Since I often receive email inquiries from Hotmail and Gmail addresses, I assume there are many domain investors who use these free email services to buy and sell domain names. I have had a hotmail account for a number of years, and I noticed a banner advertising alias accounts at Hotmail.
According to Hotmail, “Some people like to use multiple addresses for different things. For example, you might use one address for a job search and a different one for online shopping. That way, messages sent to those addresses can be kept in a separate folder.” I think this could be useful when you want to purchase domain names, and I will explain below.
Let’s say I want to buy DomainInvesting.com, and I don’t know the owner (this is just an example). Assuming it’s someone involved in the domain industry, I wouldn’t necessarily want him to know that I am buying it, since that could increase the asking price. By using an alias in my hotmail account, I can contact the person anonymously.
I am sure many people use aliases when they want to buy a domain name, but instead of having to maintain different logins and passwords, this particular service allows someone to maintain different email addresses from one single account. Keep in mind that the seller will likely learn your identity when using an escrow service, but I am sure there are ways around that.
I don’t recommend being dishonest when buying a domain name, but it’s never good to pay much more for a domain name based on who you are. As a seller, I don’t feel that way, but this is about buying and not selling!
What other tactics are you willing to share? What are your thoughts on using an alias?