How to ruin your chances of owning a domain name.

Have you ever wanted to own a great generic domain name, and then thought to yourself, “What is the best way I can totally screw up my chances of owning this domain name?

If so, you may be able to relate to the query I received this morning for a client’s highly generic “dental-industry” domain name by a high-and-mighty “Doctor“;

I understand you have parked this domain name – but are not using it. I would like to register it for my use – please advise, and I’m hoping you aren’t a domain parker/extortionist trying to make money off parking domain names and trying to sell them off.

Dr *** ****, MBBS, FRACGP, FCPCA, DipSkinCancer, MAICD
Principal GP and Managing Director

I’m not certain if my client is interested in selling this domain name or not, but calling him an “extortionist” in the opening query?????

No chance of this going well for the Doctor.

How would you guys respond to this one?

11 thoughts on “How to ruin your chances of owning a domain name.

  • Ed Keay-Smith
    December 2, 2019 at 10:30 am
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    What an A-Hole!

    The price just quadrupled. $$$$

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    December 2, 2019 at 10:37 am
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    The majority of people simply don’t understand domaining so you can understand that from time to time someone feels entitled and are incredulous that YOU dare own the domain that THEY want.

    I find it best to ignore the emotion and keep the process as scientific as possible.

    Just go back with a price and ignore the noise. If you can get the price you (or your client) is happy with to part with the name, they can call you anything they like.

    Sticks and stones…

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      December 3, 2019 at 4:53 am
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      Agreed. Stay professional.

      Not sure why a GP cum Cosmetic doctor wants a dental domain? Swapping professions? Or buying for a friend?

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    December 2, 2019 at 10:48 am
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    I love how he doesn’t offer to buy it, he wants to “register” it for free hahaha

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    December 2, 2019 at 10:48 am
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    I had a guy who wanted to steal a two word surgery related domain from me a while ago (not a biggy name or anything) but his opening move was a letter from a lawyer followed by a complaint to Auda. Needless to say none of his actions worked. Ironically an offer close to what he would have paid his lawyer in money and time might have been enough to buy the name from me in an amicable way. 🙂 Some people just aren’t very clever.

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    December 2, 2019 at 11:44 am
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    I would ignore him.

    And mention his expression of interest to others who might be interested in the domain.

    And then sell it to one of them.

    Then reply to him: “FYI the domain name has now sold in the ___________ range. Best wishes with your small business. Next time show some manners, don’t hide them in your wife’s name.”

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  • Neddy
    December 2, 2019 at 11:44 am
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    I have learnt over the years never to get angry with prospective domain buyers. No one ever wins in that scenario.

    Instead I try and “use the force”. They obviously want the domain, so I use sales evidence, case studies, logic and polite persuasion to try and arrive at a win / win. And I use Domainer articles to back me up!

    Doesn’t always work of course, but I have sold a lot of domains over the years. The best and most satisfying sales are the ones to people who start off like your Doctor, but then end with a domain that is going to benefit them long after the angst has past!

    But if people get too rude (as happens occasionally), then I have the power to simply disengage. And that can also work wonders sometimes.

    P.S. But I’m an old bull; not a young bull! 😀

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      December 3, 2019 at 4:56 am
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      If someone wants a domain badly enough, they tend to come back after venting their spleen.

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    December 2, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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    Define extortion, Einstein? When mine is a legitimate business, I will then tell you more about slander.

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      December 3, 2019 at 7:32 am
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      haha the health sector is full of extortion

      Doctors are the mechanics for the human body, they just go to uni instead of trade school. And just like mechanics half of them are clueless and/or sell you on things you don’t need.

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      December 3, 2019 at 1:45 pm
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      A guy wants a generic domain name.

      He INITIATES interest in “having the name for free” and then claims someone may be extorting him?

      Crazy-town.

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