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Desperate Domain Resellers?

This morning I woke up to this email waiting for me:

From: xxx@googlemail.com
To: me
Subject: Regarding your domain name whobroke.us

Hi,

I wondered if you would be interested in buying the .COM version of your domain name whobroke.us for $195 ?
Let me know.
Shawn.

So I have this domain name, whobroke.us. Last January I went on a domain-spree and thought it could be a political domain or something like that. It is now pending expiration, since I never did anything with it. But I get this email today from someone wanting to sell me the .com version. Ok...

So I go over to GoDaddy just to look up the domain, and low-and-behold, the domain is available... I could get it for $9.99. On the offchance, I though maybe he meant whobrokeus.com, so I looked it up and it is available as well.  I sent him a reply, however I haven't heard back yet. My guess is it is an automated script since a few hours after I emailed him, I received another message (the same one) from him again.

I guess domain resellers now are so desperate that they'll try and sell you readily available domains at a huge mark up. Hey, someone agrees to buy it for $195, run out and buy it for $10, pocket $185!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

 
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