Sedo Removes Listings No Longer Owned By Seller

One frustration people face in the domain investment space is buying domain names on various marketplaces that are no longer owned by the seller. It is annoying when it happens, especially if payment is submitted immediately on a buy it now listing and the seller does not respond while the marketplace attempts to finalize the deal.

Based on an email I received from Sedo this morning, it looks like they do have protocols in place to remove listings no longer owned by the seller. The domain name that is the subject of the email is one that I must have bid on quite some time ago (I can’t even find a record of it). I have not inquired about the domain name recently, and I didn’t do anything that would have caused this email.

It is good to see that Sedo does remove listings that are no longer valid. I am unsure of how regularly invalid listings are removed, and I am unsure of what prompted this email today. It is frustrating to deal with a situation where a seller doesn’t own a domain name anymore but the listing had not been removed, and I am glad to see that Sedo is doing something about it.

Here’s the email I received with the domain name redacted.

Dear Elliot,

Thank you for your recent bid on the domain name [Redacted].com.

It has been brought to Sedo’s attention that the seller who has listed [Redacted].com for sale is no longer in fact the registered owner. Therefore, Sedo has no choice but to cancel your bid for [Redacted].com and remove the listing from Sedo’s site and services.

While we apologize for any inconvenience, we would like to invite you to browse the Sedo marketplace for a suitable alternative.

If you would like to continue to pursue the acquisition of [Redacted].com, our brokerage team would be happy to try to reach out to the current owner, to find out if the domain is for sale. To make a brokerage request, please visit

Best Regards,

Your Sedo Team

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
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  1. Yes,

    They have been doing this at least since 2007. I get them all the time because I forget to remove the domains I’ve sold. I imagine keeping up with all the people that list and leave it listed is a tough job

  2. I have about 1600 domains at Sedo. They just started this (for me anyway) a few months ago. I think it’s great they do this – although I can’t detect any kind of schedule for it. It’s difficult to remember to delete domains that sell when they are listed at several aftermarkets.

  3. They still need to do a lot of work in removing a large number of listed domain names that have since changed ownership. I just went back to check one of my domains that was purchased long ago via the aftermarket. It is still listed on SEDO, which automatically lists it at TDNAM (GoDaddy). Talk about annoying!

    • I’m not quite sure what methods they’ve implemented to remove listings that are no longer authorized, but they certainly seem to be insufficient. They’re often criticized for this, which is why it’s nice to hear that they’re at least making some effort to remove domains that have since changed hands. It wouldn’t be all that difficult for them to monitor WHOIS records, or at least associated nameservers. My guess is that they only remove a domain if the new owner complains.

  4. The only thing that happened was that the real domain owner had to go out of his way to get his domain removed from Sedo, and then you get those emails. Don’t give credit to Sedo for something they are not doing. They are not trying to find incorrect listings at all.

  5. Will Sedo remove the listing only AFTER:
    1) you try to bid on the domain o
    2) you send them an email?

    If so, it is disappointing.

    I was trying to add today my domain only to find out, that my domain is already listed with unlawful “owner”!

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