Domainnamesoutlet.com Review: Domainnamesoutlet.com tries to sell expired domain names to users who own the domain names with the same words but with a different domain name extension at a very high price. Domain Names Outlet does not own the domain name that they are trying to sell you. The domain that they are trying to sell you is in expired domain auctions and you can purchase it directly from the registrar at a normal rate. They scam people by emailing them that their desired domain name is available and they own them. When people pay a very high amount, they buy it from the auctions and transfer it to the customer.
Did you receive an email from domainnamesoutlet.com who tried to sell you a domain at a very high price?
I received the same email, too.
I even clicked on their link and was redirected to their site where I got suspicious and started digging on the internet for more information.
Why did I receive an email from domainnamesoutlet.com?
Some days back, I thought of a great niche that I would like to start a website of.
If you are a blogger or an aspiring blogger, you know how hard it is to get an exact match domain or domain that you first think will be right for your blog.
If you don’t know, let me assure you it is pretty hard to get a desired domain and that too with a .com extension.
Why a .com? A .com is considered good while building a site and it does have many of its own perks.
The chances of you getting your desired domain with a .com extension are very very less.
Now, when I searched for my desired domain, the .com version of it was already registered by someone else.
And I did a typical thing that everyone does in such situations. I registered a .net version.
One important thing to take into notice here is that I didn’t opt for privacy protection as at that time I didn’t have much knowledge of its importance and thought it was an unnecessary expense.
Summary: I registered a .net version of my desired domain as .com was registered by someone else.
What did domainnamesoutlet.com offer?
A couple of days back I received an email from domainnamesoutlet.com saying that they own the .com version of the domain that I owned. I was happy and was shocked when I saw the price.
They were selling it for $149.
Their email read: We are selling the domain (my domain).com. Since you already own (my domain).net if you would like the more popular version we are making it available to you. The one time cost is just $149. That includes a year of registration and transfer of full ownership to you. Our domain transfer process is quick and easy. To purchase or to learn more go to:http://www.domainnamesoutlet.com/ck.php?domain=(my domain).com. We respect your privacy. Unless you respond we will not contact you again.Thank you for your time and consideration.
Is Domain Names Outlet legit?
I was still ready to purchase the domain name for $149. I clicked on their link and it redirected me to their website. There it was mentioned I was making an order for $149 to get the domain with .com extension.
But I had a feeling something was not right. I started searching Google for reviews of this website.
And it came across me that this site is a fraud.
Yes, it is a fraud.
When I read the reviews I was came to know it is fraud and was also happy that I was not looted by this people.
But then I also had an itch to dig deeper. Then I went to different registrars and started searching for .com domain that they offered to sell me for $149.
When I searched on GoDaddy, the domain name was already expired and was in expired domain auctions.
A domain enters an expired domain auction when the current owner of the domain fails to renew the domain. When the domain is in expired domain auction, anyone can bid and take custody of the domain name.
When I clicked on buy now, GoDaddy showed me that I can purchase the domain name directly by paying $15.
That was really cheap and reasonable considering the $149 offer given to me by domain names outlet.
Domain names outlet was literally planning to take $149 from me first, then purchase the domain name from GoDaddy auctions and then transfer the domain to me.
How does domainnamesoutlet.com work?
Domainnamesoutlet.com resells the domain names by acquiring them OR before acquiring them.
In my case, they tried to sell me a .com version of my domain at a very high price and they didn’t owned the domain name.
They basically keep an eye on expired domain names and then email people who own the domain name with the same initials but with different domain extensions (like .net, .org, .info, etc).
I read many reviews where domainnamesoutlet.com tried to sell users their own expired domain names at a very high price.
Should you trust domainnamesoutlet.com?
No, you should not trust them. The domain name that they are trying to sell you, is probably not even owned by them and you can get it at a very cheap price at some registrar if you do a little more research.
Try searching the domain name into major registrars directory and you’ll find the domain in some registrars expired domain auction.
But there is one thing that happens good from this scam to Domain Names Outlet’s potential victims.
Those who are able to detect it is a scam, get to know that their desired domain name is available and they can get it from the registrar directly at normal price.
What other way to know this than domainnamesoutlet.com emailing you and letting you know, right.
If you’ve received an email from them, ignore it. Try finding that domain name at various domain registrars site and I’m sure you’ll find it and will be able to purchase it at a normal price.
Best of luck!