How to Buy a Domain Name That’s Already Registered

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Just because a domain name is already registered doesn’t mean you can’t buy it. Many people offer their own domains for sale, and often it’s cheaper than you might expect.

If the domain name you want is already taken, here’s what you can do.

  1. Search on Namecheap to see if it’s listed for sale.

Many domain owners list domain names for sale with services linked to Namecheap. If the owner of the domain you want has done this, you’ll see that the domain is available for purchase at a premium: example pricing

You only pay the premium price once for .com domains. The domain renews for regular prices after that.

Buying a premium domain on Namecheap is secure and the domain name is transferred to your account almost instantaneously.

  1. Check if the domain name has a contact form.

You’ve probably come across many “parked pages” on domain names. These are usually one-page websites that are full of links or ads.

People who register domains for later sale will often ‘park’ them while they wait for a buyer. These parked pages sometimes have a link that says “Buy This Domain.” Clicking this link will show a price or let you make an offer on the domain name.

If you really want a domain that is already registered, it’s a great idea to visit the domain to see if it’s being used for an actual website or is just parked. If it’s parked, you can contact the owner from there.

  1. Find out how to contact the owner through Whois.

If the domain isn’t listed for sale on and there’s no link to contact the owner through the site, it’s time to turn to a domain search (WHOIS) to find out who owns the domain.

WHOIS is a directory that tells you who owns a domain name. You can search for a domain on WHOIS and get the owner’s address, phone number and email address.

From there, the easiest way to contact a domain owner is through email. Just send them a friendly email asking if they are willing to sell their domain name and if so, for how much.

Some domain name owners won’t respond to emails about buying a domain because they get a lot of inquiries. Try calling the domain owner if you don’t hear back a few days after sending the email. If all else fails, do it the old-fashioned way: write a letter and send it via snail mail. You’d be surprised how often this works!

  1. If all else fails, try registering a different extension or top level domain.

If you really need to use a specific domain because it matches your business or personal name, but you can’t get the owner of the .com version to agree to sell it to you, consider a different top level domain. For example, rather than consider registering or

Don’t give up!

There are lots of ways to get a great domain that fits your website. Be sure to search the next time you have an idea for the perfect domain, and we’ll be sure to show you all of your options!

10 thoughts on “How to Buy a Domain Name That’s Already Registered”

  1. I have researched some expired domain names as well as others going to expire soon. NameCheap is one of my best domain registrars, already have many domains with you guys.
    Now, in future if I need to buy expire domain I’ll sure use the above guide.


  2. Thanks for sharing pretty nice information. Yes, there are some good domains out available for sale. I am already using namecheap to register all my domains. I will instantly buy premium domain if its good for SEO purpose.

  3. It is good you shared the above information as i have come to learn that when buying a premium domain, that i should consider premium domain names that are good for SEO purpose Thanks fr sharing the information.

  4. While surfing the internet late last night I never knew that there were so many domains on the web! I was astonished to know that people who register domains for later sale will often ‘park’ them while they wait for a buyer. If I ever need a website in the future I will be sure to keep that in mind for future use!

  5. When i going to search domain. his information is in private. How can i contact the owner. Is there any method?

    1. You can try to contact the domain owner using the email listed on the Whois record. They should receive the notification if their (hidden) email address is up-to-date, though they may not choose to reply.

  6. i come across a domain name, registered with you, listed as taken and on the right side says “make offer”. the owner say never listed for sale as he/she does her private sale. Some other registrars are selling this name (registered with you) for the starting price way lower than the owner requests on her website. I am confused.

    1. Without knowing the domain in question, it’s very difficult to speculate. Domain owners do not have to make their domains available for purchase, nor do they have to respond to queries. They are also free to list it for sale anywhere that such listings are available. The best thing to do is to try to reach out to the owner and see if they are willing to negotiate.

      If you have more questions about this or would like assistance with a specific domain, please feel free to reach out to our customer support team.

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