Domain buyer beware.

I own the domain alchemii.net. The other day I got the following email from zipdomains.com:

Our company specializes in acquiring expired domain names to help individuals and businesses protect their brand online.

The domain name ALCHEMII.COM expired recently and we were able to secure it.

We noticed that you own ALCHEMII.NET and felt that you may be interested in acquiring the .COM version of your existing domain name.

It is available for a one-time fee of only $49.00 USD.

Now if they wanted that domain (I did) most people would go ahead and pay zipdomains the $49. But on a whim I went to godaddy.com, where I purchase my domains. There I was able to acquire alchemii.com for a mere $9.95, a savings of almost $40. It turns out that zipdomains hadn’t really acquired it, and were waiting for me to ask them to buy it for me, making a quick profit.

When someone offers you a deal it never hurts to spend a moment or two to see just how good a deal it is.

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