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I'm selling my domain 'manchesterfirework.co.uk' on sedo. got it on offers, but tbh, i'd sell it for like £5 or whatever to whoever's interested.
 

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also got 'yourgay.co.uk too. when you sell a domain, do you have to front the domain transfer fee or does the other guy front the fee?
 

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Godaddy has a platform for selling domains

Are you selling the domains with traffic attached as that would make them more sellable
 

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TBH I doubt you'll be able to sell these. The bottom has fallen out of the .co.uk market with Nominet's ludicrous release of the top level .UK, and these names aren't premium enough to attract much interest.

'Manchester Fireworks' isn't really a big enough market. And 'your gay' is toxic for any company to buy, and too ungrammatical for pedants (My gay what?). Someone might want to buy it "for the bantz" but probably not.

I do miss the heady days of the domain name market. I made a few tidy £££ back then!
 

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when you sell a domain, do you have to front the domain transfer fee or does the other guy front the fee?
Missed this first time around - Nominet charges £10+VAT (IIRC) for transferring a name to a new owner. If you go the direct route then you can elect to pay it yourself, or the new owner can pay it. When I've sold names in the past I've paid it with bigger sales (£400 upwards - it'd be churlish not to). With smaller sales it becomes a significant chunk of the price so I'd insist that the buyer pays.

Some registrars let you change owner details in their control panels for free, so you can skip the Nominet fee. I think that LCN let you do this - if you really wanted to save a tenner then you could change your registrar to LCN for free, then change the ownership. (Check that LCN still do this free - it's a while since I did this.)
 

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the one im with rn is names.co.uk
 

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thats the same reason i bought it from names.co.uk but i cant do anything with it cos names.co.uk charges for hosting and charge to change registrars too
 

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thats the same reason i bought it from names.co.uk but i cant do anything with it cos names.co.uk charges for hosting and charge to change registrars too
I guess that's where they get you offering the domains so cheaply

Is it the norm @David Says... to charge for moving your domain? I didn't think it was, I thought .co.uk were free and .coms you just pay to host it elsewhere you don't pay at the original domain end
 

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Nominet charges a £10+VAT fee for changing registrars.

If you're moving several names they can all be done under the one £10 fee. Most of the bigger registrars do changes in batches so they only have to pay it once or twice a day - easy for them to absorb.

A fee of £10 per domain is rather cheeky, but ultimately they are able to charge an admin fee if they so wish.

If you had several domains that you wanted to move then you could create an account directly with Nominet's Online Services using the email address that you used for the ownership details of the domains. You could then try initiating the registrar change yourself for £10 all in. The registrar can block that in some instances, though I've not come across that myself.

.com domains are different - the norm seems to be for the transfer out to be free (as long as your account is in good standing), with the new registrar charging the equivalent of a 1 yr registration, but your domain registration is extended for 1 year at the same time.
 

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Nominet charges a £10+VAT fee for changing registrars.

If you're moving several names they can all be done under the one £10 fee. Most of the bigger registrars do changes in batches so they only have to pay it once or twice a day - easy for them to absorb.

A fee of £10 per domain is rather cheeky, but ultimately they are able to charge an admin fee if they so wish.

If you had several domains that you wanted to move then you could create an account directly with Nominet's Online Services using the email address that you used for the ownership details of the domains. You could then try initiating the registrar change yourself for £10 all in. The registrar can block that in some instances, though I've not come across that myself.

.com domains are different - the norm seems to be for the transfer out to be free (as long as your account is in good standing), with the new registrar charging the equivalent of a 1 yr registration, but your domain registration is extended for 1 year at the same time.
I worked for an ISP / Web Hosting company in the late 90s and when we wanted to buy domains or transfer them we had to simply send a PGP encrypted email to Nominet.. That was it! No company was offering buying domains ON their sites or transferring them or anything, it was all done via email!

Seems mad looking back on it lol
 

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I worked for an ISP / Web Hosting company in the late 90s and when we wanted to buy domains or transfer them we had to simply send a PGP encrypted email to Nominet.. That was it! No company was offering buying domains ON their sites or transferring them or anything, it was all done via email!

Seems mad looking back on it lol
Nominet only retired the automaton (which received and processed PGP emails) 3 years ago! It's a shame in a way - the automaton leveled the playing field when trying to catch expiring domains.

All done via the industry-standard, XML-based EPP now. You can still register via Nominet's Online Services.
 

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Nominet only retired the automaton (which received and processed PGP emails) 3 years ago! It's a shame in a way - the automaton leveled the playing field when trying to catch expiring domains.

All done via the industry-standard, XML-based EPP now. You can still register via Nominet's Online Services.
wow! Can't believe they only got rid of it 3 years ago!

Interesting to see you think the bottom has fallen out of the market when it comes to high value domain names (ie, ones with only 1 or 2 keywords in them)
 

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