I have a successful website that has a hyphenated domain name.
I bought the domain in 2000. Back then registration was $70/year via network solutions. I was a newbie. At that time the website was just a hobby site. It never crossed my mind to get both versions.
As my website prospered, I would visit the non-hyphenated website from time to time. It went through various versions of garbage. Now it is essentially just a parked domain. It's page is just a "related-links" (ads) type thing.
Out of the blue, I got an email from a company named Regystro who said the domain was available and to reply to them to get "more details."
The "more details" were simply that they could get the domain for me for a cost of $97. If I was interested then I should reply and they would "contact you (me) when the domain name is ready for purchase and transfer."
I went to the current version of the non-hyphenated domain. Clearly across the top of the web page it states that the domain is for sell via a company called AfterNic (which I think is a Godaddy company).
There's no price mentioned on the site. There is an AfterNic form you can fill out for more information. I'm hesitant to immediately pursue that route because it would immediately become clear who I am. (The owner of the hyphenated version, and probably the only person in the universe who would want this domain. And therefore the person given the highest quote.)
Then I went into my Godaddy account ;to check about availability. They said the domain could be had for $1999. (The Regystro company said I could get it for $97.)
So I need some help understanding what is going on here and what is the best way to go about pursuing this matter.
Should I do things through: Regystro, Godaddy, Godaddy/auctions, AfterNic?
Do I need to try to shield the fact that I already have the hyphenated version of the domain and therefore really am an eager buyer.
Having said that, my only plans for the new domain would be to put up a redirect to my current website (no domain name change is planned). I can easily live without the non-hyphenated form but if I could get it for a few hundred bucks, I'd consider that a deal.
What's the way to go about this and get the lowest price and not get ripped off?