Best Places to Buy Domains

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Websites need short, catchy and relevant domain names. Businesses often buy up several domain names that relate to their companies or services in order to block potential confusion with another company. But buying up domain names can be expensive, and sometimes the good top-level domains that you want can be difficult to find.

Snap Names

  • Snap Names not only sells domain names but also holds auctions so you can place your bid and take a chance on a name you may not be able to afford otherwise. You can also sell domain names via Snap Names. According to the company, they add tens of thousands of domain names every day. You can search all domains with an advanced search, but you can also cull through the auction lists according to geography, most active auctions, auctions beginning or ending soon, or the top categories. You can also subscribe to any of these features get an auction list sent to your email.

Network Solutions

  • Network Solutions may be the granddaddy of domain name sellers. Founded in 1979 as a technology company, domain name sales are now the most important part of their business. In 1993, Network Solutions got the first-ever government contract to assign domain names. The company also offers web hosting, email addresses, website design and online marketing services. Network Solutions has won numerous awards for business excellence and customer service, such as the American Business Award in 2006 and 2007 and the SNCR Excellence in New Communications Award in 2008.

Sedo

  • Sedo bills itself as a domain name marketplace more than as a seller because it allows customers to not only purchase names but also to park them and sell them. Sedo lets you browse domains and make an offer to the seller. There are also numerous auctions where you can place bids, and if none of that works you can take advantage of Sedo’s brokerage assistance. You can browse entire auctions or just search by keyword or category. Auctions take bids in both US dollars and Euros.

Pool

  • Pool specializes in selling domain names that are about to be deleted, allowing them to go to the fastest buyer or the highest bidder. You can sign up for Pool’s email notification service, which will tell you when a domain name you are looking for becomes available. You can also backorder domain names, and Pool will let you know when that domain becomes available for you to buy. There’s no charge for this until the name goes on sale. If more than one person orders the same domain, it goes into a quick auction, with the winner being the highest bidder. Pool also holds auctions and lets members sell their own domain names.

    You can search Pool by domain extension, so if you are only interested in domains ending in .com or with a geographic extension such as .ca or .co.uk, you can narrow them down.

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