Contents of this post are the opinion of Joe Barnett.
I’m not sure if I should be upset or not. I may have a personal problem but I wanted to weigh in on a domain name issue today. I had a customer misunderstand my web address and typed it in pleural rather than singular…inspections…
Turns out Nick Gromicko owns the web address and bought it the same year I went into business and became an INTERNACHI member.
Furthermore, of the many thousands of domain names we’ve registered, we’ve only registered a handful of home inspection company domain names.
Furthermore, none of them, including this “never liked” one, was registered for anyone in your state of Texas. Company names are specific to states (in other words, two members in two different states can have the exact same company name). I know of at least 8 Bumble Bee inspection companies.
so if its not being used and you have a member crying foul (me) why dont you sell the domain so that it can benefit a member (me). You bought it for a member and he did not use it and I can definately use it.
Time for a little quiz everyone. Post your answers:
Q: If I register a company name, no one else can use the same name in ________
A: my market area. But they can use it outside of my market area.
B: my town. But they can use it outside of my town.
C: my county. But they can use it outside of my county.
D: my state. But they can use it outside of my state.
E. my country. But they can use it outside of my country.
F. No one else in the world can use my company name.
Nope. I’d be moving money from your pocket to a coat manufacturer who sells us custom coats at cost, which in turn are shipped to children in need. We run the charity at zero overhead. Every penny donated is spent on coats for kids. Then on top of that, Inspector Outlet donates all the packing and shipping. And then lastly, your inspection business website gets permanently displayed at Donors – Cozy Coats for Kids
And considering you went on a public forum and accused me of being a black hatter, buying up domain names similar to members’ URLs who recently joined to create a back link farm… how about something more than $50? Most coat drives are just big piles of used coats that poor children dig through to try to find something that fits. Cozy Coats for Kids allows each child to order the exact coat they want, the sex, the size, the style and the color. We then ship it right to them. It’s a new coat, the one they picked out, it’s theirs! This year I’m buying a commercial sewing machine and adding a little tag with their name on it. We’re also going to start supplying hats and gloves.
That is a reasonable request! Why not have an online auction for the URL now and see how much it will fetch? Then the OP will have an answer to his question of “how much” and he can buy it from the auction winner.