This weekend a friend who is starting to get into the world of domain names asked me where I go to buy expired domains. I shared some of my favorite sites for buying expired domains and was surprised that he had only heard of one of the five. After sharing my top five list with him he said, “you should really put this on your blog as I know a lot of people who have no idea where to go for expired domain names except for Go Daddy” – so here we go:
- NameJet – this has been one of my favorite aftermarket sites for years, they often get really high-quality names and have one of the best backend platforms out there.
- Pheenix – from the creator of FreshDrop, a service I used a ton back in the day, Pheenix has a pretty slick system for sorting through expired domains to narrow down to exactly what kind of name you’re looking for.
- Go Daddy Auctions – I’ve been using Go Daddy Auctions for a long time, given that they’re such a huge registrar it’s not surprising that they have a massive inventory of names.
- Park.io – when it comes to non .COMs, this has quickly become my go-to. While the site lives on a .IO domain they sell a bunch of other extensions like .ME, .LY, .VC and more.
- ExpiredDomains.net – while I have the least experience with this site, I know a fair amount of people who use it and like it so I thought it made sense to include it in here.
Like anything new, I always recommend that people start slow when buying domains, expired or not. Just because you win an auction doesn’t mean you bought the domain for a wholesale price. It takes knowing not just what a good name is, but what a real wholesale price is to make sure you don’t end up buying a great name at or above retail (i.e. leaving little or no room to resell).
Feel free to share your favorite places to buy expired domains below, there are plenty of other great sites out there but I wanted to limit my list to five to keep things simple for people who are just getting started.