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  1. #1

    Exclamation buying a preowned domain

    hello friends, i have no background about domain names. i am planing to buy a domain name already owned by a someone. can you guys tell me what are the things that i should be carefull about. how can i make sure that when he sells the domain i will become the owner and he doesn' cheat me anyway. eagerly waiting your replies.

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    he must change the emails contact , technical, info and others with your information....

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    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    longboat key, fl
    Once the domain name registrant info has been changed, make sure you have a working user name/pass word to access the management area. Once you have this, change your user name and password . . .


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    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    The OC
    Welcome to the forum, babyboy.

    Like any web-based transaction it's best to know who you are dealing with. I mean, how do you even know that the person you are dealing with is the owner of the domain. Just because I may have a corporate sounding email address for ... say ..., doesn't mean that I own the domain name.

    On the other hand, I have purchased lots and lots of domain names for $25 to $400 where I just sent the money and hoped and prayed. And I've only been screwed about 2% of the time - so that's not bad. (Curiously, on the cheaper domains. )

    Obviously, if you are buying the domain for a lot of money (like $10,000), you would want to use the services of an escrow company like or to insure your investment.

    But basically, the seller unlocks the domain at their registrar, and the buyer initiates a transfer from their registrar (paying for an additional years registration to the registrar for the transfer). Or, many registrars, like Enom, allow the name to be "pushed" by the seller into the buyer's account for no fee (since it is all internal).

    Then, like empresasdehosting suggested, you need to change the whois contact information immediately and LOCK the domain to prevent it being transferred away from you. Whatever you do... NEVER get talked into releasing YOUR account login details to anyone (like the seller claiming he needs the info to initiate transfer) or you may end up losing ALL your domains.

    If you plan on buying just a few domains, you might checkout .

    FYI ... I've bought some great domains over the years down in the advertising section right here on WHT. You also might search for an available domain. I can usually find a decent domain name for almost any business in thirty days if I look at the expired lists on ; the expiring lists on ; the namespinner on ; and sometimes (though not too often)

    Good Luck!
    You may delay, but time will not. --- Benjamin Franklin

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    Kathmandu, Nepal
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