|Domain Selling Companies|
| 4:35 pm on Jan 6, 2010 (gmt 0)|
I'm just wondering what you all think about these domain selling companies? I am in the process of designing an open source project. I am looking to get the .com domain name for this product, and its already been taken by BuyDomains.com. They want over $2000 for the domain. I have tried to get them to come down but they refuse to take anything resonable for the domain name.
The domain name has been sitting in there (over 800,000) collection of names for over 10 years and has never been used. The domain URL leads to a parked "for sale" page.
At one time they also had the .org version of this same domain name for sale for $5000.00. It was registered over 10 years ago on the same day they registered the .com name. Some how they let the domain name expire and now I currently own the .org version of the name as to which they are not very pleased.
The .org version will work for me because this is an open source project anyway. I had planed to buy the .com version and then just redirect the domain to the .org anyway.
I don't know if I could ever register a trademark or copyright to my product because they own the .com name. I guess I don't really need the .com but it would be nice.
I find that I really hate this companies because they buy up over 800,000 domains. Good domains are in very short supply, and these companies buy them up and try to sell them for thousands of dollars. A lot of people cannot afford this type of payment so these domains stay parked, unused, and wasting space for ever.
Maybe I'm wrong but I think that these companies should not be allowed to do this when someone elses has a real use for the domain. I understand that they own the domain, because they got it first. I don't have a problem with people buying and selling domains for a higher price. But I get annoyed when one comapany owns almost a million domain names in a short supply market. It seems like a Monopoly to me. But I'm not a lawyer.
I'm not sure what I do about getting the domain from them, if I should create a back order or what.
| 6:52 pm on Jan 6, 2010 (gmt 0)|
|The .org version will work for me because this is an open source project anyway. I had planed to buy the .com version and then just redirect the domain to the .org anyway. |
Congratulations on the .org, develop it and don't worry about the .com, you may find in the future you are offered it at a very preferential rate if they can't find a buyer for it.
|I don't know if I could ever register a trademark or copyright to my product because they own the .com name. |
We can't discuss that here, you need specialist advice however just because they have owned the .com for 10 years does not mean you cannot apply for the copyright name so long as no one else has already!
Insofar as stock piling names this has been discussed many times before and there are lot of members for and against it. There are plenty of names still available in many different extensions...as is said, think outside of the box with a little inventiveness:-)
| 7:23 pm on Jan 6, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Thanks for replying.
I can think of some cool domains with other extensions, something is funny like AllAbout.me but I am worried about registering those other extensions because they don't get noticed as much as .com, and also, I'm worried because some of them like .me are owned by other countires that may in the future decide to stop offering/supporting the .me extension. Then what will happen to my website? I know that .com will never stop being supported.
I don't really understand how it works, but I think there is a company/organization that is in charge of the different extensions. Like .me is controlled by another country (I forget what one). Its not a bad thing that its controlled by another country, but I don't know what the laws are for that country, and because they change governments so often its hard to know what tomorrow will bring. Can I really trust developing a website using those extensions?
Edit: Off Topic, I am wondering how important is it to register the .org and .net versions of a .com? Is it really that important or is it just a way for the register to get more money? If you have no intention of ever using those extensions, it seems silly.
| 1:41 pm on Jan 8, 2010 (gmt 0)|
|because they don't get noticed as much as .com |
They do however there are a lot more .coms than others in the Google.com serps. Go to Germany, Netherlands, India or China and see which are the most popular, .de, .nl, .it, .in and .cn, even in the UK I believe .co.uk is outregistering .com these days.
Try Google.co.in or another Google country extension and see what results you get, it may surprise you.
|.me is controlled by another country (I forget what one) |
|Can I really trust developing a website using those extensions? |
To be honest that's never crossed my mind and I have a lot of different extensions applicable to the countries I supply from via the Net for the past 16 years...I wouldn't consider a US company using a .me as being very professional unless it used something very applicable like your example.
|I am wondering how important is it to register the .org and .net versions of a .com? |
Personally I would if they are available, the cost is very low, you should not be paying more than $12.00 p.a. and if you have a reseller account about $7.00 p.a.
FWIW I have a standard extension policy when buying company trading names as follows: .com/net/org/biz/info/co.uk/asia/cn/in/eu/tel/mobi
For some other countries I sometimes also get their extensions such as .de/com.br/it/ and I do have a couple of .us
This may seem a little extreme however I view it as a low-cost insurance policy and for a global trading company I view them as necessary and in any case they're fully tax deductible.