Selling Domain Names/Websites - Safest Way To Get Payment?

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Hi Warriors,

I have a few websites and domain names that I want to sell, but I'm worried about the selling process.

I would like to use PayPal. but I'm scared that the buyer might open a dispute once the domain is transferred.

I don't think Escrow would be worth it as the domains/websites won't be worth more than $1 000.

Would it be safer to use something like e-Junkie? 2Checkout? I'm just not sure?

Any advice will be appreciated, thank you
#domain #name or websites #payment #safest #selling
  • Profile picture of the author jennefere
    Originally Posted by Melissa Welsh View Post

    Hi Warriors,

    I have a few websites and domain names that I want to sell, but I'm worried about the selling process.

    I would like to use PayPal. but I'm scared that the buyer might open a dispute once the domain is transferred.

    I don't think Escrow would be worth it as the domains/websites won't be worth more than $1 000.

    Would it be safer to use something like e-Junkie? 2Checkout? I'm just not sure?

    Any advice will be appreciated, thank you
    I don't use paypal for my flippa auctions (not sure if this is where you plan to list). As of now, I've been successful with Escrow.com, Amazon Payments, Google Checkout (which is closed now).

    I'm going to try Payza as a replacement for Google Checkout.
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  • Profile picture of the author Melissa Welsh
    Thank you Jennifer,

    I was planning to list on a few related forums first, I haven't considered Amazon Payments - will look into that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nett
    What the category/niche of the domains?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Gordon
    I have heard good things about ecop.com, as a cheaper alternative to escrow.com

    I haven't used it personally though...
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  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    Just use escrow.com and use the split feature. The fee for standard service is 3.25%, and you can have that fee split between you and the buyer (that's how I do most of mine). You'll pay only 1.6%. It will cost you MORE with PayPal, and you're completely unprotected.
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  • Profile picture of the author Excitemental
    I agree with Gene use Escrow
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    • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
      I personally have sold quite a few websites and I did use Paypal and never had issues. One thing that helped was to qualify the buyers. I have sold from my signature or in classifieds on forums I am a member of to other members who have a good reputation. So that really helps a lot. I factor in fees when setting the price.

      But Gene is the man when it comes to websites so the way he does it may be your best option.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    I didn't mean to imply you should never use PayPal, but if you don't know the buyer well enough to trust them, there is a fairly large risk. Some will never have a problem, and that's fortunate. Escrow removes the risk, and doesn't cost any more than PayPal to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author tomm
    I would use Moneygram. It's similar to Western Union. The buyer go to an agent location and send the money. In 15 minutes you can go to an agent location near your residence and cash the money. 0 risk for you. some risk for the buyer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Gordon
    I would never use Moneygram to buy a domain from a seller I do not know and trust.

    If you are going to go to some trouble anyway, stick with an escrow service.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Shelton
    I agree completely with Gene - use escrow.com. When the buying figure gets up there, it really makes a difference to go through them. They have a fund-verifying feature that assures you that the money has been paid in, and for the buyer there's a domain verifying feature too, so that when both elements are present then the transaction can go smoothly forward

    - it really makes all the difference in the world to do it that way, no more "no, really, I will pay you, promise!" sort of aspect to the transaction at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author tomm
    Escrow doesn't guarantee safety, especially for domains:

    Escrow.com - Run Away !!
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    • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
      Originally Posted by tomm View Post

      Escrow doesn't guarantee safety, especially for domains:

      Escrow.com - Run Away !!
      Nothing in this world is 100% guaranteed. However, that one incident is a completely false concern. Regardless of any mistakes a particular employee may make, there is ALWAYS a clear and trackable "paper trail".

      This person is screaming the sky is falling, just because an error was made. Errors like that are easily resolved.

      I've been using escrow.com for many, many years. I. and all the other professional domainers I know have never had one incident of a domain being mishandled. Of all the money transfer options on the web, nothing is safer and easier than escrow.com.

      Even if a buyer/scammer put "privacy" on the registration, the domain registrar has all the information needed to rectify the situation. In the extremely rare case that you have to take legal recourse, all information is available.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Waller
    I've been a buyer through escrow before and had no complaints.

    I've also bought through Paypal but I asked the seller for references of other members on the forum (long standing trusted members that is) who he has sold to previously. It also helps to speak on the phone beforehand if possible - if they are not willing to do so then I'd be a little concerned.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Smale
    Similar to Gene, have also been using Escrow.com for years and have processed millions in sales and over 100 transactions. Never once had an issue - their support is excellent. Domain sales are very clear cut with an audit trail too - websites can be a little more complex but they are used to dealing with them so you won't have an issue.

    Escrow shouldn't work out any more expensive than Paypal and it's significantly safer. I would only use Paypal if I knew the buyer well and the transaction was very small (say <$1000). Everyone who complains about getting ripped off uses Paypal - usually due to impatience and greed.
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    • Profile picture of the author Nuno
      eCop is safe, you and your buyer need to send identification and proof of address.
      Fees are really low and they have other options (trading, leasing, etc).
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