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Private .co.uk drop catchers?

Discussion in 'Drop catching Domain Names' started by Lux, Nov 12, 2005.

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  1. Lux

    Lux New Member

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    Where can I seek out a private catcher and what prices can I expect to pay? I don't want to get robbed blind.

    The name I'm after isn't terribly valuable, but I own the .com and would like to cover my bases.

    I've already backordered at dropcatcher.co.uk and bb-online.co.uk, but I'm not even sure if those two places are still operating as I haven't heard from them since I ordered a few days ago.

    I've also ordered at pool and snapnames, but I don't think they've had any success with .co.uk.

    I'd appreciate any help since I'm new to the .co.uk world.
     
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  3. Ellis United Kingdom

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    This a question that has been asked time and time again.

    Unfortunately the answer is "there isn't any"

    Even names without much potential are being snapped up by the big catchers and if your coming into this late like me, you've little or no chance of picking up decent names and you'll have to make do with scraps.

    Is your name on this list a deleting.co.uk? if it is, then don't don't hold your breath, chances are it'll be snapped up by one of 10 top catchers as deleting alerst people to domains that they might have missed from their lists.

    My best catch (c/o dropcatcher.co.uk) was one that, luckily, everyone missed including deleting, if it had made their list I would have had no chance.

    Sorry to sound so negative, but that's the way it is, but you've done the right thing, spreading your domain round a number of catchers is probably the only thing you can do to give you a better chance.

    Then again, if you've got the .com, you're winning already... if it's a good name
     
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    You've done the right thing by posting your request here. All the great white sharks of the '.co.uk' domain world cruise these waters. Hopefully you'll get some pm's about your request.

    The 'domainscape' is still very much wild west territory, so, if I were you and I found such a hired gun, I'd have a written and signed agreement with them, confirming, amongst other things [such as deadlines etc] "... full and final amount to be paid, for transfer of ownership to you" subject to registration. You'd at least then know what you're in for [£], in advance and would have something to show your lawyer, should matters take a turn for the worse. In reality, you're taking a risk by placing your trust in a stranger. A catcher could use a different tag [some have more than one tag, I suspect!] to the one that you're aware of, catch it on that tag, assume a nom de plume should you contact him and then try and sell you it at a higher price than that agreed with his alter ego. Then again, perhaps I've just seen too many episodes of the Tales of the Unexpected or had too hard a life, making me overly cynical :)
     
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    keys Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Various changes on the uk dropcatching scene seem to have caused a recent fever among those with a script and DAC access. Anything and pretty much everything is being snapped up now.

    Chances are it will get worse until the drops virtually dry up, and I think that time is not far off.
     
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    "Tales of the Unexpected" - Bolton 0 - 1 Everton, what a wierd world we live in!
     
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    Ha ha. I quite admire Sam and Bolton, however we seem to have a spell over them. I was in the 'Toy Town Stadium'* in Horwich, a few years ago when we won 2:0; it could and should have been by 7 or 8.
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    * Whilst we walked towards the ground, we thought it looked small, but agreed that it would appear much bigger as we neared ... it didn't!
     
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