A New Way To Describe Non-Hyphenated Domains: “regular name”

gtldsI got an inquiry that started OK with a “Interested in this domain.” message and a $500 offer.

The domain in question was a 2 word .com.

The potential buyer continued with a message that included a description of non-hyphenated .com domain names that I had never heard before:

I have been in business for 10 years using the same domain with a hyphen – I am interested in getting the regular name.

I didn’t know that hyphenated domain names are irregular. But I guess the buyer likes irregular as I got this message after my quote:

I will not be held hostage by pirates like this guy. He can rot on this one. I can buy a lot of advertising for that money and use my hyphenated version.

Don’t be mistaken, he is talking about me and not someone else. I would rephrase his last words as:

“I can buy a lot of advertising for that money and use my IRREGULAR version.”

I send him one last message:

Thank you for being so professional.
Good luck.


About Konstantinos Zournas

I studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and I am now living in Athens, Greece. I went online in 1995, started coding in 1996 and began buying domain names and creating websites in 2000. I started the OnlineDomain.com blog in 2012.


  1. You should thank him in advance for the extra traffic you will receive from his marketing efforts.

  2. Yo, what new in Greece?

    All back to normal for NOW….till 2018

    Poor GTlds investors, they’re always taking a beating …everyday.
    As they said, they love to feel the pain.

    told ya..

  3. Been hanging on to my irregular black-dress.com and white-dress.com for a while now, any views on these irregulars ?? …..reluctantly renewed this year

  4. Yes, if the hyphen guy feels irregular, imagine what the gtld suckers …er…consumers…are about to feel.

    • “Yes, if the hyphen guy feels irregular, imagine what the gtld suckers …er…consumers…are about to feel.”

      Says Moe on the blog of the guy who invested $50K + in new gTLDs.

  5. Can definitely relate. Had a similar experience with someone who owns the L-LLL.com version of an LLLL.com I own.

    • ouch, thats a much worse version of a hyphen. With 2 words at least its redable, badly but readable. With L-LLL its just garabage.

  6. LOL@ “pirates like this guy” …
    Kostas, from now on I’ll call you the “pirate of the Greek seas” 🙂
    Let’s keep in touch for that business thing you know.

  7. Moving a business from a bad location to a better location (or even just an ancillary location) typically costs money. Especially when the business owner is asking another person to vacate his property to facilitate the process.

    Funny how avarice and resentment will turn the neighbor whose space we’d like to take over into a pirate who’s holding us hostage!

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