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advice Is it ok to ask a domain broker if a seller would trade their domain?

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BrandBreath

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Here's my situation:

There is a domain that I am interested in building out an ecom business on and would rather trade some domains in my portfolio than pay end-user pricing for it. The WhoIs is private and the only way to get ahold of them is through their Uniregistry or GoDaddy broker. Is it completely out of line for me to ask the brokers if the seller would be interested in a domain exchange (or part cash, part domain exchange?)

If anyone has any advice, I would greatly appreciate it as I have never approached someone about a name trade before.

Thanks!
 
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karmaco

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Absolutely not. I doubt you would even get a response. This isn’t a barter system. We sell domains for money. Its almost insulting.
 

bmugford

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I don't think those brokers are equipped to handle a deal involving a trade, plus it is highly unlikely the owner would be interested.

Brad
 

AEProgram

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If you want an honest answer post the domain you would like to offer them and the value you are applying to it. Even without knowing the other details such as the name you want and the price, it will give more info.
 
Personally: If I should agree to a bartering like this the domain had to clearly seem 'sellable' for a significantly higher amount than the buyer is offering, just to compensate the general risk of taking a domain instead of money.
 
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LoveCatchyDomains

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For many domains, even if privacy is enabled, they do have a mechanism for sending a message to them? In GoDaddy, there is a check box that indicates when messages should be forwarded. So, if an owner has enabled the messaging, that could be the first try.

Keep in mind that if you try to use a domain broker, they do expect to get paid regardless. So if asking for a barter is likely to be futile, you may want to reconsider the strategy.
 

lock

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Chances are every name offered won't compare to what broker has access to. Eg Nobodywants20ofyourlongnames.com for word.com
I can warn you off as there are so many problems eg: If one name of a portfolio trade has an error that is a cause for problem as now that is the name they need.
 
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BrandBreath

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Absolutely not. I doubt you would even get a response. This isn’t a barter system. We sell domains for money. Its almost insulting.
Ok. That's why I asked before reaching out.