Last Time I Used SEDO: 5 Alternative Domains Escrows


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I sold a domain name today and was negatively surprised by the high commission by Sedo for virtually no work. They are one of Europe’s largest domain escrows, but also the most overpriced (4 times more expensive than most competitors). Their ridiculous pricing is the main reason why I don’t want to use SEDO for domain sales or domain purchases anymore and I suggest you do the same. After all, there are many excellent alternative domain escrows around.

What do SEDO charge for?

When doing a domain sales through, you handle all the ownership changes yourself. Obviously, you need to enter Nominet and send a transaction request to the buyer. All Sedo does is a) collecting the money (which can be done by anyone) and b) Help the domain buyer if they have any queries (which they usually don’t have). Anyone can do that and their support is not even very sophisticated with regards to domain queries (I’ve tried them before).

Why is SEDO not an alternative?

15 % in transaction fee IF you don’t have a ‘buy now price’ is simple too much. I was not aware of the commission difference between ‘buy now’ and ‘make offer’ and explained to SEDO’s support that the price was agreed in advance. However, it was not possible to change anything about the final offer was made.

What do other domain escrow companies charge?

I’ve used a few times and it’s a very professional domain escrow company. Standard commission is only 3.25 %, which in comparison to Sedo’s 15 % is a real bargain! If you care about commissions during frequent domain sales, usually charge sligtly lower than 3 %. Lowest domain commission of all all domain brokers comes from, only 1 % of the sales price. They also offer excellent rates for domain name swaps, domain leasing and financing. If you have large domain transactions, MissDomain is also a good alternative with a fixed domain transaction fee of €50. For small domain transactions, might also be an alternative, charging 2.5 % sales commission.

What is your experience with domain sales and which market places and domain brokers do you use?


2 Responses

  1. Jay

    09/03/2013, 03:05 pm

    Great comments. Sedo is a total rip off on commissions as you indicated. If I sell domains on Sedo I also price in the commissions.
    One thing you don’t mention is the parking. I have parked almost 200 domains with Sedo but keywords do not seem to direct any advertising. My low click rate is a direct result of Sedo’s lack of targeting. If I have a gardening site, for example, with key words related to plants and gardening the ads on the page will be education, car loans, and just about anything besides the reason people visit the site.
    Thanks for offering the alternatives and I hope this is a wake up call to Sedo. I am shopping around for alternative sites to park my almost 200 domains currently listed with Sedo.

  2. Markus Jalmerot

    09/20/2013, 10:51 am

    You’re right Jay. I stopped domain parking with them over 5-6 years ago. It’s surely better to develop your domains instead and if you’re looking for Ad-revenue – Adsense is better.

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