This guy got his name as a domain name, but he wasn’t happy about how it all went down.
Want to know how a person trying to get his hands on a domain name sees domain name investors?
Here’s a pretty good summary.
Brad Frost, a web developer (and speaker, writer, consultant, musician, and artist, according to his bio) recently went through the ordeal of acquiring BradFrost.com.
The domain was previously registered by another Brad Frost, and this Brad Frost waited a long time for the domain to expire so that he could pick it up.
Like many people in the same boat, he didn’t really understand the domain expiration process. I don’t blame him. It would have taken a lot of hours to figure it out.
The short of it: the domain was at enom, so he should have backordered with NameJet. Instead, he backordered it at GoDaddy. But no one backordered it at NameJet, and someone using Pheenix picked it up.
Frost then tried to acquire the domain name, which was parked at DomainNameSales. What follows is confusing. Frost suggests that he signed up with Escrow.com so he could make an anonymous offer on the domain:
After doing some research on the company, Domain Name Sales, I found that I could use an escrow service to anonymously bid on the domain. So I signed up for Escrow.com, and entered a $30 bid for bradfrost.com.
I’m not sure what Frost saw that made him think this. Escrow.com doesn’t allow you to place offers on domains. He must have placed an offer through DomainNameSales.
He was surprised when DomainNameSales reached out to him. He thought he placed an anonymous offer, and wondered how DNS got his contact information.
In the end, he ended up paying $1,200 to get BradFrost.com. And he has some not-so-nice things to say about DomainNameSales.
Frost was clearly pissed that he had to pay someone to get “his” name. But if you look beyond that, a lot of his frustration was because he didn’t know how the system worked. The system is confusing, and only insiders who spend a lot of time with it know how it works. If it weren’t so confusing, it wouldn’t upset people as much.
(Hat tip: HotNameList)