What a Ripoff!

Last Update: June 28, 2014

No, I'm not talking about WA ... this is my family.

Last night I decided on a "dot com" name for a new website in a very narrow niche. Jaaxy says 1230/210/81/93 not bad. And the "dot com" is available (per Jaaxy). I put it in Google and nothing appears.

So I slept on it and awoke with the idea that this is a go for me!

This morning I went to NameCheap (and others) only to find out the domain was not available but for sale.

I was directed to what looked like a broker's site asking for an offer. I put in $20 instead of the normal $11.48. Answer back ... get real! ... these domains sell for thousands of dollars!

Since it is not active I went with the "dot org" domain. It's more authoritative for my niche anyway. So who wins?

Anyone else call this a ripoff? Anyone else have this experience? I'm madder than h#%l!

This sort of activity should be stopped somehow!

Cheers all,

Joe

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TravelHacker Premium
Yeah, I've had this happen a few times. I wouldn't necessarily call it a rip off... I would call it a smart business move on the part of people who are in the business of buying and selling domains.

Not worth my money - like you said, either choose a .org option or a different name, but that's all part of the online marketing business.
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KD6PAO Premium
Thanks Stephanie ... you make a good point!
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TravelHacker Premium
Cheers!
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sasukhram Premium
I heard a long time ago that sometimes when you search for a domain it alerts registrars that someone searched for it (I can't remember the details, it was so long ago) and then it can be purchased straight from under you. I use NameCheap and that company has worked well for me. Sorry to hear this happened.
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KD6PAO Premium
Thanks for your comment! Just don't seem right!
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byrona Premium
Unbelievable!
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KD6PAO Premium
Thanks Byron. Guess there is a lesson to be learned here!
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GrahamS Premium
In Godaddy it says domain is available but has the domains listed there so you can see how much you have to pay for it. Sometimes thousands of dollars. I think people just find a good keyword, buy the domain for $10. then try to sell it for lots more. Annoying to say the least.
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KD6PAO Premium
Thanks Graham ... freakin thieves on the internet!
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DoubleTap Premium
Yup, been there and seen that before... I know just what ya' mean, Joe!
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KD6PAO Premium
What can you say? Hey thanks for your comment!
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