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Have secured the purchase of a domain

But how do i do it?

7:08 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Firstly, i hope one day to be able to give to webmasterworld what i am getting out of it, for the moment , I learn.

I have just agreed a price for a domain name and I want to transfer it to my name. I contacted the registrar of the domain and they told me that they would send out a form to me to complete in writing and send back in. A similar document would be sent to the current owner who had to send it in along with a copy of photo id . Then the transfer would be complete. This seems odd to me , and potentially insecure, both for me and any owner who uses register.com ( who incidentally cant lock domains ). Its also slow.

Potential course of action.

When i asked was it possible for a domain owner to transfer the registration to another domain registrar , they outlined a process i would be vaguely familiar with .. sending the admin contact an email asking if he accepted the transfer. This seems more secure and faster.
I would set up an acount for the current owner with my registrar. Get him to make a registrar change request to this registrar. My registrar then has a simple process for making a transfer internally amongst its clients.

I trust the person i am dealing with for the acquisition more than the registrar in this instance.

Would anybody have any advice on this matter or thoughts on my course of action?

7:44 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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If I were in your shoes, I'd probably go for option 2. But to strengthen it, I'd put it
in writing with the current owner to transfer it to my name and receive payment
once done.
9:41 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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You could also use an escrow service. sedo and escrow.com have them, among others. The transaction fees are pretty minimal. That would ensure you don't pay until you get control of the domain.