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Advice: Client Has Taken Domain Without Paying

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Dr Acula, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. Dr Acula

    Dr Acula Junior Member

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    Thinking I could trust a client to pay for a domain (they're a reputable company), I sent them a domain. After 48 hours, they have ignored my emails, and of course all requests to pay. The domain was sent to them from my Godaddy account to theirs.

    Naturally, I've learned never to do this in the future. But what do you suggest are my options now?

    DA
     
  2. tony_d

    tony_d Elite Member

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    It would appear that they are in fact not a reputable company.
     
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  3. Gyuman82

    Gyuman82 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    It's only been 48 hrs, maybe wait a bit more?

    But definitely sounds bad already tho lol
     
  4. Dr Acula

    Dr Acula Junior Member

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    I'll let you have that, Tony_d. Had just woken up when writing this post. Congratulations; you're in a small club.
     
  5. funkybunker

    funkybunker Supreme Member

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    NEVER send before payment. Glad you learned, unfortunately it was the painful way.
     
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    Duffers5000 Elite Member

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    Sounds like good news to me if its on your account.

    Make sure you charge them $5000 renewal fee when the domain is up for renewal next year !
     
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  7. Dr Acula

    Dr Acula Junior Member

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    No. The domain was transferred from my Godaddy account to their Godaddy account.

    However, I do love how your mind works!
     
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  8. Promethean

    Promethean Newbie

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    First of all, keep all correspondence.
    Take it up with GoDaddy, although GoDaddy have a bit of a track reputation for being useless at disputes.
    If you have the physical address of the company, write them a physical letter, with a letterhead and everything. Companies pay more attention to letters than email.

    A lot of companies try and pay as late as they possibly can for cash flow reasons. Just keep reminding them. Ultimately, that's all you can really do for now.
     
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  9. Dr Acula

    Dr Acula Junior Member

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    Thanks for this reply, Promethean. I'm in new territory here and almost completely clueless about how to react to such a situation. The advice is much appreciated and I'll put it into action today.

    Cheers!
     
  10. buzzcore

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    Always make them sign a contract before anything happens. Don't exchange services/products to companies without a contract. I learnt this very quickly starting by business. Also, have a late payment clause. For example, for every week a client is late on paying me I charge a late payment fee of £100. I have never had to charge this even if they are a little late, it is just there in case they I haveto take them to court. It isn't worth going to court for £500, but for £500 + £1500 in late fees? That is worth taking to court.