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Before Negotiating, Make Sure Your Domain Is Still Registered

Posted on 26 August 2012 by Andrei

Here’s a little story about how I bought a domain at regfee because I noticed that the owner forgot to renew it (yep, the “seller” and I negotiated for a domain that was available at regfee haha). Everything happened via Sedo, I was looking for domains related to a certain niche for an upcoming project, found a good one and started the negotiation process.

It was a pretty solid domain in an exotic extension but it made perfect sense for the project I had in mind.

Anyway, I made an initial offer, then the “seller” countered and wouldn’t budge. After several back and forth bids via Sedo, I noticed that it was available.

That’s right, the owner was negotiating the sale of a domain that he forgot to renew and, even more so, the domain in question was available at regfee at that point.

I registered it but ended up deciding against launching the project I had in mind.

After a year or so, I sold it for low 4 figs, something in the 1k area if I’m not mistaken. This happened a while ago and I don’t remember all of the details but this much is certain: before negotiating, it’s always a good idea to make sure the domain still belongs to you 🙂

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