Frequently Asked Questions


  1. How does the transfer at Namecheap Marketplace work? Most of the domains we offer are currently registered in our name at Namecheap.com. The easiest option is to purchase them through the link we have to the Namecheap Marketplace. You simply click on the Namecheap Marketplace link on the For Sale page which should take you to the listing for that domain on the Marketplace at NameCheap. You can add it to a cart (with any other domain names you might want to purchase). If you already have an account with them, you can simply confirm the purchase to complete. Otherwise, you can set up a free account with them. They accept PayPal and major credit card and some other forms of payment. The payment and transfer is handled by Namecheap, one of the world's largest domain companies, not us, and their secure system is used for transactions. You can purchase and own your new domain name in just a few minutes. Note that they have a confirmation process that involves both confirmation of our credentials as current owners, and your payment and transfer information. That can take anywhere from a few minutes to a bit more than a day, but normally the domain name will have been transferred to you in less than a day.
  2. What are my other purchase options? For most of our domain names we also offer a link on our Efty Market, as well as a page to offer a price for a domain name through this site. At the Efty Market you will have two options - one is to buy it now at a set price and pay for it with PayPal, and the other is to make an offer (see below). If you select the Efty Paypal Buy-It-Now option you first make payment and we then arrange the transfer of the domain name to you, Since the Efty Market is in parallel to the Namecheap Marketplace, there is a slight chance you will select Buy It Now at the Efty Marketplace, but the domain name has just been sold at the Namecheap Marketplace. In this case we will promptly refund your money, but you will not be able to buy the domain name. With Efty you will have option to transfer the domain name to your name at your designated registrar (providing it is not subject to the 60 day ICANN delay - see below). Note that there may be rules set by your registrar for the transfer - most registrars require you to add a new year with them and you will need to pay them for that. We cover the offers option in the next section.
  3. How do offers work? Either through our make an offer form on this site, or through the Efty Market Make an Offer option, you can make us an offer for a domain name. This does not guarantee the domain name, as we may choose not to accept your offer, or simultaneously have a higher offered price. However, by all means send us reasonable offers! We normally respond within about two days to any offers. Our preferred communication mode is by email but if you prefer to talk to us by telephone just indicate that on the form and we will send you our contact phone (or tell us when you would like to be called). To get to the Efty page for any domain name to make an offer simply enter the domain name URL in any browser, or use the link from the For Sale List pages.
  4. Are alternative TLDs as valid as .com? Early on there were just a few top level domains (TLDs:) .com, .net. .org, .edu plus those for specific countries. Before long the best names had been taken, and a few years ago a decision was made to make many other TLDs available. In terms of uniquely pointing to a website, these are every bit as valid as the popular early TLDs. While the majority of actively used domain names are .com, and there is no doubt about their value, the new ones offer a chance for a name that is more representative of what your organization does. That being said, surveys show that the general public have limited knowledge of new domain names and have some concerns about whether alternative domains are more susceptible to spam, phishing or other practices. I expect that gradually that will change as more websites utilize a new domain name.
  5. How popular are new gTLDs? About 27 million new global top level domains (new gTLDs) have been registered at the current time. You can get statistics on how popular the different top level domains are here.
  6. Why are prices so different? The price of a domain name reflects how valuable we regard the domain name to be and the time period it is currently registered for.
  7. Do all domains renew for the same amount? No, each registrar sets the rate for both initial sales and renewal of domain names. Sites like Namecheap.com list the renewal rate for each TLD when you do a search. Registrars sometimes offer deals on renewal rates.
  8. Does one purchase or rent a domain name? Well the common terminology is that you buy domain names, but in one sense really you are renting the rights to use the name for a set period of time (a year usually). The period we have a domain registered is clearly marked in the Marketplace listing. The owner of a domain is entitled to renew it as long as that is done before it expires.
  9. Does owning a name give you the rights on the name as a trademark term? No, trademark is a totally separate process. You must not infringe on the registered names and trademarks of others.
  10. I never understood about whether www is part of domain name. The domain name you purchase does not have www. Normally it is set up so that the name either with or without the leading www will take you to the website. For example, you can click on http://namesthat.win or http://www.namesthat.win and both reach our site.
  11. Are you associated with Namecheap? No - except we are a customer (most of our domains are registered through them) and we use their Marketplace program when we want to resell domain names. We also are members of their affiliate program. We also use their web hosting service. We do have some domains registered with other services, but normally we register our domains with them. We find their service is responsive and they are very cost competitive. We like that they offer great hosting services as well as domain registration. They have been in business for 16 years, and are one of the world’s top domain name registrars in terms of number of domain names registered. They offer most of the popular TLD extensions.
  12. What is the 60 day ICANN delay period? The organization that regulates domain names, ICANN, set a period of 60 days (normally) after an initial registration, or a transfer of ownership, during which another transfer can’t take place. This is to provide some stability and to prevent those trying to hide identity by many rapid transfers. This only is a restriction if you want to register at a different registrar that where the domain name is currently held. You can purchase one of our domain names through the Namecheap Marketplace and have it transferred to your name without this restriction having an impact. You could later transfer it out to your account at another registrar (but not until 60 days after your purchase of the domain name).
  13. What web hosting service do you recommend? We use both Namecheap and HostPapa now, and have been pleased with both of them. We don't recommend that you use two different web hosting services - there are historical reasons why we use more than one (although it does allow us to compare service). If you are planning to set up multiple websites, be sure that the service you sign up for allows that.
  14. Do I need to host with Namecheap? No, not at all. Even if the domain name is registered with them, it can be pointed to whatever host you like to use. If you don't already have a hosting service, you might find it more convenient to host with them, but you certainly don't need to.
  15. Can I resell the domain name if I change my mind? Yes. You can either sell it privately, on a domain buy/sell site, or directly on Namecheap Marketplace. We prefer the latter as they handle all of the transaction details of payment and transfer of the domain name. If you do sell it on their Marketplace you must charge at least $5.00USD for the domain, but no more than $1000.00USD. Namecheap keep 10% of the price that the domain sells at as commission. There are no other charges. Note that there are limits set by the global organization that controls domain names on how rapidly you can flip a domain after purchase, normally a 60 day limit.
  16. What does it mean to 'push' a domain name? The simplest way to move a domain name from ownership by one party to another is for both parties to have accounts with the same registrar (such as Namecheap) and essentially just change the ownership records on the domain name. The 60 day time delay does not enter into this sort of transaction. This is how it works for all of our Marketplace listings. If you do want to move the name to a registrar other than Namecheap this can be done without cost, but there are several steps including unlocking the site and obtaining an authorization code.
  17. How long is the domain name currently registered? This information is shown on the record at the Marketplace link. As a buyer this is important information, since the remaining period is transferred to you.
  18. Does the time already registered go with the domain when it is sold? Yes, normally. So if you see a domain with 4 years remaining that is the time you will have before needing to renew. The reason some of our domains have higher prices is because we have them registered for many years.
  19. If I use the Namecheap Marketplace do I need to pay for another year at time of purchase? No. That is one advantage of using the Namecheap Marketplace, rather than doing a direct purchase and transfer to some other registrar.
  20. What domain areas do you mainly deal in? Travel (especially Canadian east and west coasts), space, education, science, physics, astronomy, technology, science outreach, investing, sports, acronyms, app development, writing, and environmental design. We don't try to be a general purpose domain name shop, but rather look out for good domains at reasonable purchase and renew costs.
  21. I don't find what I want here. Where else can I look? We have links to the main sites useful to those buying and selling domain names on the sidebar on the More page. This includes links both for new purchases of domain names and some of the common resell sites and information services. Among the most popular name registration services are Namecheap, Alpnames and GoDaddy (among many others).
  22. It sounds like too much hassle to create a website. Is there another choice? If you already have a page or site, and don't want to bother with registering a new domain name, but do want to market using a simple domain phrase, you might consider our Rent an Expression (RaE) service. For a set time period you "rent" an expression, and we handle directing that expression to your existing page or site. No technical work is required on your part.
  23. Do you make money from advertising and affiliate links on this website? Yes (well a little!). The ads you see here are from Google Adsense, and we also are registered in the HostPapa and Namecheap affiliate program.
  24. So who are you? This site is run from a home based, part-time operation located in Victoria, BC, Canada. My graduate degrees and experience is in science research, teaching, and science outreach, so I mainly handle domains applicable to that. I have owned domain names and hosted websites for a decade and a half, and ran a small photographic products service as well as travel websites. I am not a web developer professionally, but created and maintain this website. We only began to resell domain names in 2017. To protect our privacy we don't post our telephone number, but if you send us a query using the contact form we are happy to provide you with our telephone number, or to telephone you if you prefer.
  25. Are you a business? We have the domain names registered personally (as a sole proprietorship). The actual business of the transaction (obtaining your payment, changing the name and address on ownership of the domain name) is handled by Namecheap, from us as one owner to you as a new potential owner of the domain name if you select the Namecheap Marketplace option. Our Rent an Expression services agreement is with us as a sole propiertorship.
  26. Why did you choose this domain for your website? We believe in the value of the new gTLDs, so wanted to model that by using one of the new gTLDs for our own website. We strongly believe that the first step should be to consider what your goals are, and how you will evaluate a 'win' in meeting those goals. You can read more about our choice of name here.
  27. Tell us about this website. Our website is hosted on Namecheap.com using their shared hosting plan (so if wondering how responsive their shared hosting plan is, you can see it in action here). If you register your domains through them, it is particularly simple when your website is also hosted there. We also host websites on HostPapa.ca, which we have found reliable and easy to use. Hostpapa.ca use alternative energy for their servers, which is a nice feature. We developed this website ourselves, using the RapidWeaver software. If you use a Mac, we highly recommend their product, which in our opinion offers a nice compromise between power and simplicity.
  28. What value do you add to obtaining a domain name? We have searched extensively to obtain what we regard as good and inexpensive domain names within the niches that we operate. For example, if you want a name related to CRISPR biotechnology you can come here and have multiple choices.
  29. Why are many of your domain names so inexpensive? One of our founding principles was to offer good domain name value. We find domain names at attractive prices, and offer them to you at a reasonable markup from that.
  30. Many domain name sites don't list prices, but you do. Why is that? We respect those who prefer to operate without prices, and negotiate the price of each domain name, but that is not us. We never like the idea of bargaining for items, and simply prefer to set a reasonable price and that is the price. Do you really like to haggle for a car price? We don't. We think the same should be true for domain names.
  31. Do you deal in adult names? No, we will never handle names dealing with adult issues. We also do not deal with names we regard in poor taste, or that encourage discrimination against people based on their backgrounds or choices. Nor do we sell domain names that support the tobacco, marijuana or alcohol industries. We realize that it is totally legal to sell these domain names, it's just not what we want to do.
  32. What is your vision for domain names? We want to do our small part to set up an easier way for organizations and businesses to select a great domain and purchase it inexpensively. We want to support the use of domain name expressions or phrases in internet promotion. We feel domain names can be a force for a more positive and inclusive society, which is why you will see we handle domain names encouraging diversity, environmental awareness, positive attitudes and the value of education and fun.
  33. What is your privacy policy? We will never use your email address for any purpose other than to respond to your queries or provide information on products that you have purchased or rented from us. We will never share your contact information with any third party.
  34. Can you briefly describe how the domain name and website process works? You first need to purchase rights to the domain name, (and thus have that name registered in your name), select a web hosting service where your actual web documents reside, and set the DNS records to point to your website. If you do not already have web host service, we find the shared hosting services at Namecheap work well for us (this site is being hosted there), and they make the process really easy. They have very attractive first year rates, and competitive ones for renewals after that. We also like HostPapa.ca, and use that for hosting some of our other sites. An excellent explanation of the process for domain purchase, DNS listings, and web hosting is given by Christopher Heng at https://www.thesitewizard.com/archive/registerdomain.shtml.

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This page was last updated Oct. 9, 2017.

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