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My habit peaked in 2000 and it has never really abated.
My habit has cost me 100s of 1000s of dollars.
To feed my habit I've sometimes acted as a dealer. I made some 5 figure deals. This only reinforced the habit.
I have a lifetime supply, 1000s still. Am I rich or am I poor? I don't know. My perception is altered. Sometimes I wish I had a beer habit. Beer: You drink it, you feel good. You also feel good when you pee away your investment in beer, it's a relief. I don't get the same feeling when my domains are expiring.
I once was paying my pusher$70 for a domain fix. Now I pay $8.00 for a fix. I could even pay less. I don't know why I don't. I believe that my latest domain pusher likes me and is there to protect me...so I pay a little more.
I keep looking to see if I might score again. I buy Snaps. I pay to enter the Pool. I bid to be a Winner.
I've got a double addiction now: A domain addiction and an auction addiction. I keep telling myself "not today, no more". I haven't had a dry day in awhile.
I worry that I might accidently drop a score, so I keep "patting my pockets" to see if a score is about to fall out onto the pavement.
It's been painful at times to say "Wow, I scored some bad s#%% man. Let it go." I do. Feelings are mixed. Relief from release. Pain from admitting a failure. Dumbfounded when fools line up to devour the crumbs from my table. The circle is unbroken.
I'm ready to kick the habit but I hear there's some good money to be made, that the market is heating up. Then I score a big sale. Then another. Someone says "hey, you got some really good s### there". My mind gets foggy. Now .... I'm the pusher again and the money burns in my account. Do I score again?
I am a domain junkie and today is the first day of the rest of my life. Today I will not buy a domain.
Consider the following:
.US names are only supposed to be owned and operated by residents or companies located in US. If this is true then a site operating as .US domain could offer more value for US consumers. If you buy from a .com you may be chasing someone in Brazil or Bangladesh for your information/product/money/credit card refund and so on and so on, etc., etc.
If you had a grievance against a .US domain holder, you would have the added benefit of using the United States courts vs an international courts if litigation became necessary.
If more and more problems keep occurring on the internetand American consumers continue to experience identity theft, credit card fraud and theft, then you should see a rise in the popularity of .US domain names as companies wish to add value through the security and peace of mind.
Before you blast me, consider this as only a theory ....
Keep buying, guys, there's still gold out there.
Yes there is!
Keep your eye on emerging industries. Snap up the primary .com domains while they are available. I view domains as Internet Real Estate. Treat them like investments. It may take a while to start seeing a return, but the wait is well worth it.
Hi, my name is Edward and I'm a Domain Name Junkie too.
OBTW: Here's a tasty trade secret, the "big one" that I gave away awhile ago at a domain forum. You want to catch the big fish and beat the big boys? Then......use the phone, not the drop catchers.
I've called people all over the planet. My success rate was about 1 in 3, a far cry better than competing with the big boys for big names in the technical game. 1 out of 3 people that I called weren't even aware they had a problem and thanked me, renewing the domain themselves. That was nice. Good karma maybe. 1 out of 3 are just impossible to track down. In that case, sometimes just to be a total PITA, I paid the renewal fee myself so the domain didn't drop. Maybe the person eventually figured out they had a problem. I don't know. All I know is that if I didn't do that chances were good that the big boys would have won again. Phooey!
Regarding phone calls, you may find yourself quite pleased with the number of people and companies that are happy to collect a few hundred dollars for a domain they have lost interest in.
I gave away the phone call trade secret as a further inducement to get my sorry ass out of the business.
Your jaw would drop if I showed you the list of domains that I was able to secure just by politely - and professionally - asking. Just called, expressing an interest in a domain over the phone to someone who had given up on their plans.
Oh, damn! Now there will be even more people succeeding at domain catching. Why, it's just going to be impossible to compete any more.
Hey. Wait..... That means it's increasinly fruitless for me to even try. Sooooo, give it up Jeff. Just give it up.
Happy domaining. Let me know if my little piece of trade secret advice does the trick for you. If it does I'll let you in on another secret: I gladly accept restaurant gift certificates as expressions of gratitude ;-)
I'm a newbie on this forum and domain buying (if you don't consider buying a few domains in 1997 for my company a big hit).
I've tried several times to purchase domains over the phone/admin contact and had no luck. My thinking is that for domains that are to expire soon and are NICHE domains (i.e. no big competition), you worst competitor is the present owner so it's best to lay low and wait :)
For high-profile domains, the phone/email seems like a good option but I guess the big guys do it better. And why not? They have much better leverage on the selling price (consider BuyDomains.com) so they can afford to close the deal quickly and move on. As this goes on ther corporate account (vs. your maxed out Visa :), they are not emotional about it either.
I bought 8 .coms yesterday.
heebay.com is one!
Okay - so I've got March Madness and Domain Fever. I can't sleep. I can't eat. And I don't really like Dick Vital.
hmmm... domaindandies.com... How many domains can I register before the first tip-off?