My article yesterday morning about finding a domain owner begs the question, “why don’t you contact the hosting company and ask them to put you in touch with the domain owner?” Nobody asked this question, but I’ll address it because it covers an interesting topic.
When I am trying to buy or sell a domain owner (buy in this case), I don’t want an intermediary unless I select the intermediary, such as a domain buyer broker. I want to
There are three important reasons why I don’t want to engage a hosting company, web developer, or someone else whose name is listed as the Whois contact but is not the owner:
1) If the contact person has control over the domain name but is unfamiliar with domain name values, I do not want to give him a reason to take possession of the domain name. Perhaps he was holding it in the name of a client or there is some other reason the Whois record is showing this person as the contact, but I don’t want to give them a reason to purchase, steal, repossess, or otherwise take control of the domain name.
2) I don’t want to pay an intermediary a brokerage fee. Whether a person is a domain broker or not, if they are tasked with passing an offer along or sharing an offer
3) I don’t want to rely on a third party to contact the domain owner on my behalf. There may not be any incentive for the third party to get in the middle of the transaction, and they may not pass my email along. If I hope the contact passes the email offer along and they don’t, I might not know where I stand. I may drop the name off my acquisition target list unnecessarily if I don’t hear back.