What Happened To WeddingFlorist.com?

As many of you know I held an exciting contest on my blog to buy a domain name for $1,200 from one of my readers. With over 120 comments this post caught a lot of attention and had some great names submitted to it. I spent the weekend crunching the numbers and picking a domain from those submitted. In the end I choose WeddingFlorist.com as the winner and sent a congratulations email to the owner.

A day later I hadn’t heard anything back so I sent another email this time trying both the email address on the WHOIS as well as the email address used to submit the comment. The next day, still nothing. So I tried calling the phone number on the WHOIS record, wrong number.

Of course I know people are busy so I waited another day, still nothing. I tried emailing again over the weekend but am sad to say that I don’t think the owner of this domain exists, or if he does, he doesn’t seem to have the correct WHOIS information or email address in his blog comment.

I would still love to buy this domain so if anyone reading this post happens to know the owner, let him know I’d still like to buy the name. If not then I will be buying my second choice name which I’ll announce later this week. Still, I’m a nice guy and fair is fair so I want to make sure I’m giving the owner a fair chance. Heck I know that this is a great time for a vacation and many of us unplug on vacation so I’d hate for him to miss my emails while he’s enjoying some R&R.

So I’ll give it until Wednesday of this week. If any of you happen to know the owner if you could be so kind as to ping him that would be great. Either way it was a very successful contest and I will be buying a name from one of my readers for $1,200…that name might just not be WeddingFlorist.com.

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  • Mauro May 14, 2012, 4:43 pm

    The owner got excited and may want to sell it for an higher rice now 🙂

    Or maybe not.

    I hope you can buy the domain Morgan, since i believe you can do an amazing work with it.

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  • Andy Booth May 14, 2012, 5:09 pm

    I noticed that the same owner has WeddingFlorists.com — the plural. I figure you would ask for that too – couldn’t hurt, could it? Shame that he seems to have reneged/may have been illegitimate to begin with.

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  • Luke May 14, 2012, 5:19 pm

    The competition was a great idea, it was interesting to see the domains put forward and opinions on the best name.

    There was always going to be a couple of risks regarding the winning name:
    1 – the owner sees all the praise for their domain and starts to rethink the pricetag
    2 – they start to receive offers from other people who try to snap up the name

    Or as you say, maybe they’re on holiday, I guess time will tell. I’ll be interested to see pick number 2 if it comes to that – hopefully you won’t have the same issue!

    Also wanted to say thanks for the copy of your book for guessing the winning name. So far it’s a great read!

    Cheers

    Luke

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  • Seb May 14, 2012, 5:45 pm

    $1200 is a bargain..the owner would be dumb to sell it for that much

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    • Morgan May 15, 2012, 8:06 am

      Great feedback everyone and definitely a lot of lessons here.

      @PoorUncle – I think you are spot-on, next time I should secure the domain before announcing the winner.

      @Nadia – thank you, I really appreciate it!

      @Seb – nobody forced this guy to submit the name, if he didn’t want to sell it for $1,200 he shouldn’t have posted on my blog that he would like to sell it for $1,200. It’s that simple.

      @Luke – interesting point and he could have very well sold it to someone else for more money and decided to ignore me. If so I wish the new owner all the best with it either way!

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  • Tom May 14, 2012, 5:45 pm

    Maybe the buyer changed their mind, you didn’t have an exclusive contract, commitment on both sides, maybe he needed short term cash flow, and you took to long deciding, works both ways…

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  • Trey May 14, 2012, 6:25 pm

    Call registry
    He violates tos
    Domain gets forfeited is auctioned and mike Mann owns it and can then sell to you

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  • Nadia May 14, 2012, 7:05 pm

    That’s a great name, maybe he was willing to part with it because he owned the plural. It’s a great name for that price, I hope you get it figured out! I have no idea why he’d list it without any intention of following through (exposure, sure, but still, it’s a bit odd).

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  • 4093057 May 14, 2012, 9:32 pm

    @trey, yeah and mike would sell it for 10k+. Morgan probably wouldn’t buy it for that since he didn’t chase it originally.

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  • Poor Uncle May 14, 2012, 10:00 pm

    Morgan…next time, how about complete purchase the name first before announce the winner?

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  • Richard May 14, 2012, 11:55 pm

    You can have BrideBrochure.com for that if you want. lol

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  • Dave May 15, 2012, 1:58 am

    @Seb – you jackass

    I noticed he had the plural too as Andy said. He can’t sell just one. It would be like leaving one at the alter.

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