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    How do I go about selling my 20 year-old domain name?

    I purchased a domain name in Australia back in 1999/2000 when I started a company there.

    It is a high-level .com domain.

    I was importing trailers from the Erde company in France, they sent us a 40ft container of 12 year old tyres for our trailers and we had a falling out.

    They owe me about A$80,000 I know I won't get anything like that for it.........

    How do I go about selling this domain? Anyone had any experience with it on here?

    There are a lot of sharks out there in this area I know.

    Cheers Tony.
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    Re: How do I go about selling my 20 year-old domain name?

    Start by asking your registrar what is required for them to transfer the domain.

    Then, as with anything else one wants to sell, use your network or advertise it. Are there other dealers of that brand? Would Erde be interested in buying it for a decent price despite the fact that you had a falling out?
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    Re: How do I go about selling my 20 year-old domain name?

    Quote Originally Posted by QIII View Post
    Start by asking your registrar what is required for them to transfer the domain.

    Then, as with anything else one wants to sell, use your network or advertise it. Are there other dealers of that brand? Would Erde be interested in buying it for a decent price despite the fact that you had a falling out?
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    Thanks for the reply. The original registrar has long since been gobbled up and re-gobbled about three times. Every time I get notified of the changes and there are a zillion A4 pages of gobbledegook to read through with all their new terms and conditions. Frankly I have no idea what registrar I'm with now anyway.

    Erde have seen a few changes at the top management recently so they may possibly be more amenable to sensible discussions, I think that may be my first step.

    There are many dealers and "brokers" out there who sell domains but as I said in my original post, that pond is full of piranhas.

    As for my own networks, after I had a medical incident in 2012 I retired and have been out of the loop too long. Ebay and Amazon et al are not appropriate, it really needs a specialist site.

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    Re: How do I go about selling my 20 year-old domain name?

    Do you aim world wide or would you limit the same to Australia? If the latter, Facebook adverts may be an option.
    No-matter what you do, an agent will always either cost you money or take 50-80% of the sale value... So, you might as well do the trading advents yourself!
    It's an interesting experience!

    Registrars usually don't charge for changing the owner, but also, maybe yours do so ... make sure to know the case in your situation!

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    Re: How do I go about selling my 20 year-old domain name?

    @af-crm
    Thanks for your response. No I won't limit it to Australia. I have heard many horror stories about agent rip-offs so I will try myself, but I have no idea how to go about it.

    I will check with the registrar to see what their policy is.

    Cheers Tony.
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    Re: How do I go about selling my 20 year-old domain name?

    is this a .au domain or one of .com or .net or .org? how many letters up to the dot?
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    Re: How do I go about selling my 20 year-old domain name?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skaperen View Post
    is this a .au domain or one of .com or .net or .org? how many letters up to the dot?
    @Skaperen - Thanks for response. It s a .com the domain is erdetrailers.com I first registered it in about 1999 when I set up my trailer factory in Perth.

    We imported trailers from the erde company in France, and at one time had a joint venture with them in Paramatta Sydney. We noe deal with Trigano/Trelgo.

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    Re: How do I go about selling my 20 year-old domain name?

    Quote Originally Posted by vidtek View Post
    Frankly I have no idea what registrar I'm with now anyway.
    The whois tool might tell you. It might not be installed by default (... so you need to install it first ...) or you could use one of the browser-based online versions.

    Let's say I wanted to find out who the registrar of "oracle.com" is:

    Code:
    ~ > whois oracle.com
    
       Domain Name: ORACLE.COM
       Registry Domain ID: 607513_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
       Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.markmonitor.com
       Registrar URL: http://www.markmonitor.com
       Updated Date: 2020-10-30T09:28:03Z
       Creation Date: 1988-12-02T05:00:00Z
       Registry Expiry Date: 2021-12-01T05:00:00Z
       Registrar: MarkMonitor Inc.
       Registrar IANA ID: 292
       Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abusecomplaints@markmonitor.com
       Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.2083895740
    
    (... tons of more output cut off ...)
    I am pretty sure it should work with your domain too. So even if your original registrar was sold a million times you should still be able to find out who the current registrar is.

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    Re: How do I go about selling my 20 year-old domain name?

    Quote Originally Posted by scorp123 View Post
    The whois tool might tell you. It might not be installed by default (... so you need to install it first ...) or you could use one of the browser-based online versions.

    Let's say I wanted to find out who the registrar of "oracle.com" is:

    Code:
    ~ > whois oracle.com
    
       Domain Name: ORACLE.COM
       Registry Domain ID: 607513_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
       Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.markmonitor.com
       Registrar URL: http://www.markmonitor.com
       Updated Date: 2020-10-30T09:28:03Z
       Creation Date: 1988-12-02T05:00:00Z
       Registry Expiry Date: 2021-12-01T05:00:00Z
       Registrar: MarkMonitor Inc.
       Registrar IANA ID: 292
       Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abusecomplaints@markmonitor.com
       Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.2083895740
    
    (... tons of more output cut off ...)
    I am pretty sure it should work with your domain too. So even if your original registrar was sold a million times you should still be able to find out who the current registrar is.
    Scorp- Hey I knew all this stuff once upon a time....don't get old - I did my classroom stuff when I was 50 yrs old for 3 years full-time back in 1999, I don't remember a hundredth of it now.
    Thank you for reminding me, Tony
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    Re: How do I go about selling my 20 year-old domain name?

    maybe Erde would buy it. or maybe they would invoke legal terms to just take it from you. the place to ask about that would be the circleid.com forum.
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