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lee_sufc

10:27 pm on May 13, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Someone owns a .co.uk domain that I'd like...they haven't done anything to the site since 2004.

Is there a good way for me to contact them and ask to acquire it?

Leosghost

10:48 pm on May 13, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Find their email..send to it the following..message..

" I'm interested in purchasing this domain, what is your starting price/ how much would you sell it for"..

HTH :)

Oh yeah ..the subject line should be " your domain..name*..is it for sale..if so"

* Insert the domain name here..

or ..

" I'm interested in purchasing this domain, I'm willing to offer xxxxxxx, would this be acceptable..?"..

I "might" reply to the latter..not so much to the former ..

piatkow

7:20 pm on May 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I am guessing from the tone of the OP that privacy settings amy be hiding contact details.

In any case be prepared to be ignored, an email request like yours would very likely get zapped unread as spam.

lucy24

9:38 pm on May 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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There's always some way of contact, even if it's in the form "private-registrant@registrar's-name". So what's the harm in sending an e-mail with "I want to buy the {domain-name} domain"? Be explicit in the subject line; anything generic like "your domain" will look much more like spam.

Just be sure you don't start doing multiple WhoIs lookups from different IPs and browsers. The last thing you want to do is give the impression lots of different people are suddenly interested in the domain, leading them to jack up the price :)

lee_sufc

9:44 pm on May 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Thanks all for the advice - have emailed and ask...will keep fingers crossed!

topr8

11:37 pm on May 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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i have a couple of domains that get 'cold' enquiries, i just trash them if they don't include an offer ... if they just ask how much, they def get trashed.

Jane_Doe

3:29 am on May 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I would agree to consider making an offer from the get go. I've stopped replying to cold email offers because most seem to just be from college kids with no money wasting my time.

Webwork

7:52 pm on May 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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If you don't address your registrant by their name you probably are increasing the odds of being ignored. When someone contacts me and cannot even bother to address me by name (it's right there in the WhoIs) then I assume they either aren't really that interested OR they aren't that sophisticated in matters of business and/or domain acquistion.

Address your hypothetical seller by name and do consider making an initial reasonable offer. Odds are very good that your offer will not exceed the theoretical seller's expectations ... but your offer will show that you (may) possess some domain intelligence/savvy and are prepared to do business.

Leosghost

10:06 pm on May 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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None of my "whois" ..even the "public ones"..have my name anywhere..all are registered to my businesses..( which have as "owner details" a very very common name..happens to be mine ..with a part missing..is legit for ICANN etc )..deliberately..a practice I would recommend to everyone..

lee_sufc

10:36 pm on May 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I have contacted the owner and they replied with a ridiculously high price.

However, I wonder if anyone can advise me on an issue I have...

Basically, I own theexamplesite.com and they own theexamplesite.co.uk - they use our company name saying they are launching in 2004? The site hasn't been used at all in that nine year period? Our site was launched in 2001 so they copied our site name.

Do we stand anywhere legally with this?

Leosghost

11:05 pm on May 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Normally WebmasterWorld and it's members do not recommend talking advice ( especially legal advice ) from a forum ..including this one..

That said :) ..I maintain many "defensive " company registrations in the UK..( What that means is basically I pay to keep UK limited companies with name XXXXXXX in existence so as to prevent anyone in the UK registering the XXXXXXX.co.uk ) <= they could ..even if I had nor registered it..but the UK courts and nominet ..would "give the domain to me" if I challenged their ( possibly "prior" )registration..

Provided that the area of business of my businesses was the same as the "squatters"..Proving this "entitlement"' may involve "one" in lawyers .and may involve "expense"..

I keep many of these companies as "dormant"..annual cost including official office address at less than 100.00 ..per company..I also have the .co.uk of most of them registered to my companies anyway..

So your situation would not arise...because I have foreseen it, and prevented it..

But I would suggest to you that if the current owner of the .co.uk does not have the matching UK ltd company registered to them..that you should register it to you..

It will help your "official" leverage in the UK..with nominet..

HTH :)

The item of primary importance for the UK authorities ( including Nominet ) ..is.. which of you registered a UK company ( or sole trader etc etc ) in the UK "legal space" first..and what was covered in that company's business description ( articles )..I would still nevertheless recommend that you take legal advice in the UK about this ..

lee_sufc

11:19 pm on May 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, Leosghost! Think I might have to file a dispute via Nominet DRS.