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Getting Someone Else's Expired Domain
Trying to get a domain from an acquaintance

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Msg#: 323 posted 10:08 pm on Jun 21, 2001 (gmt 0)

How difficult is it to get a domain from a friend who agreed to release it to me? He lives overseas, but I have asked him through email.

He reserved it at NSI, and I looked on their site and do not see where to get one transferred.

My friend said I could have it, it expired back in 4/01

Any suggestions?



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Msg#: 323 posted 3:54 am on Jun 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

You have to put in an application to transfer the domain. It's been awhile since I've done this through NS. With other registrars, you fill out a "transfer request". What will happen is the Admin Contact on the domain will be sent a confirmation request for the transfer. He'll have to fill it out exactly and email it back to NS. The transfer to you will thing go through in a week or four.


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Msg#: 323 posted 5:14 am on Jun 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

>>>>>>>it expired back in 4/01 <<<<<<<<<

go to any registration company and see if it is available. If it is than buy it and if not, then you can at least find out who owns it.


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Msg#: 323 posted 6:39 am on Jun 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

Perhaps since your friend will work with you you could go to another registrar and transfer the domain and when they try to confirm it with him he can respond favorably. I believe I read somewhere that NSI will hold a domain for at least 60-90 days grace just in case you decide to renew after the expiry.


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Msg#: 323 posted 6:48 am on Jun 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

Thats right, some domains that expired back on 4/01 have already been re-released, so first you should see if it is available. If you find that it is still registered under your friends name then ask him to renew it and then transfer it into your name. The idea here is to get it before it expires because it will go fast if it is a decent name and is re-released to the public. There are firms out there snapping them up 5 mins after they are released if they have any decent value.


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Msg#: 323 posted 10:56 am on Jun 24, 2001 (gmt 0)

You have no more than 2 solutions:

1) Perform a Registrant Transfer at NSI at :
(If I remember correctly, requires the services of a Notary)

2) Shop around and transfer the domain name to a different registrar, then transfer ownership through them. Each registrar has different rules and procedures. Read their FAQs carefully.

domain tips:

You need to renew that domain name. NSI is famous for auctioning unpaid domain names, and it would be a shame to lose it that way. Their databases are rarely up to date, so you may see that the domain name still exists, while in fact, it has expired.
To have an up to date look, try the "Whois lookup" at www.corenic.org . All registrations, and expirations show up anywhere from 8 to 24 hours there, while on most other databases, you see changes 48 hours later.
Check Core 2 times a day, just to be sure. Remember, if the name has expired, millions of people can buy it before you!And who knows, maybe someone else is keeping their eye on your domain, waiting to pounce on it the moment it is "freed". Sometimes the whois at core doesn't give much information. It is useful for knowing if a name is taken, but if you want detailed information, www.betterwhois.com will give it to you.

Here is where you can find urls for other registrars:


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