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First experience, best experience using Epik.com escrow

Hello everyone,

I’m very excited to share my new escrow experience which happened with Epik Escrow and it was outstanding and the service provided was out of the way!

I used their service twice in this month and the domains I acquired, some were from the recent acquisitions I shared.

After reading lot of feedback from domain investors at NamePros and was asked by Rob Monster (Epik owner) to try out their escrow service which I promised to try in near future when doing any private deal.

I’d a good conversation with Rob over Skype and asked several questions to clarify my doubts before giving a try and I was made fully satisfied.


When I initiated my first escrow transaction with Epik, I wanted to make payment via PayPal which I did by adding 4% PayPal fee. I’m sure many of you guys are aware that PayPal fee varies depending on the countries so in my case, the cost went little high due to which Epik received less than what they should’ve got. I mean they received less than what domain seller was suppose to receive NET amount. The surprising thing was Rob not only waived the escrow fee but the balance amount was also waived as as gift for me!

It was not the amount or escrow fee waived which made me happy because for both parties that’s just a small amount but the best thing was a good gesture shown by the owner of Epik who got actively involved personally in this transaction and he just wanted the transaction to close smoothly. You also get support which is not conventional and have team members from many different time zones so you don’t have to worry about it.

I was very impressed and did another transaction in next few days and this time added more 5% of PayPal fee which gave them only the NET amount which seller was suppose to receive and again no complaints by Epik!

Though I’ve moral responsibilities on myself and cannot leave it like that and asked him to clarify how much exactly % I’ve to add for future transactions so Epik can receive full amount including escrow fee so I was made aware that I’ll have to pay 6.5% in future if paying via PayPal (service). Since I don’t have friend and family option.

I would strongly recommend everyone to use their escrow service. I’m sure the regular readers know that I’m not saying because I received a token from Rob and this is also not a paid post as that’s not the way I operate my blog. But someone giving you outstanding service and asking nothing in return is the best thing you can get from any person. This rare quality really impressed me the most.

Feel free to share your experience(s) with Epik escrow and let others know.

Recent past domain acquisitions

Hello everyone,

My last acquisition post was published in May 2018 and it was surprising to see how quickly time flies. So let’s share some of the recent past acquisitions in the last few months.

I think the only hand registered domain of 2018 I purchased was Imagina.co.uk – Sometimes fellow domainers ask how much I focus on hand reg names, so here is the answer 😉

EJH.com – This is my second 3L .com purchase after GRO.com and this is very special acquisition. I know they’re random letters but the special thing is the story behind this acquisition. I actually acquired this domain from a fellow domain investor Insha Zahid @NetworkPearl. He’s currently living in Pakistan and as many of you know that I’ve shifted last year from Pakistan to Malaysia. We discussed and negotiated for this domain and eventually agreed upon certain price.

Insha transferred the domain to me first before the funds were transferred to his bank account. The best thing was that he trusted in me and transferred the domain for which I wanted to mention his name and the detail of this transaction publicly. He’s great guy to deal with and everything went super smooth. I would love to do more business with him in future.

ZADS.com, TTAG.com, GSIH.com, PSLX.com, XCLR.com, PIDR.com, TCLH.com, MSTK.com – I wonder if there is any acquisition post I shared without the 4L .com domains. LOL

BinaryForex.com, BinaryTrader.com – They’re very clear to understand so nothing much to explain but wanted to share anyway.

TheNight.com, ThePodium.com, TheCutting.com, TheCaption.com, TheReed.com – I’m always inclined towards buying “The” keyword domains and they do pretty well. I see them as great brands if you pick with the right keywords. One of the above domain acquisition took almost a year.

CrowdSourced.com, CrowdFunded.com – Crowd is hot keyword and so are these two acquisitions. I really like these 2 domains which perfect fits with “crowd” keyword.

Logixs.com – Such highly brandable domain can be used in many niches.

BlueSolutions.com – “Blue” keyword is always in demand and so is “solutions”. Both together can always make a great brand.

InCity.com – I love to buy such highly brandable domains which can be used for let’s say logistics, properties, residences, news journal, media, travel, etc.

MedicalInnovation.com – Top domain related to medical innovation, medical advancement, journal, etc.

SeedTech.com – A great tech related domain which can be widely used in many different sectors especially technology related.

Earlscourt.com – I admit of not a big fan of geo domains but sometimes I can’t leave a good opportunity coming my way.

PrimeShine.com – Realestate, car wash, laundry, flooring, etc.

UniPet.com – Top brandable domain for pet industry.

Customs.CO, Simplex.CO, HCE.CO – Not many .CO acquisitions mainly because the purchase and carrying cost got lot higher than in past. Because .CO registry labelled many domains as premium and priced it higher so backordering price as well as carrying cost each year is now higher.

Legro.com, CityStories.com, TrinityVision.com, WhiteHope.com, Discordian.com – Some more brandable domains which I won’t add commentary to it and leave up to my readers to give their feedback if any.

Many of those domain acquisitions were private and I heavily use DotDB service for buying domains as it helps in understanding how many potential endusers already exists. So make sure you’re using DotDB and their PRO plan is recommended for which you can get 7 days trial in case you’re not sure if it’s worth it or not.

Feel free to share your recent acquisitions and/or give your feedback on the domain acquisitions.

New year, new experiment with entire domain portfolio

Hello everyone,

Since everyone now is aware that how the last year ended for my portfolio and I was very much impressed with Afternic who made plenty of sales without even using their Fast Transfers as well as not pointing the domains to their nameservers.

I was suggested by Afternic to try their brokerage service by pointing domains to their nameservers but I wasn’t that much impressed and inclined towards giving it a try until the end of last month which made me think to give them a try at least for few months and see the results.

Today I’ve made the changes and all my domains are pointing towards Afternic nameservers except very few. No doubt that the domain sales will automatically increase due to the brand recognition factor every domain sales lander is having it now.

Another positive side is that I used to receive around 500 inquiries every month with the domain portfolio of little over 3,400 and of course most of those inquiries never convert. And from that too, many of them are not genuine domain inquiries. This way I’ll save enough time to spend other place which is more productive.

The downside is I’ll end up paying commission for every sale, some of which I could’ve converted myself when the leads were coming in directly via Uniregistry sales lander.

The only way I could receive direct inquiry now is via WHOIS which was already coming in rare circumstances so I don’t expect to convert much via this channel.

I’m very much positive and excited with this change and decided after taking considerable time. Will keep you guys posted with the results.

Feel free to give your feedback on this change and/or if any one of you already using this method, kindly share the results with us to understand more clearly.

Thank you!

From $2,888 and $4,400 quote to $15,888 domain sale

Hi everyone,

It’s been a fantastic year for myself and I would call it one of the best year overall in terms of domaining.

Hope the post title doesn’t confuse any one as I want to clarify this at first. The price of $2,888 was quoted to inquirer A and $4,400 was quoted to inquirer B and finally the buyer who acquired the domain is different from them. Also the timings of all 3 price quotes differ very much from each other.

First, I would like to admit my mistake that I by mistake set the price of $2,888 for Digital-Identity.com after acquiring the domain around 3 years back. So when the first few inquiries came in, I quoted $2,888 without realizing too much of the set price. The domain didn’t got sold for $2,888 as the buyer wasn’t interested at that price.

In 2018, I received inquiry via DomainAgents where the buyer initially offered $3,321 to which I quoted $4,400. Buyer came back with $3,321 again without moving a little so I gave my final offer of $4,000. Eventually the domain wasn’t sold.

I was suppose to do repricing of domains which was long due and did the repricing around some time in 2018 during which I finally set the price of $15,888 for Digital-Identity.com. The new price was quoted to several inquirers including one interested buyer coming via Uniregistry broker with an offer of $5,000 which I happily declined. This inquiry came in mid 2018.

Fast forward to 25th December 2019, I received an email from Afternic saying the domain Digital-Identity.com sold for $15,888 at BIN.

So yes, I openly admit my mistake of setting the price very low in past and it can happen with any one. At least, I realized and changed to what I think was the right price to set for Digital-Identity.com and I’m very happy to sell this domain for what it sold for. Also this is my highest hyphenated domain sale.

Feel free to share your domain sales if you want and/or give your feedback on the above domain sale.

From $3000 offer to a $26000 domain sale

Hello everyone,

As I recently published a post with several of my recent domain sales, today I wanted to share another domain sale with complete detail of how it started and the deal was wrapped up successfully.

The domain I sold is Quaestor.com which was the oldest domain by creation date I owned until it sold. It was initially registered in 1994 but I acquired in 2018 for around $1100 via GoDaddy Auctions.

The inquiry came in via Uniregistry lander and I quoted price of $26,888. The buyer countered with $3000. After exchanging several emails and asking to come close to quoted price, the buyer revised his offer to $6,000.

Again after more communication, I said to present an offer of over $20,000 to get into negotiation.

With no response, I gave my final price of $25,000 with 7 days to accept. The buyer came in August and offered $10,000 but only after the 7 days period was over.

Sticking firm to the final price, the buyer came again in October and presented $15,000 offer to which I declined by informing the price is reverted back to $26,888 which was initially quoted because the offer of $25,000 was valid for 7 days only.

There was once again silence until the buyer came again in November by asking if I’m willing to negotiate as they’ve to decide and move on within a week period.

During this silence period of more than a month, I already upped the price at all marketplaces to $29,888 so I informed the buyer new price at all marketplaces but if he is still willing to buy, I can offer $26,000 to you only which is valid until the end of November.

Buyer immediately accepted and we used Sedo escrow and buyer paid the Sedo commission.

At one stage the domain was offered for $25,000 but ultimately sold for $26,000 to the same buyer. Every time you need to grab the offer at the right time, but you’re not always sure what’s that perfect time. We keep learning from our and others experiences. What best we can do is to keep learning all the time and improving ourselves.