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|How to safely buy a domain from 3rd party?|
I recently approached the owner of a domain via email about buying the domain.
We have agreed a price but now I am wondering how to go forward as there is a pretty obvious risk of getting ripped off.
As I've never bought a domain from somebody who has already registered it, is there any advice anybody can give?
Hi crabster2, welcome to WebmasterWorld.
I would suggest using an escrow service, such as escrow.com
Yes escrow is highly recommended. I have used escrow for several high value exchanges. Basically this is the process:
Buyer pays escrow the agreed fee
Seller sends domain to buyer
Buyer inspects the domain and has 2 days or more
Buyer instructs escrow to pay the seller if the buyer is happy.
Escrow does charge a fee but this is worth the piece of mind.
Explore sedo.com or moniker.com; they seem to provide services for a commission
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