Name is a very valuable asset to a company or an individual. It provides a quick
and easy way for your clients and customers to find you on the Web and to send you e-mail.
However, the supply of domain names is limited and virtually all superior names have been
registered with Internic, the domain name registration service associated with the
National Science Foundation.
This site provides a market for companies and individuals
to buy and sell domain names, developed Web sites, and Internet-based businesses under the
accepted industry practices that govern business opportunity and trademark sales.
Additionally, this service allows domain names and Web sites to be brought to their
highest and best use. GreatDomains.com provides brokerage and escrow services for
these domain name, Web site, and Internet-based business sales, using the same diligence
and high ethical standards that we utilize for our real property and business opportunity
You probably have many questions regarding this process.
Hopefully, the following addresses many of these:
How do I buy a domain name, Web site, or
There are no fees charged to the buyer for this service. All fees are paid by the seller.
Simply review the domain names, developed Web sites, and Internet-based businesses for
sale and submit an offer using an interactive form. We will forward your offer to the
seller and notify you whether your offer has been accepted, rejected, or if there is a
counteroffer. If your offer is accepted, you will be mailed a purchase contract and
detailed escrow instructions to sign, similar to those used in a real estate or business
How do I sell a domain name, Web site, or
There is no charge to list a domain name, Web site, or Internet-based business for sale
and no charge if the listing does not sell. If we find a buyer for your listing, the
commission charged will be 7% of the sales price plus $250 for escrow fees to properly
transfer the registration through Internic, to establish a trust account for the sales
proceeds during escrow, and to provide appropriate disclosures to properly protect all
parties to the transaction. To list a domain name, Web site, or Internet-based business
for sale, Click Here.
What is my Domain Name worth?
Read the GreatDomains.com Valuation Model for
ideas on Domain pricing.
Do I pay a commission if I find a
No commission is charged if you find a buyer independently and you may still utilize our
brokerage and escrow service, as described above, for a flat fee of $500. For more
information Click Here.
What listing price should I set for my Web site,
domain name, or Internet-based business?
Start by reviewing the listing prices on our service. The prices range from less than one
thousand to many hundreds of thousands of dollars. In addition, envision the best use of
the domain name or Web site and the magnitude of the additional income that could result
to an existing or new company from owning the name. Alternatively, a domain name may have
significant value as a "vanity" name for an individual's e-mail and Web site. If
you are listing an income-generating Internet-based business, then the sale is essentially
a business opportunity transaction. Depending upon the growth potential and the
predictability of earnings, business opportunities typically sell from three to fifteen
times annual pre-tax profit. Lastly, the final indicator of value is what you would feel
satisfied receiving to part with your domain name, Web site, or Internet-based business.
Can I buy and use a domain name that is a trademark
of someone else?
It very much depends on the specifics. For example, if IBM bought apple.com, legal
precedent indicates that the court would likely require IBM to release apple.com to Apple
Computer. If, however, an apple farmer bought apple.com to sell fruit over the Internet,
Apple Computer would likely have less of a claim. We highly recommend that you read Internic's
policy on domain name ownership.
The domain name I want is not included in your
inventory. What should I do?
The first step is to contact our Web Creation and
Hosting Division. If your requested domain name is available, we can register
it and create and host your Web pages at very reasonable rates. If the name is not
available, we will contact the owner of the domain name and attempt to negotiate the sale
of the name, but expect that the owner will likely charge a significant premium to release
How are you qualified
to handle this transaction?
GreatDomains.com created the procedures by which domain name and
Internet business sales are handled. The founders are licensed real estate brokers, license
#0183925. Feel free to contact the Department of Real Estate in Sacramento, California to
verify our credentials.
How can I contact you?
19833 Kinzie Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
tel: (818) 998-4514
fax: (818) 998-3523
Can you answer my further questions?
We would be happy to. To send us a question by e-mail, please Click
Here. Additionally, Internet
Gold-Rush is a site providing further information on domain name issues.