reselling it for 10x’s its actual value. :(

  11. UGE Domain says:

    @ Andrew
    “all Huge Domains did was get there first. They add no value to the system”

    Being first has its benefits. I winder how you feel about the business men who purchased huge tracts of land in the downtown core of your city years and years ago. All they di was get there first right? Now they want 1000s of times their initial purchase price. Same deal.

    I only hope ICANN pops the fee up to $7 and squeezes these worms out of business” Huh? Names cost more than that already and when guys are making markups in the 100 and 1000x I dint think $7 is much of a disuading factor.

    “I suspect if we wait a year Huge Domains will be out of business”
    Columbo you are not but if you are a gambling man I’d love to wager on this with you and GIVE YOU ODDs, big odds.

    “Or wait, and they will die” Andrew, don’t hold your breath otherwise YOU will die

  12. Thank you for posting this article.

    Some quick up to date details regarding the cost of domain names on the registrar level:

    ICANN fees are $0.18 per domain name under management per year per domain and Verisign currently charges $7.34 per domain name year. Prices for .COMs to go up in January to $7.86.

  13. Mick Wolf says:

    I sold my business in April of 2012. The person I sold the business to put my business out of business 5 months later, then filed bankruptcy. The bankruptcy courts awarded all assets of the business back to me. I should have received the 2 web domains specific to my business back in the bankruptcy, but the guy who filed bankruptcy let one of the domains immediately go. I backordered the domain through Go Daddy, but Huge Domains was the company who purchased the domain. When I saw that Huge Domains took ownership of the domain, I immediately called them. I barely said hello on the phone before the guy at Huge Domains started being condescending to me. Before I could say anything he said…I bet you’re calling to ask the price of the domain, and I bet you’re gonna ask us if we can lower the price. I responded by saying I’m only calling to find out how much the domain will be for sale for. The guy then responded by saying well it’ll be well over 1,000 dollars and the price will not be negotiable. The guy then hung up the phone on me.

    I didn’t get the impression Huge Domains operated in any kind of way that can be deemed professional. They were rude and condescending as soon as they picked up the phone. Their prices are ridiculously sky high.

    You have to question the moral integrity of anyone who supports Huge Domains.

  14. Peter says:

    I am annoyed at these folks – I have a relatively unusual surname – I have the and domains – someone else in the family had the, and I was waiting for it to expire with Godaddy. Literally within minutes, it did, and was scooped up by this lot – I wouldn’t be surprised if there wasn’t some collusion between them and Godaddy. THey are asking $1495. Get real – this is of value to people only in my family with my surname, and I know most of them, and there are probably 100 of us on the planet. I am tempted just to wait them out…

  15. Ash says:

    Peter, what you just said about collusion between the registrar and Huge Domains is something I believe needs investigating. I paid a registrar to put me first in line for a domain name that was expiring soon as I wanted to get hold of it (my name – it had only ever been a ‘server not found’ and owned by someone of the same name in England), I checked in about 6 months later and whaddyaknow, Huge Domains got there claws on it already. Did my (paid) request to reserve it somehow get passed on to HD who thought to themselves “here’s a guy who obviously wants this domain, lets get in there first and do the middle-man shyster on him”

  16. Scott says:


    I doubt there was any collusion between your prior registrar and Huge Domains. The fact is that buying expired domains is a gamble and is not a on first come first. If you dont follow a few basix steps the there is no way you’ll be able to get a competative domain name. See my other blog post on how the whole domain expiration process works:


  17. ScammedAggie says:

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  18. Scott (Admin) says:


    I am not familiar with the federal Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. However, I would expect that in the vast majority of cases the cost to pursue legal action either in the US court system or through ICANN would cost more than what they are currently asking for the domain. Maybe you’d get awarded legal fees after prevailing (if you win!) – I doubt it. The guys at HugeDomain know what they are doing, and I am sure they are intimately familiar with all the laws and regulations.

    Unless you went through the trouble of trademarking your name before they bought it I think you’re stuck with two options 1) negotiating with them to buy the domain, 2) or finding another domain name. In either case you’re best leverage in negotiating with them is that you can walk away, so do your best to make that work to your advantage.


  19. Scott – what many people fail to understand when buying a domain name is that at one point in time it sold to someone for $10. That happened in the past. Whoever bought it did so hoping for the value to go up. Same as buying land. If you bought undeveloped land in Los Angeles years and years ago what would your asking price be today? Using the logic that someone paid $10 in the past means they should not ask $1,500 today makes no sense. They took a calculated risk and their asking price is their potential reward.

    If someone does not want to pay for that premium land in Los Angeles they can go to the middle of Wyoming and buy land on the cheap. You (and everyone else) has that option because .com is not the only extension around, it is just the premium one. You could have tried to buy the .net, .org, .info, .etc… for much cheaper.

  20. Johnny says:

    Sorry to say it to the CEO of the biz who bough the domain, but he is pathetic. He had an employee making at least tens of dollars an hour spend what looks like well over 10 hours doing research and negotiations, plus they had business meetings wasting hundreds of dollars in employees time per meeting, plus they were risking not buying the name they wanted at all, plus they wasted months not buying the name earlier; all that for the possibility to save $ one thousand. The CEO should be fired for incompetence based just on the above.

  21. Ms Domainer says:


    The domaining industry is one of the most misunderstood business models, often lumped in with “cybersquatters,” those who squat on trademarked names and established company names.

    Most of us in the industry are NOT cybersquatters; we deal in generic and brandable names and avoid obvious TM domains. We buy virtual property and resell–no different from buying real estate and allowing it to accrue value and then selling for a profit. Isn’t that capitalism in action?

    It’s too bad the baddies give us a bad name; most of us are just business people who happen to deal in virtual properties.

    I’m sorry if “your” desired domain name is already “taken,” but I’m also sorry that I didn’t get in the ground floor of Google. However, I’m not going to cry about it; I’ll just follow my own path in life, and that happens to be a domainer (among other labels).

    And being rude to domain owners isn’t going to lower the price of your desired domain.



  22. John Ceusard says:

    What value do these companies add to the domain name, the website, or to the internet?

  23. Tony R says:

    I strongly advise people to not buy from the likes of Vote with your wallets, if people don’t use their service they can’t continue in business.

    My wife had a domain expire, fare enough that was our fault. bought the domain and now want over $1300 for it. It’s inconvenient that we will have to reprint some letter heads and business cards, with a new web address and email but that will cost us much less than paying them. Let them waste their money on an obscure domain.

  24. Attila says:

    I think the person said it best.

    Champagne tastes, beer money budget.

    I was in the industry heavily buying and selling domains. I can tell you first hand, Huge Domain’s asking prices are often lower than 80% of the market.

    Little FYI, average domain asking price starts at $2,800 ~ $3,400. Huge Domain’s asking price on average seems to fit the bill around $1,400 ~ $1,700.

  25. Jack says:

    I purposely let a website expire and I noticed that hugedomains picked it up for $10 and is reselling it for 1095! Funny, glad it’s still for sale and they wasted their money!!! It will be interesting if they renew it after the year they have it. They do pray on people accidentally not renewing their domains. What a brainless business model. I agree on those that have NOT supported this company. If you’re small, just get a similar domain and leave these crooks holding the bag, especially if they are as rude as others have said above!

  26. benjamin says:

    Hi there

    I can’t reach Christian _____.
    I’d like to deal with Hugedomains but on the phone they don not want to negotiate.

    Does anyone has his email address?

    Many thanks


  27. Scott (Admin) says:


    It is my understanding that Christian _____ is no longer with Huge Domains, and I am not aware of who his replacement is. You best bet is to submit an offer to purchase a domain in writing through an email. If they just acquired the domain and need it fast, then you don’t have much leverage and will probably have to put an offer that is close to their asking price. Remember that the best leverage you have in a negotiation is time. If you can use a different domain, if you can wait, then during that time they have to keep inventory without income. So if they’ve had the domain for a long time and not received any offers they are much more willing to entertain lower offers than the hot new domain.


  28. Mark says:

    Why do people keep asking : “What value do these companies add to the domains ?”
    They don’t have to nor need to … Many do not like to compare it to Real Property , but it is the best comparison. As several have already stated – Many people bought huge tracts of land in the early days and simply set on it to let the value go up. They added nothing to the property in most cases and why should they if they don’t need to ?

    FYI – for those saying HugeDomains would close or go by the wayside soon enough … NOT !

    PS : I’m not affiliated with them in any way though I have worked within the domain/website industry in the past. Congrats to them ~

  29. ultima9 says:

    Although you can see similarities between trading domains and trading land, it is very different. Saying that “many people bought up land in the early days and simply sat on it to let the value go up” doesn’t really make sense because the value of land is far, far more stable. You won’t find someone selling the land they bought 2 hours ago for a 3000% markup. Nor will you find companies buying up one million lots and “sitting on it”. Why? Taxes. Taxes based off of the value of the lot. Big Domains is not paying a “tax” to ICANN based off the perceived value. If they were, you can be sure they would not be attempting to sell a domain like They probably would have never bought such a domain in the first place, but even if they had, it would be resold for a reasonable fee because if they just jacked the price up to 1500 dollars they’d have to then pay taxes off of 1500 instead of a reasonable price.

    A better analogy would be comparing them to ticket scalpers. Buy up all the good tickets, and walk 100 feet away and resell them to those who didn’t get there first. The purpose of the ticket booth is to sell the tickets at their true value. The purpose of ICANN is to allow anyone (business or individual) easy, cheap access to unused domain names, and to keep track of who has what. The scalpers/domain traders are doing nothing more than being a useless middle man – offering no real service OTHER than the “bonus” of an additional (often absurdly large) fee.

    FYI – bragging that HugeDomains owns over one million domains adds to my argument. It just highlights how ridiculous the industry is – the scalpers have bought up a million tickets, and the ticket booth is empty but for a “sold out” sign…

  30. Andrew says:

    Thanks for this Scott. Just emailed HD trying to negotiate for my wife’s domain. They’re only asking $500, but I’m hoping I will be able to talk them down. I’m encouraged by your experience and hope for the best.

  31. Sean says:

    Hello. This was a great blog and a very entertaining comment thread. It’s great you still have some comments coming in after posting this in 2010. I’m curious, however, you noted HugeDomains asked you to revise your post. Were you affiliated with HugeDomains?

    There were a lot of good points made in the comments. I was researching just a few weeks ago cybersquatting and was pretty disappointed at that time to hear that companies like Huge Domains was not in violation on the outset, but they do appear to be in violation when they purchase expired domain names.

    In the case where the domain expired and they immediately purchased it and tried to resell it to the original owners for a markup is in direct violation of cybersquatting laws. You aren’t allowed to purchase domains KNOWING someone’s business is tied to it. The “knowing” is an important factor. Like I said, at the outset, there is really no way Huge Domains can know someone’s business is tied to that name unless it is already trademarked. Purchasing a lapsed domain the day of the lapse seems to imply they know this name is valuable to the owner. This type of practice is shady and abusive. Hopefully we can get it stopped.

    There is a good point about real estate being made by Ultima. It isn’t as if they’ve owned this “land” since 1856 and have taken care of it and now have a great offer. They’re just using money to purchase resources and then exploiting the common man. Land is also finite. Domains are not. The similarities also end at the value aspect. Like Scott mentions, the value can be very relative to the person who wants the domain. The value of land is generally the same value for ALL people interested. In the case of the person wanting, the value was specifically tied to him and anyone else who had this unique name. It isn’t valuable to anyone else, except, in the case of Huge Domains, someone trying to artificially increase the value of said domain. In land, if a lot next to the highway is valuable to Chevron, it’s just as valuable to Shell. The landowner could auction in this case. For, if they have no interested parties other than the person who wants it, will they take $11 for it? Or will they sit on it for a year (possibly more) just out of spite? What landowner will do that with the exception of the person who has land in their family for generations and doesn’t WANT to sell at all? No one. No one will spitefully sit on land.

    Really it’s going to come down to the wrong (or right) person wanting to purchase a domain to make this change, like Sen Scumbucket wants only to find Huge Domains wants $2,300 for it. Even then, he’ll probably just use our tax dollars to buy or Huge Domains will offer him a deal to keep out of trouble. Point is, it’s going to take some court cases to stop abusive practices like this and that probably won’t happen until ALL domains are owned by some Huge Domains type company.

    My advice, find a good registrar. Min will send me an email well ahead of time and if I don’t go in to renew, they buy it automatically themselves. Then they send me another email telling me I forgot to renew and ask if I still want it. If I do, they add the $10 to my bill and that’s it. If I don’t, they let it lapse next year. You can say that’s a silly business practice because they’re making purchases they don’t even know if their customers still want, but it’s their stance they take to avoid companies like Huge Domains taking advantage of people who just forget to renew on time.

  32. JP says:

    Interesting article. I saw a domain name I wanted to buy and it was $900 at I then called GoDaddy to verify that they had dealt with this company before regarding transfer of domain names, etc. GoDaddy told me they had had several bad experiences with them in the past. Strangely GoDaddy said they could broker the deal for me which would be safer and I could pay them and that I wouldn’t be charged until they had officially taken over the name. I thought this sounded strange…how could GoDaddy be brokering deals unless they were somehow in partnership with By the way has a “D” rating from the BBB and is owned by the same company as

  33. AJ says:

    I love the waterworks. If you don’t see the value in the domain don’t pay it.

  34. Gilly Nava says:

    My domain – which I had with NameCheap – has suddenly appeared as registered and for sale on Huge Domains. I wonder if there is a connection between them as ICANN says that they can’t transfer an expired domain (never got the emails about the expiry date) for 60 days after expiry. My domain expired in September 2013 and they transferred it in November 2013 in clear violation of the ICANN stipulation. I am livid. Have been trying to solve this but NameCheap won’t budge (and according to them didn’t sell – yeah like – my domain), they sent it to the Registrar for purchase/auction. It’s a load of bull and I have filed a complaint with the WhoisRegistry and ICANN. Let’s see what happens. I am so angry as I have had that domain since 2010 and they are selling it for $1,295.00 – ratbags.

  35. mauricebis says:

    I recently polled godadies for a domain name. I had found about what I wanted but just wanted to think it over for a couple of days before going for it. Surprise, I discover today that it has been taken by hugedomains. Could be just a matter of coincidence, could also be that there’s a leak from godadies checking what users search for and selling them to hugedomains with profit; What a business though, sounds quite immoral to me if that’s true!

  36. Rick says:

    If you look up a domain and then wait 2 days to register it the only person at fault is yourself. Someone else had the same idea as you and you blew it by wasting time. Also it might help your case if you even knew who the company was you dealt with in the first place. ‘Godadies’ is not a company.

  37. Casey D says:

    Domain front running and cybersquatting are despicable practices, and domainers are extortionists that are in bed with popular registrars to STEAL names soon after their searched for. This is often called “domain tasting”, where they can keep it for 5 days to test profitability. They place ads on it, which easily offsets the >10 registration fee. If someone buys a domain for an exorbitant amount, it just gives them more power and reason to keep doing it.

    I hope one day, these companies and individuals will be prosecuted for the criminals they are. There is no comparison to real estate here: they snatch the item you’re reaching for and tell you they’ll let you have it..for 100x what they paid.

    It’s wrong, it’s illegal (but expensive and difficult to prosecute), and you people that are defending them make me sick.

    HD snatched one of mine a few days ago, but they can sit on it until they rot. I will not negotiate with terrorists.

  38. Brad says:

    I had my website paid automatically via credit card renewal and the company didn’t pull the payment They then let the domain expire w/o me knowing it. HugeDomains picked it up. It will never be picked up at $1495 since its available on every other domain (.net, .org, etc..). The bad thing is I have it published in a few places.
    But, I’ll never buy it so they are holding on to it for no reason.

    I understand their business model, but it is pretty predatory.

  39. I had a cordial experience with There was a domain that was lost for a period of time, and helped me get it. They were responsive to my emails, and their pricing was fair in my particular case. Some of their domains on their site strike me as overpriced, but hey, it’s worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it. That’s capitalism, and I believe in it.

    In my opinion the people that I see angry at HD are just those who lost a domain because they forgot to register it. Also I would like to point out that just because you used to have possession of a domain does not necessarily mean it is your intellectual property. Domains are leased, and if you let your domain lease expire you do not have rights to the domain any more.

    Domaining is big business, and after having done some domaining myself I can assure you that it is an expensive hobby/business. When these domains come through the drop process they go to auction if there are 2 or more people that want it. Even if you are the only person that wants the domain, a domain coming out of the drop typically costs around $69. If there is an auction then the sky is the limit.

    Although I have no idea what pays for their domains, I can tell you folks out there that think they registered your domain for $6, you are dead wrong.

  40. Ignoramus Detector says:

    @Casey D

    Do you always speak so passionately about things you haven’t bothered to understand first? Do you often call people criminals without verifying that a law has indeed been broken? You have no idea what you’re talking about. Your angry and borderline paranoid post is emotionally driven and not based in reality.

  41. Tritonio says:

    @Casey D wether you like or not, they are not doing anything illegal nor agressive. They PAY for a free domain. The keep paying it to keep it. Why? Because they expect it to be sold for more than the basic fee. They take a risk doing so. They may end up loosing money. I bet there are companies that have gone bunkrupt because of their poor choises when “squatting” domains.

    I bet most people here wouldn’t be able to keep such a corp viable because they would fail to access the risks properly. If it was easy to just make money like that everybody would be doing it until it was not profitable enough to bother with it.

    In any case why do you think you have “a right” to buy the domain cheap? Who gave you that right in the first place? HD had the right to buy the domain cheap. And they have the right to resell it at whatever price they feel like. Who are you to deny any of these rights of theirs in favour of you right to “buy a domain at the original price”?

    I could argue the same thing for any antique. I could say I have the right to buy it at the original price plus the expenses of storing it for some amount of time. But aparently people are willing to pay WAY more than that for many antiques. Who am I to deny the right of the antique seller to charge me more than what he paid for an antique? Why do you feel that you have the right to do that the the cybersquatter?

  42. Celeste says:

    Actually, these domain websites exploit the trial grace period of domains, so that they DONT have to pay anything by keeping them. They simply refresh their trials VIA program and bam, instafreedomain forever.

    It should be illegal… but it isn’t.

  43. gia says:

    If Hugedomains/Namebright has over 350k names as they purport, that’s more than 2 million in renewal fees yearly. They’re obviously making money otherwise they’d fold. In most cases they’ll scoop up a name for reg fee, $20 at most. I’ve had some of my names expire, some by accident, and sure enough they’re listed on HD/namebright. Random word search: glory hole, you’ll find 250 names listed, listed for 2499, or for 2k, for 4k. The first two names especially aren’t going to mean anything except to their prior owners. This suggests a quantity based system, that cybersquats. It’s a numbers game to them. I’m a domainer myself, but there’s that fine line. Personally I think they’re jerkheads. Sites like brandbucket that sell brandables offer a service, but even they are reasonable.

  44. Stephen says:

    Hi, I noticed that Christian _____ said “Anyhow, anyone is free to call me anytime and I’ll take good care of you!” but I couldn’t find his personal email address or phone number, is there any way to find that contact to him or should I just go through a worker at the company?

  45. Hugh Fraudsters says:

    >Like I said, at the outset, there is really no way Huge Domains can know someone’s business is tied to that name unless it is already trademarked.

    Ha! And the business huge domains doesn’t even do that. If one looks at the federal lawsuit they filed part of the business model is to not take on other people’s domain names as a broker AND they claim to never reach out to the domain names they buy at auction so a claim of “trying to make money” is not met in the federal law.

    After I’m done kicking a couple of others up and down the courthouse steps I’ll see about doing the same to over the trademarked name they bought at auction VS from the expired pile or one that was just in the “wide open”. Depending on how I arrange for the kicking WRT to trademark perhaps I can get the FBI to act as enforcer of trademark just like hollywood.

  46. paying attention says:

    the company blatantly violates cyber squatting laws. the owners know what they are doing is a felony but they don’t care. they also seem to have a sweetheart deal with to shark domain names the second the real owner is able to renew them. this also is illegal and all parties involved know this. is a racketeering organization that should have been shut down years ago.

  47. Your Day Will Come says:

    I know you won’t post this, because you would never admit, to the truth.

    Why don’t you tell the people how much you pay the registrars, to know when any domain is expiring, so you can steal it within seconds.

    Or how you actually, steal domains, CYBER STALKING

    oh and so much more.

    Your day in court is coming, because now there are people who are not afraid to go after the likes of you.

    See you in court!

  48. Chris says:

    It’s completely unethical. Anyone that argues it is simply blind. I think about 80% of these comments are from employees of the company itself.

  49. Fred says:

    I had a domain through When I lost and changed my debit card UK2 was one place I forgot to change the card details. I lost the domain and and bought it before I had the chance to sort it. They now want over $2K for it. I say keep it you low lifes and got a different one for $9. My personal opinion is reselling domains for an inflated price should be illegal. These people bring no value to anything. If everyone did as I did they wouldn’t be there. Ar$5@le$

  50. Fred says:


    “Many do not like to compare it to Real Property , but it is the best comparison.”

    Totally incorrect. The domain name is to web and the zip code is to land. It is just used to identify the place you want to get to.

  51. Thanks for this Scott. I just emailed to HugeDomain trying to negotiate for my business domain. They’re asking $1500 (from $3,495) , but I’m hoping I will be able to talk them down. I’m encouraged by your experience and hope for the best.

  52. Birima says:

    During the month of July 2014, our primary company domain was acquired by a cybersquatting entity called They have offered to sell the domain back to us for a steep fee. We are currently investigating how this occurred and seeking the cooperation of and their registrar to transfer the domain back to our ownership and control.

    Found this example on the net. ultima9 said it best.

  53. BobT says:

    I think GoDaddy and HugeDomains share information, and this is why.
    I’ve had a number of domains expire without renewing. Some looked obviously useful to other organisations. Some were very similar sets. A number of these had a lot of traffic going to them from my other sites.

    Why would companies take the less desirable looking variations which had more traffic going to them, than the more desirable variations with no traffic?

    I presume GoDaddy knows how many hits each of my hosted domains gets, due to their Domain Name Servers, and it appears the best domains are kept within GoDaddy Group, the middle of the road end up with the likes of HughDomains, and the zero traffic unloved domains go up for renewal in a fair and open manor.

  54. Keila says:

    For all of you who are attempting to contact Huge Domains, why not just telephone the owners and their other cohorts at 303-502-9124? Ask to speak with Andrew Reberry, Jeffrey Reberry, or Sean Sidelko, just to name a few. They are located at 2635 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205.

    Don’t waste your time emailing these people. You are not worthy of their time. I have dealt with these people in the past. Customer service is not their top priority, but rather their shortcoming. It stinks to high heaven. It would appear Huge Domains prefers to keep themselves hidden behind their corporate veil, just as they do with the many question and answer websites they operate all over the Internet.

    The owners of Huge Domains also participate in content brokering. One of their largest websutes is WebAnswers, which is nothing short of a content farm full of, predominantly, poorly written garbage. WebAnswers encourages members to write high-quality content. In turn, they then share a small portion of Google AdSense revenue with their members. They then take some of the better written content and re-sell it to turn a profit. Yes, WebAnswers does state in their outdated Member Agreement that they own your content after it is submitted. However, what most members do not know is that their work is being turned for a profit.

    Long story short, my experience with Andrew Reberry, Jeffrey Reberry, and Sean Sidelko has not been a positive one. Deal with these people st your own risk!

  55. TonyTee says:

    HD and GoDaddy are the same thing! I recently saw a Domain name advertised for sale on GoDaddy and it was available but only if I placed a bid? I spoke with GoDaddy and informed the bod on the phone, that I wanted to purchase the Domain name and I was willing to make an offer. Bearing in mind that this particular Domain name had been up for auction on the GoDaddy website for over 16 months!
    The GoDaddy bod kindly informed me, that the Domain name I was after belonged to HD! The bod went on to say that “HD was a sister company of GoDaddy!” and if I was interested, then GoDaddy would do the negotiations on my behalf and contact HD for me! GoDaddy and HD are the same thing!

  56. Bart says:

    Does anyone know of successful litigation or arbitration against HD?

  57. Pearl says:

    I have a question: what were you selling, and do you think that the $500 cost for the domain name was offset by your earnings? I’d like to start a small business, but I don’t think paying several hundred dollars will benefit me.

  58. Sam says:

    If not the same company HD and GoDaddy are closely related.., a godaddy company, has an arrangement with google to display links to pages as part of the info google displays to the right of the search window when you search for a business. I noticed it said under the listing for a client who owns a restaurant. The link took me to a page that displayed three menus – obviously scraped from the clients website at some point and all out of date. It also displayed an image of the backside of a garage with trash cans and a/c units and not the image of the restaurant. At the top of the page it said “Is this your business? Customize and manage this page on GoDaddy Get Found” and that link took me to Godaddys Get Found page where one would need to pay $11.99 for the privilege of claiming ones own business info which they were not given permission to use. Also on the locu page was a link to “website” which took me to’s website where they were offering a URL similar to my clients for sale for over $1600.

  59. Valet2 says:

    And that was 2011? Now it’s 2015, and I’ve lost my domain which i used for enthusiastic non-profit videos that I’ve made. Now it’s $1800.

    I have another domain name, which reflects my nickname. I think I should pay for 5 years in advance to minimize the risk of loosing it.

  60. Huge Fraudsters says:

    Interesting what TonyTee pointed out above, that HugeDomains and GoDaddy are the same…

    Here’s my crazy exprience with hugedomains / DropCatch / NameBright.. These are all one and the same.

    6 months ago I used and some others, a total of 5 of the best backordering services to backorder a name that was about to expire.

    Only to find out that had caught the domain, usually when someone uses DropCatch to catch a domain it ends up in their 3 day auction so others can bid on the name, but the name was no where to be found.

    I went to domainer forums to read all I could about DropCatch and it turns out DropCatch has a policy to never buy domains themselves (yeah right) 2 hours after the domain I wanted was bought by DropCatch it was listed on HugeDomains for $2,500

    I asked a domainer friend about HugeDomaisn and found out they only buy domains themselves and not let others sell through them.

    So from the looks of it what we are up against is some kind of criminal gang working together to fool us all.

    This has to be stopped and the only one that can stop it is ICANN, makes one wonder if ICANN staff is being bribed by this gang that runs all the top domain services online.

    I would suggest that a petition is signed and sent to the president, that will make things right.

  61. Huge Fraudsters says:

    Oh and by the way here’s a tip, if you really want a domain name don’t place a backorder in it, if you do hugedomains and their criminal gang will find out and grab it before you can.

    With these criminals around, the only way to get a domain is to not place a backorder on the domain, wait until it expires and get it right away when it does. Draw as little attention to the name as you can, don’t keep doing whois lookups or searching for the name on domain registrars before it’s available, then get it fast as soo as it’s available.

    This is your best chance of getting a domain before these criminals do.

  62. alan says:

    I owned through, through a renew error on their end snatched it up. Now I can have it for $1,800. I was just sitting on the domain using it as a forwarder so it wasn’t a disaster, but still shitty.

  63. My opinion is that these companies should not be supported as you as a buyer can’t know how on earth they got their hands on all those domains.
    In my particular case the domain was mine used as the name Jepea in the bolivian native language means wood. So now you can ad 1 and 1 to know what sector I work. Changing from one provider to an other there was a time lapsus and all of a sudden I got a kind offer to rebuy my own domain for 1000,- US-Dollars. Nice try, the only annoying thing is that all my @-mails disappeared as well. Got a diferent domain for 1,50 US-Dollars and in the mean time 3 years have passed and it’s still out for sale. 1000,- US-Dollars???? Is that the real value of a stolen domain I paied no more than 1,50 USD ????? I hope the future will not be in their hands and if we keep looking for alternatives before supporting these …

  64. Igor says:

    I honestly think you should not buy a domain from “resellers” at any price. Search the registrars for a domain that will suit you. If your business grows in a way you could afford to pay whatever for the dream domain, then maybe o go for it, but I guarantee you, a domain name does not play a big role on a start up (that’s my .50).

    On the other hand, about resellers and ICANN… they should do like it is in Brazil. You can buy any domain you want but if a legitimate business wants to buy a domain that represents their brand name, who ever bought the looses. It is automatic. You show the business papers with the name and boom, domain transferred to you, they don’t even let the reseller know about it. Of course the name must be registered and you need to own the rights, but it is just perfect!

  65. Sam_from_Europe says:

    Hi, thanks very much for your insights. I am facing a similar challenge, so far I have my name in the .net and .eu domains, but .com is blocked by hugedomains.

    As I have registered a trade mark (in Germany) and will launch a physical product using this name, I can actually prove that I am actively using the name. According to the ICANN dispute resolution, you actually could claim the domain name. They should not have any arguments to keep them. – The only problem: you need money (several 100s $) to trigger the procedure.

    Any thoughts on this? Have you considered going down this route, at least for a negotiation strategy?

  66. Sam_from_Europe says:

    PS: Probably, the fees for the UDRP case set the price for HugeDomains and other “criminals”. They know that they offer a better price than the arbitration courts. For the simplest case, it’s 500 Euros at Czech Arbitration Court…

    It’s ICANNs fault that this business model exist. You should lower the fees and/or impose fees on the one who looses the arbitration and/or seize other domains of his (if he is not paying the fees due….).

  67. Jimmy says:

    Hi All,

    I am also having the same problem with this company (if you can call them that). These people are complete scam artists, and anyone who justifies what they do are just as bad in my opinion.

    Anyone who has managed to negotiate them down to a reasonable price must be very talented, because I have found them unbearable and impossible to have a professional conversation with. I am so confused how this can even be allowed as a money making business, and even more confused how this can be legal.

    Sam, would love to know how you get on with your conquest. This isn’t an option I thought was possible, but if enough of us proceeded in legal action then maybe (just maybe) these scammers may become more lenient with their pricing and negotiating. Please keep us updated and best of luck.


  68. Jax says:

    Yup… I think GoDaddy sends these people a LIST of names that are READY to expire. They (GoDaddy) say they sent ME proper notice, but cannot forward me a copy of that notice, that the domain was about to expire. A month or so later, my clients contacted me to say my website was giving them a WEIRD message — Well, not only did they take my domain, but they hacked into my CONTENT for my website and put their LOGOS all over it. It was AWFUL!! The worst for my business. I should have sued them for PRETENDING to be my business. They also want $1,500 for my domain name. I purchased another very similar name for my $9.99 — and now am watching Go-Daddy very carefully. Lesson learned, but I won’t dignify these THIEVES with a MERE acknowledgement of their existence. (i.e., no way in HEAVEN would I call them to “negotiate” — that’s MY domain and they swiped it PURPOSELY — Karma will get them!)

    Happy Holidays to All

  69. Jax says:

    P.S. GoDaddy says they can HELP NEGOTIATE my domain back for me. Ahahahaha! OMG SERIOUSLY???? People… wow!

  70. Jax says:

    I KNEW IT!!! GO DADDY is going to BURN itself into the ground when this gets out and a nice law suit ensues… it’s coming GO DADDY! No WONDER they were so eager to help me “negotiate with HD” to get my domain back. But of course could not provide me with ANY document to show they advised me of my domain expiring or about to expire. It’s sincerely an inside job.

    TonyTee says:
    March 10, 2015 at 3:43 am

    HD and GoDaddy are the same thing! I recently saw a Domain name advertised for sale on GoDaddy and it was available but only if I placed a bid? I spoke with GoDaddy and informed the bod on the phone, that I wanted to purchase the Domain name and I was willing to make an offer. Bearing in mind that this particular Domain name had been up for auction on the GoDaddy website for over 16 months!
    The GoDaddy bod kindly informed me, that the Domain name I was after belonged to HD! The bod went on to say that “HD was a sister company of GoDaddy!” and if I was interested, then GoDaddy would do the negotiations on my behalf and contact HD for me! GoDaddy and HD are the same thing!

  71. Justice says:

    Good article, but far too kind on them. The shell games these bad actors play is not a sustainable business model. Some authoritative body needs to regulate this space, because there are too many opportunistic guys here like Andrew Reberry who’re playing both sides and acting like it’s the wild west, and enough people are getting ripped off that the protest will eventually move the authorities to crack down. Can’t come a day too soon, either – they richly deserve it. They’re blind to the reality that the law is added because of transgression – it’s been true since the beginning, always true in the end. More unethical opportunism and cheating leads to more regulation and more law cracking down. It’s an endless cycle, and they’re stupidly playing right into it.

    So some specifics, basically HugeDomains is tied to NameBright and TurnCommerce and DropCatch, who has literally hundreds of registrars listed on InterNIC as of this post, most of them numbered. All have the same address at 2635 Walnut St in Denver, CO 80205, all at (303) 893-xxxx.

    I might not have caught on so quickly to their gaming the system if I hadn’t just spent over a year trying to get my business domain back from a cybersquatter in Osaka, Japan who was basically a copycat doing the same things but with broken English. His registrar is, his ISPs are Onamae and GMO Internet, and he reg’d the domain owner as DigiRock. But it’s all the same guy. The shell game they all play should be completely illegal.

    But what they fail to consider is the backstory. All they want is the glory bux. I’m a case of a small sole prop creative designer trying to make ends meet, so I can’t lawyer up for a UDRP. I had my .com for my biz from 2009 thru 2014 – over 5 years. I freely admit I made a mistake in trying to transfer domain registrars as a relative newb and it lapsed, and of course it was immediately snapped up by this guy in Osaka. I wrote him the same week, and repeatedly over the next year. He finally agreed to not renew it, but from that point, even with repeated requests, he never provided an EPP/Transfer code.

    Then after it went to pending delete on 7 Jan 16, I tried to set up a back order with NS’s partner, and they somehow deleted it. By the time I tried to set up another back order via godaddy, DropCatch had managed to snag it. What’s sad is, I was diligent – on all day trying to chase it down, but since I’m just a small fish and not one of the big doggies crowding around the door when VeriSign dropped it, there was no fair chance for me to get the domain back.

    And up til today, there were dozens of spammy emails trying to phish me out and see if they had a ‘live one,’ I’m guessing to place their own back orders.

    Anyway, I knew the same hour DropCatch grabbed it because I was doing this marathon today trying to recover it. Spent an hour+ on the phone with DropCatch with Shawn and Natalie trying to explain all that I’d gone thru with another cybersquatter. They wouldn’t budge, couldn’t have cared less. They of course fell back on “staying true to their user who bought it.” As if they had the moral high ground. And of course the “user” was themselves – HugeDomains – another one of their shell companies, and they pumped it up to $3,000. It’s illegitimate to create a false market, and it should be illegal. But since they’re basically soulless criminals, they really don’t care. That’s why the authorities have to force them to care. Because otherwise they go on doing damage to others to get what they want. So full of it. They’re like Sawyer on LOST, but worse. They should charge a fair market rate that takes into account revenues and prior circumstances. But they won’t, unless the authorities coerce them into a conscience by proxy.

    And to add insult to injury, after I called Shawn back to protest, they revenge-bumped the expiration date from 2017 to 2026. No one should have to pay ransom to hijackers and cybersquatters, it just sends the message that they can get away with it.

    In principle they’re in the same space as money launderers or human traffickers, opportunists trying to get a transactional cut. But it’s more than that – they’re playing a shell game, setting up a fake market relationship to try holding out for outrageous beyond-market profits. It’s wrong, especially in a case like this one. And it’s got to stop.

    If these businesses can’t see that, and their trolls who’ve drunk the koolaid and are trolling this forum can’t see that, they deserve whatever they get. Especially when the authorities – industry or governmental – force them to grow a pair and have a conscience. No sympathy for them, because they’ve had no sympathy with others, just scamming for the almighty dollar. No humanity. They’re absolutely part of the problem and not the solution.

  72. Lisa says:

    I do have a right to the domain name that was snipped by is not ICANN accredited. They get out of things they do because they are not ICANN accredited. I’ve spoken with ICANN several times. Intellectual property I have registered with the USPTO and have more than one registration under the USPTO for this exact phrase. How gets by with selling someone’s intellectual property is by not contacting them directly and putting it up for sale at a substantial amount of money DUE TO MY WORK and my registration. I have domains in the and other countries with this domain name. They do indeed snipe it, and as with my case did so with the help of GoDaddy who I had paid to get the domain and when on the phone with GoDaddy stalled until the auction was over and I could not re-bid. Even though this is my intellectual property, they try and do it by putting up legal terms on their site to say they are not responsible. Knowing that if someone else does end up paying the huge amount of money they are selling it for, I can sue them. GoDaddy was informed it was my intellectual property prior to and at the end of the auction and said they would indeed contact the purchaser and tell them, then I found out they lied and sent me an e-mail claiming they do not get involved with intellectual property and trademark issues. is ICANN affiliated, approved. This is a SCAM. Not matter what anyone trying to cover it up says. I was involved in communications for weeks, before, I have records of the discussion and names of the people I spoke with. They set you up, knowing that it is a tip off to buy a top level domain name and re-sell it. I told ICANN that is is indeed sad that they do not do more to prevent this illegal business practice. I’ve chatted with, and they all of the sudden end the call or chat session as soon as you mention to them you own the rights tot he name/ mark on the domain name. It’s all about Greed in this day and age of what they call ” domainers”.

  73. Matt says:

    I was gutted when HD had the domain I wanted, I ended up paying $2000 for it. But you know what, it’s like buying a shop front in the best high street in the world. Unlike rent you’ll always have it, and if I rented a shop where I live in London I’d pay $2000 per month. If it’s a personal domain, think hard.. do you really need a .com? If it’s a business you plan to start, borrowing a few thousand to get the ball rolling in my eyes is not defeatist. HD’s biggest problem is the professionalism, they were polite enough to me, but everything feels a bit shady and lacks an air of transparency. I think it’s what makes giving them that much money so hard. But as I say, they are a business.. they buy and sell at a mark-up based on demand. FYI If you want the domain, negotiate very close to the asking price or choose a cheaper name.

  74. Scott says:

    Hi All

    I had a domain name and started building my business around it. Due to ill health things had gone sidways for a while and I missed renewing my domain as the email to renew got sent to an old email account I no longer had. Anyway I have been still continuing on my business and found that now has my name and offered it for sale. for $2,895 I emailed them offering $300 telling them I used to own the name before. They replied with $2,795 My name is trademarked and I have proof of first use back in 2009 and if I can find my old records maybe from 2007 or before. over the last 1.2 years I have offered $500 $600 $800 $1200 $1600. They now list my name for $2295. What I am wondering if these guys & Andrew Reberry have any companion? I feel like I am being extorted for what used to my mine. My last try they said they are holding firm. Its really unfair!! I understand they are in business but be fair.

  75. Unhappy badger says:

    A domain I have been watching for got snapped up by dropcatch. When I asked them about it, it magically was bought by hugedomains. Not happy.

    Now, I have read every comment here and something crossed my mind to try and get these squatters to “pay” for their accommodation…

    If a programmer, can write a small program to search namebright for a domain name (and any other related system), sending the request via alternative proxy servers, with a valid user agent string and just requesting random characters… e.g. which doesn’t mean anything… and the automated systems that this organisation has then gives you a moment to register and if it doesn’t, it will register and “squat” it, then it is costing them money.

    If this is repeated enough times, by enough unhappy people, then hugedomains, namebright, dropcatch and whoever will be buying and then have so many junk domain names that they won’t be able to cope.

    People need to stop pandering to the prices of these domain profiteers and just come up with an alternative name for their business. I know it is not always easy, especially if you are using your given and family name, but stop paying these people. To keep paying them only encourages them.

  76. Samantha Anastasiou says:

    I am also in the very same process, and also thank you for providing this information. Do the domains they have purchased so cheaply from ICANN ever expire? I ask, because this is my business name, and I have tried to purchase it before and it was not even available, not even by huge domains.

  77. Samantha Anastasiou says:

    I would like to add that it would be nice if ICANN would let these domains expire from these dealers at unknown dates and be put up publicly for a set period of time to give business owners that have come up with their identity and creative name set beforehand a chance to to purchase it online. These dealers just randomly purchase set words together, I am sure.

  78. Don't cry says:

    Good article and lot of comments.
    GD inform about your domain when will expire, they send you a lot of e-mails.
    You have a lot of option on your GD account, a lot of option that will help you keep your domains safe.
    HD is a business, a business like other
    Don’t cry if you let your to expire, is your loss

    There are a lot of websites like HD, buydomains, domainmarket and many more. THIS IS JUST A BUSINESS!
    If you don’t have money to buy that .com domain, select a new one

    If you don’t have money to buy a super car… buy a bicycle.
    If you don’t have money to buy a house, buy an apartment…


    If you don’t have money for a .com, buy an org, net, info… other domain.
    DONT’T CRY!!!

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