And this is what makes me glad that I have a foreign and unique name. Allowed me to easily get iheanyi.com, haha.
Out of curiosity, why didn't you try buying the domain from the original Brad? The hunter?
In general, the owners either do not respond to your inquiry (most common), or they ask for some hilarious price.
He said in the other post he tried that but never got response.
Yikes. I hope I never have to go through this.
Eesh, really glad not to have gone through this.
And the follow up: http://bradfrost.com/blog/link/how-most-people-see-domain-investors/
The other side of the conversation is quite disheartening: http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/how-most-people-see-domain-investors/
Look at the comment section.
Probably DomainNameSales employees or other persons involved with this big scam. All this reeks like there's an underground mafia we never heard about.
Angry at you for making me read these.
You may stab me with your pen tool.
All of the comments like "should have checked obscure listing site b or made a back order on other provider c" scream scam. These people clearly know they're ripping people off and are just angry that not everyone agrees with them.
I guess what needs to happen is designers and developers who wouldn't normally intact with this crowd need to get a bit more involved in the process, maybe someone should write a beginners guide or something similar.
After reading all these comments, the biggest issue that came to my mind was that those people are entirely oblivious about the negative impact they bring to the creators' community, mainly because they themselves aren't largely affected by what they do: They probably never had to worry about securing a domain name for their project/site.
Sure, they claim that they are just doing their "domain brokerage" business, which is totally legal. But, just like any other businesses, some practice certain actions that are less ethical—Seizing and charging domain names for an extra high price evidently falls under this category.
I feel pretty good to have my own domain right now
Wow... what a bunch of scumbags.
These domain names should be regulated just like any other product.
What happened to him borders on extortion.
I've been trying to buy paul.com for years. One day..
The reason I'm at danboland.net and not danboland.com is because the well-named gentleman who owns it refused to even consider selling it to me. It's his right, but the frustrating part is that for years, all he's had on his site is a blank install of Drupal running the Garland theme. Barf.
He can be using it just for email. A lot of people do that.