Which registrar is the best for flipping domains?

Labeled as question in Domain Buying and Selling Discussion, started by BigMartin, Mar 1, 2021


  1. BigMartin

    BigMartin New Member

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    I'm new to buying and selling domains and I don't really know there are some registrar that makes buying/selling domains easier.
    If you have experience with some good domain registrars I would really appreciate to know them.

    Thank you
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  2. twiki

    twiki Top Contributor VIP Gold Account

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    Dynadot from me, hands down.

    Integration with both Afternic fast transfer and SedoMLS, good pricing, and internal marketplace is very good for sales, especially clearances.
  3. Bannen

    Bannen Don't say Huh? too much; pretend you understand. VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    You mentioned the word 'flipping' in your title, and flipping infers 'speed and ease of transaction', so I will respond to that word and say that Godaddy has been by far the best registrar for my domain flipping. They are not my favorite registrar (in fact, I have a lot of complaints/ issues about them), actually only one thing really pushes them into my top choice:

    They are the largest and best-known registrar in the world to end users.

    When I flip domains (flipping technically means selling quickly, shortly after you buy or reg the domain), it is all about making things easy (and understandable!) to the end user buyer. Having to say something like "this domain is still in the 60 day transfer lock, you'll have to wait 52 more days until that is lifted before I can transfer it to your registrar"... well, you might as well just hit the buyer over the head with a stick and cancel the deal. Since almost every end user buyer I've sold to has a Godaddy account, and since a Godaddy-regged domain qualifies for Afternic Fast Transfer and shows up on dozens of other registrars when people search those for identical/similar terms, it's simply the easiest bet for flipping to end users.

    If you're flipping to other domainers, registrar doesn't matter quite as much; most of us have accounts at many different registrars (I currently stick to four, but have had accounts at another dozen or so registrars over the years). Pick any decent registrar and go for it. Avoid the worst ones, as they make pushes, transfers etc very difficult, and also your domain security and tech help at the poor registrars can be in serious question. You can read about most well-known registrars (the best and the worst) in the registrar reviews area here.

    In short, and in my experience:
    Best domain registrar for flipping to end users: Godaddy (not the best registrar, just the best for flipping to end users because most end users have an account there)

    For flipping to other resellers: registrar doesn't matter, as long as it's a decent one. There are a few registrars that are so bad, we won't even buy a domain from someone if it means trying to transfer their domain from that registrar; we'll insist they transfer it out themselves, to their account at a better registrar, and then transfer it to us from that second registrar.

    Welcome to Namepros. Do a lot of reading and studying, before you dive into domain investing/flipping. It's easy to lose all your money right in the beginning... and the beginning is when you have the least knowledge and make the most mistakes. Save your money until you have a better amount of knowledge and some kind of plan for what kinds of names to invest in and how best to possibly sell them.

    Listen to everything we say, then make your own decisions. I gave you my own experience above, but it may differ greatly from others' experiences, so listen to everyone and pick out what seems to make sense and maybe work for you.

    Good luck!
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2021
  4. BigMartin

    BigMartin New Member

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    Thank you for your detailed answer, I already thought about using Godaddy since they're famous because of their good marketing. I'm still going to read some post from the forum to get an idea about the whole buying/selling domains idea.
    I just wanted to ask you about the domain privacy protection, do you add it when you buy a Domain name or it is something that is important ?

  5. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Top Member NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

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    The buying and selling is often, not always, separate from the registrar. One usually uses one of the main marketplaces, a brandable marketplace, your own web hosted place, a service for creating a personal marketplace and landers, etc. to sell. It does not matter much where your domain is registered at.

    Now most of the registrars do have their own marketplaces, some better than others, and this provides a super simple place to sell and transfer names. It is hard to know the fraction of the total market these have. GD is the biggest, almost certainly, of the registrar marketplaces. Still, I think most domainers do not use that as the only place they seek to sell domain names.

    One place that the registrar matters is the two main registration streams, Sedo and Afternic, allow fast transfer and premium network coverage only for domain names registered at certain registrars. If you plan to use those networks this is, in my opinion, an important consideration.


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