What’s in a name?

Posted on December 8, 2011 | http://p0wel.ly/2b

Being someone who has grown up with the internet I have always played around with having my own website. It has gone through several changes of domain up to the most recent andy-powell.net. Now there are a couple of things I don’t like about this domain, it goes against the advice I give people about choosing a domain name that being go for the .com where available and avoid hypens.

Some time ago I discovered that andypowell.com was available for sale, so I enquired to buydomains.com about its purchase price.

The response $2000!

They did however say “BuyDomains will entertain all reasonable offers. ”

So I replied;

While I am interested in the domain, for a personal blog the price is well above what I would be willing to pay and in reality if you value it at that then any offer I would make I imagine would be rather insulting.

I wouldn’t be willing to pay more than a few of hundred dollars for a vanity domain.

No Response.

Anyway as the months passed I got various emails from Neil Kavanauugh, like the one below offering discounts of up to $25% but that’s still $1500 and that’s a lot of money for something you just tinker around with.

Hello Andy Powell,

A reminder that our once-a-year holiday is underway: you still have time to take advantage! Purchase a qualifying domain* by December 11th, 2011 and save 20%!

Because you previously inquired about andypowell.com, we are sending you this special savings opportunity.This offer is time-sensitive: the faster you act, the more you save.

Purchase a qualifying domain and you are eligible for these savings:

December 1st — December 11th — save 20%
December 12th — December 22nd — save 15%
December 23rd — December 31st — save 10%

It’s not too late to secure the name you want for your business… Start 2012 off with a great Internet address.

Call 1-866-722-9500 (US) or +1 781-839-2850 (Worldwide), or email {Email Removed} and mention code DECHOLIDAYBD to claim your holiday savings.


Neil Kavanaugh
National Sales Manager, BuyDomains

So Neil is pretty keen on selling me my own name, after all he has emailed me half a dozen times since I first enquired, and that got me to wondering who owned Neils name…

and a few minutes later…

I do!


So Neil Kavanaugh, National Sales Manager of BuyDomains.com, I don’t have $2000, or $1500, or even $500 for that matter to spend of a vanity domain, but I did have £9.99 and an account with 123-reg.

Maybe I can interest you in a swap?


Andy Powell is a website specialist with 20 years experience, he is also the founder of Hack Oldham, a non profit co-working and maker space, a digital trainer and a maker of things.

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8 Replies to "What's in a name?"

  • Rico
    December 8, 2011 (4:50 pm)

    Brilliant 😀

  • Dave
    December 9, 2011 (4:42 pm)

    Excellent! Now, I wonder what’d happen if you started posting content on NeilKavanaugh.com and got it up the search rankings? At the moment, Mr. K.’s Linkedin pages come first…but I’m sure that could be knocked off the top spot 😉
    That might interest him – if he really exists, that is 😉

    • andy
      December 9, 2011 (6:07 pm)

      Found him on facebook and twitter too! I suspect he is a real person which did surprise me, I’m sure if Neil Kavanaugh is mentioned enough on this page it will rank.

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  • Dena
    February 27, 2012 (7:39 pm)

    Love it! They always come back with that $2k price for ANY domain you inquire about. 😛

  • Dave
    April 27, 2012 (1:25 pm)

    I haven’t heard from Neil Kavanaugh or BuyDomains.com for a long time (I reference both just to raise the ranking of this page, natch.).
    I wonder why he’s not interested in his own name?

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