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    Quick Domain Question

    Is it possible to buy a "used" (lol) domain for less than a "new" fresh domain?

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    You mean buying domains cheaper than the actual cost of a dot com?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1901gt View Post
    You mean buying domains cheaper than the actual cost of a dot com?
    Yes. Basically. Like one that is already established. Either dead or active, whatever. I'm just curious to know if they sell for less than the usual $10 very often.

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    Yes. It is possible. You actually have several options here, but you have to be careful with each of them.

    You can get an existing domain (kinda useless), an existing and established domain, or a dropped domain with an existing PR/history and plenty of backlinks.

    For existing domains and established domains I'd go to the Sitepoint Marketplace or Sedo.

    For dropped domains, just do a Google search for "dropped domains." This will provide you with slew of sites that actually go through the trouble of compiling the lists of dropped domains for you --sometimes before they're actually dropped.

    You can buy an existing domain (with content) fairly cheap (25-100USD). You may get lucky on occasion and find a domain for 10-20 dollars, but it's extremely rare unless you're going the dropped (or soon to be dropped) domain route.

    Now for the warnings:

    When buying an existing/established domain, you want to make sure it isn't a dropped domain --unless you happen to be OK with that. A lot of domain resellers will not tell you they're selling you a dropped domain. Run a whois query at domaintools.com and go to archive.org to verify the history if you can, or you may lose inbound links. You might also wish to verify the domain is completely legit and hasn't been banned for anything (i.e. spamming).

    If you are interested in a dropped domain, again, do your research. Find out why the owner might have let it lapse or dropped it.

    When all else fails, I believe DomainMagnate is an SME on this topic.
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    Yes you can keep an eye out in the marketplace and you will often see domains for $6 or so but then again it might only have 6 months left in registration. Hope this helps
    Edit 1: You bet me to it M42

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    If you go to forums like DP, you will find domains going for $3. They are generally useless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farrhad A View Post
    If you go to forums like DP, you will find domains going for $3. They are generally useless.
    There's an occasional gem on DP if you're patient enough to sift through all of the useless stuff for weeks at a time.
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