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|Somebody else owns my domain name, what should I do? (also covers premium domain names)|
Your issue fits into one of the below scenarios:-
First things first; is the domain name already registered?
Check if the domain name you want is already registered or not. Please click here for our acticle which explains how to check if a domain name is registered
Domain names, eg "mycompanyname.com" are registered for a specific period, eg 1 or 2 years. If a domain name is not registered (eg nobody has bought it before) then it is a "free for all" and anybody can buy it through an official domain name registrar (like us!). Any domain names that have not been bought by somebody else already we should be able to register for you. So if you want "mydomainname.com" or "lovelycompanyname.co.uk" and nobody owns it already then we can register it for you.
If a domain name is already owned by somebody else, but they have merely bought it for the purposes of reselling it, then it is usually referred to as a "premium domain name". See below.
What is a premium domain name?
A premium domain name is a domain name that has already been registered by somebody else, and that person/organisation is listing that domain name for sale.
Usually the price they want for that domain name is far greater than the standard registration cost. eg, even if you can register a domain name for £19.99, if somebody has already registered that domain name and they want to resell it, then they can request whatever price they want, even if that is £10,000
Is the domain name being used?
Is the domain name you want actively being used by another company? eg if you visit the domain name in a web browser (such as by typing www.thedomainnameyouwant.com into the address bar of a browser) does it come up with an active website?
Can you get this domain name for me?
No. There is no "magic wand". If a domain name is already registered by somebody else, we are powerless to get that domain name for you. All you can do is buy it from the person (or company) that is listing it for sale (IF they want to sell it).
We can not negotiate or mediate for you with regards to premium domain names (eg domain names that are already registered).
The price being asked for a domain name is really high, what can I do?
All we can suggest is that you try and negotiate with the seller.
We are unable to negotiate for you and as the seller owns the domain name (rather than us) we can not make them sell it any cheaper.
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