Remove Dormant Sale Listings

This morning, I was confirming a Whois update on a domain name I bought, and I saw the  “for sale” graphic on the DomainTools Whois lookup page. I clicked through, and I saw that the domain name was listed for sale at Sedo. To remove this domain name from Sedo, I contacted security@sedo.com, and they took it down right away.

It is important for domain owners to remove listings after they sell a domain name, and it is also important to make sure recently acquired domain names aren’t listed for sale in someone else’s account. I regularly forget to see if domain names I bought are listed for sale, but I should be more vigilant about it.

In the case of the domain name I bought, a former owner had a minimum offer price well below the number at which I would sell the domain name. It was not a buy it now price, but I would imagine that some people could easily get confused and assume that is the price to buy the domain name. I wouldn’t want a prospective buyer to think it would be possible to buy the domain name for that price, especially if he thinks I raised the price after he inquired about. In addition, I wouldn’t want a prospect to continue to make offers for the domain name via Sedo when I wouldn’t even receive those offer emails. Finally, if I wasn’t planning to sell the domain name, I wouldn’t want to give anyone the impression that I was looking to sell it.

As someone who buys domain names, I also find these dormant listings to be annoying. On more than one occasion, I have purchased a domain name from a major aftermarket website only to have the deal canceled because the seller no longer owns the domain name. It is frustrating to find a deal, send in my payment, and then have the deal canceled a short time later because of an error like this.

I wish there was more ongoing ownership verification at the major aftermarket platforms. Since that does not appear to be the case on a regular basis, it is important for domain owners to remove their listings either upon the successful sale of a domain name or when they purchase a domain name privately.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of DomainInvesting.com. Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has closed eight figures in deals. Please read the DomainInvesting.com Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest. Reach out to Elliot: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn
  1. Being a new domain owner and buyer I enjoyed the article for its great tips. I will make sure to check all future purchases to avoid some of these issues.

  2. What a helpful post, and timely for me too. I just discovered that a recent acquisition of mine also has a legacy listing on Sedo, and at a price lower than my mark to boot. Big thanks for your blog from someone who’s recently taken to binge-reading it.

  3. I disagree, I think this should be fully automated. When a domain changes registrant Sedo or DomainTools should remove listings automatically. Sedo has more control to implement this on their side by sending a reopt-in email to the person that listed it.

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