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Some recent domain acquisitions of 2017

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

It’s been over 6 months since I last shared my latest acquisitions. Time passed so quickly and I just didn’t knew the gap in between got too long. Because I think sharing every quarter is good idea. Okay, so let’s come to the point and below you will find some of my 2017 domain acquisitions:

PrintFactory.com – Made it look colorful to match with the print word ;). Recently ThePrintful.com acquired Printful.com for $100,000 and PrintScape.com sold for $10,000. It’s a great name to be added in our portfolio.

AdvancedLaser.com – Vast field and huge potential in this domain.

AhiGroup.com – My highest sale to date for LLLgroup.com was DcsGroup.com which sold for mid 4 figures in 2014. Since that time, I have been buying several LLLgroup.com domains and this has great potential as well. Although age doesn’t matter to me but just thought to share it’s creation date is way back in 1996.

C9Group.com – My first letter+numeric combination domain ending with group. Yet to get into my GoDaddy account. Anyone having success story with similar domains?

AABI.com, MWSA.com, PACW.com, AJBY.com – Some 4L .com added. I think having 7-10% 4L .com in your portfolio is good to keep balance but I acquired plenty last year which makes it 12% of 4L .com in my portfolio.

Vivaria.com – I see plenty of upgrades.

LifeAsItHappens.com – I like phrase domains as does Mike Mann and Mike Berkens.

Shonky.com – Brandable. Tons of upgrades.

iWannaPlay.com – Fun/Gaming/Entertainment website.

GwadarHotels.com, TravelGwadar.com, GwadarTravel.com – Not sure how many of you’re aware of Gwadar but it’s a world’s largest deep sea-port and is in Pakistan.

Feel free to comment and share your recent acquisitions as well

Never trust NameJet.com until…

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

I have been using NameJet for years and never had any issue until the end of last month when I received an email from them stating that:

“We regret to inform you that a domain you recently purchased through a pre-release auction has been cancelled, as allowed by the NameJet Agreement. Unfortunately this domain was listed in error and was not available for sale.All efforts will be made to assure this does not occur again.

As a result, we will be refunding your auction fee within the next few days.”

To make things clear, I won a domain LLL.org through NameJet on Sep 17, 2016 and the above email I received was on Oct 29th, 2016; right after 41 days of winning the domain through an auction.

My card was charged on the same day of winning the auction. However, I responded them with the following message:

“What the hell is this? It’s been more than 1 month since I won the domain and now you are taking it back?? Kindly give the domain back to me or I will make you guys popular in every domain forum and my blog AbdulBasit.com which is widely read among domainers community.”

Their technical support member responded back:

“This domain was listed in error by the seller likely due to a typo in his submission and as such, there is no domain to deliver. You were never delivered the domain in this case due to the error in listing and as such, there is nothing that we can return.

We do apologize for the inconvenience as this is a rare occasion.”

After which I contacted them again and asked to either ban the seller or verify the domain ownerships and listings before making it live for auction for which I didn’t hear anything.

Also I was not delivered the domain during the entire 41 days and I forgot to ask them as well because I buy domains from many different places and sometimes I forget to check and transfer out domains. As many readers of my blog already know that I keep all my domains with Uniregistry and try my best to move all domains which I win at different marketplaces as soon as possible to Uniregistry in order to keep it at one place and that’s easy way to organize and manage my domains.

At first, this ridiculous mistake should not have happened from NameJet.

Secondly, if it happened, why they took 41 days to inform and even more time to refund my money? Hijacking my $1,000 for that many days is not the way of doing business. This amount might not be big for someone but it’s not about the actual figure whether it be $1 or $100,000. How can you hold my funds for over 40 days and come back with lame excuse?

I’m sharing my recent experience with you all to beware using NameJet and don’t think the domain is yours until the name is transferred to your account.

I would invite my readers to give their feedback and share their experiences if they had any like that in past.

Thanks!

Our Domain Portfolio – DomainsWeb.com

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

For years I have been looking to showcase all my domains at one place but I never found a good place until recently when I tried Efty.com which is founded by Doron Vermaat and Michael Cyger who recently joined their leadership team. A big thanks to Doron for creating such a wonderful platform for domainers who can not only showcase their domains but sell through that as well.

Many people have asked me in past where they can see my entire list of domains and today I’m happy to announce that it’s completed and I would like everyone to check DomainsWeb.com and give your feedback and suggestions.

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First bad experience with Escrow.com!

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

As mentioned in my last post about having bad experience with Escrow.com for which I promised to share how it actually was a sour experience for me.

So far I have initiated transactions in U.S Dollars and no buyer had any objection to date. For the recent sale of Enkla.com, I did the same way but for the first time the buyer made the payment in Euros. As buyer made the payment and both of us (buyer and seller) were in regular touch with Escrow team to find out when the payment will reach to them and it took 20 (correction – 15 days) for them to inform us that we have received the payment but since it’s in Euros, the funds will be sent back.

Both buyer and seller requested them to convert the funds or at least mention somewhere clearly while during the transaction but they didn’t do this favor for us even though they took too long just to share this update and gave me the link to one of their FAQ –

https://www.escrow.com/support/payment-options

https://www.escrow.com/support/supported-currencies

Where they have stated “Escrow.com regrets that we are unable to modify the currency type once it is selected.” and “Escrow.com is unable to offer currency conversion”. If they will keep such attitude towards their clients, get ready to lose business.

Since Brandon Abbey sold and left the company, after that I have read many people complaining about their service.

Rather than creating confusion for both parties and losing time and money in such cases, better they keep it simple by having just one currency for transactions in USD. If not, they should either clearly mention during the transaction or have some flexibility by providing currency conversion service.

There will be some who will say that buyer should have read the FAQ before sending the funds but that doesn’t happen in every case and anyone while facing any difficult situation goes to read FAQ and not simply to learn A-Z of that particular website.

My regular readers must have seen that I had kept Escrow.com logo for around 3 years and I was listed as one of their partners but since the management changed, they removed my website logo from their partner’s list without any prior notification which shows how good and efficient people are working at Escrow.com. I asked and no concrete reason was provided and informed me that we shall put up your website logo again once we launch our new design. I’m sure that’s not going to happen early but I still kept their banner for some more months but couple of weeks back removed it. They have took off the logos of many other companies and surely won’t have informed them like to me.

Doesn’t mean I will stop using their service completely right now but I shall start looking out for alternatives and one of that I see is Payoneer Escrow.

Care to share your thoughts? Anyone had such incident in past or would like to share some other bad experiences with Escrow.com?

My domain KITCHN.com saved in UDRP

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

First, I would like to thank Mr. Howard Neu for accepting this case and later defending it successfully the domain KITCHN.com which is one of our prime properties.

Let me tell you some background before I shall tell you about the case in detail.

In October 2015, the law firm representing Kitchn.no contacted me for the purchase of my domain and started offer from $100 up to $7,000 to which no interest was shown.

Next in June 2016, the complainant filed UDRP on our domain Kitchn.com and Mr. Howard respresented me to defend and save the valuable domain.

Today, we got the news of winning the case.

Below is the detail:

“In a 3 person panel decision, the UDRP Claim for Kitchn.com was denied at WIPO. In the case of Kitchn Norge AS v. Abdulbasit Makrani, Case No. D2016-1189, a Norwegian company that held the Norwegian trademark for KITCH’N was too limited to a specific area (Norway and Sweden) as to apply to Bad Faith on the part of the Respondent Abdulbasit Makrani.  Here are some of the relevant excerpts of the decision:

The Panel notes that, at the time the disputed domain name was acquired by the Respondent, the Complainant had been trading in Norway and Sweden for some 18 years, had been the proprietor of the Norwegian trademark No. 221252 for KITCH’N for some 11 years and also appears to have been selling through the Internet for almost 2 years.

There is no evidence that the Complainant’s trademark might have been used outside Norway and Sweden and the Complainant’s website clearly targets consumers located in Norway since it is entirely in Norwegian.  Moreover, a Google search for “kitchn” shows several results unrelated to the Complainant and its mark.

The records indicate that the Respondent is a professional domain name registrant and acquired the disputed domain name through an automated process immediately after the original registration lapsed.  As highlighted in previous cases, the automated nature of the acquisition cannot be an excuse for turning a blind eye to trademark rights, since otherwise it would be the “perfect shield for abusive registrations”.  SeeResearch In Motion Limited v. Privacy Locked LLC/Nat Collicot, WIPO Case No. D2009-0320.

However, particularly given the nature of the disputed domain name as a contraction of the dictionary term “kitchen”, the Panel finds that nothing in the case file indicates that the Respondent had ever known of the Complainant’s rights or that the Respondent registered the disputed domain name to capitalize on the Complainant’s mark.

This finding is supported by the fact that the use of the disputed domain name does not show an intention to target the Complainant or its competitors, as the links displayed on the website published at the disputed domain name are mainly related to cooking recipes and not to the Complainant’s trademark and products.

Instead, in the case at hand, there is no evidence that the Respondent might have registered the disputed domain name with the intention to sell it to the Complainant or to trade off the Complainant’s mark.  Therefore, the Panel also finds that the Respondent’s refusal of the Complainant’s offer for the disputed domain name and his request of a higher sum do not amount to bad faith.

In view of the above, the Panel finds that the Complainant has failed to demonstrate that the Respondent registered and used the disputed domain name in bad faith.”

The Respondent AbdulBasit Makrani was represented in this case by the Law Office of Howard Neu, P.A.

I wanted to convey a message to all people around the world, I will try my best to defend my properties and won’t let them go easily.

Any feedback is welcome.

 

*UPDATE*WIPO decision here