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Getting Great Deals on Domain Names


After I posted an article on my blog listing three types of domain names I am looking to buy, a couple people commented that there was no way I would be able to find those types of domain names for sale at the prices I needed. I deleted all comments on that post because it was a special request and not a discussion, but I do want to discuss the idea of getting great deals on domain names.

It is very infrequent that I read DN Journal’s weekly sales report and don’t see a great deal for a domain name. Some weeks there is more than one great deal listed that I almost certainly would have jumped on if given the opportunity. For instance, looking at this past week’s sales report, Sedo’s reported sale of at $4,500 seems like a great deal to me, and I might have bought the name because game used sports memorabilia is a huge business, and some companies make millions of dollars selling it annually.

It may be difficult to find great deals, but they are out there. At any given time, there might be dozens or even hundreds of exceptional deals just sitting on platforms like Sedo, Afternic,, and various brokers’ newsletters. There are countless more domain owners who would be happy to sell their valuable domain names at reasonable prices.

The challenge is doing the research to find these great deals. You need to scour the aftermarket platforms, searching through millions of domain names that are for sale, and in conjunction with that, you also need to engage brokers to negotiate better prices. In addition, you need to send out many emails to domain owners with a compelling enough email to get them to give you a price. Oftentimes that means making a reasonable offer for the domain name, which is something most people don’t (know how / or feel comfortable enough to) do. It is a time consuming process.

When I posted my article about buying domain names, I knew it would likely lead to an influx of spam offers that didn’t meet the requirements I clearly laid out. However, I figured it would be worth the extra email if the post produced one solid lead on a domain deal.

About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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Comments (14)

    Game Used has 210 exact global matches per month.

    August 12th, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Elliot Silver

      Don’t even care… it’s a competitive niche in a highly collectible business. I think it’s a $10-20k name.

      Don’t get caught up on the numbers. Frankly, my requirements were listed to help cut down on spam not because they are so rigid.

      August 12th, 2013 at 11:12 am


    Everybody has to remember also that .com real estate has been bought up. It’s never coming back again. The domain market just keeps going up.

    August 12th, 2013 at 11:28 am


    What can you suggest to someone that wants a .com, but cannot buy it because it is a rare extension and you cannot replicate it… but you still want it?

    August 12th, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Elliot Silver

      I don’t think I follow. What do you mean ” it is a rare extension and you cannot replicate it”?

      August 12th, 2013 at 11:56 am


    Buy the .co and save the money. .co stands for company and startups.

    Dot com going down. LOL.

    August 12th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    John Harrison

    Did you manage to acquire any names under your terms, Elliot?

    August 12th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Elliot Silver

      Just closed one deal this morning (via Rich Green at Afternic), but I am going to keep it private. I don’t share purchase prices and don’t want anyone to speculate about which name I bought at what price.

      I am also in discussions on two other names.

      August 12th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    John Harrison

    Absolutely, I just wondered if your post had worked and it obviously did so good shout!

    August 12th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Elliot Silver

      Was hoping for more buys, but it cost me nothing to post except my time 🙂

      August 12th, 2013 at 12:52 pm


    Way to go Elliot. All the best.

    August 12th, 2013 at 1:35 pm


    Let me know if you are interested in my domain name or any other domains I own.

    August 12th, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Bella Belle

    Thanks for pointing out that great deals are there for the looking… just had to spend the time to loo or at least be creative.

    August 18th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

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