held hostage

For the last few years some dude who owns “Garside Property Managment” in Florida has owned I've emailed the dude over the years, but the emails always bounced. It came up for renewal in mid-August, and I was planning on buying it. However a cyber-squatter, which is part of the umbrella of companies bought it instead.

Last week I emailed to inquire how much they wanted for the domain. On Tuesday I got my answer.


That's right, nine thousand bucks for a domain that means NOTHING to anyone without my particular last name.

I emailed the dude back laughing in his face and saying that I'd rather pay a lawyer nine grand than pay them one red cent. I'm looking into what kind of recourse I have with ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. For less than $2,000.00 I can file a petition with them and possibly win my domain.

Or I can just continue using, which works pretty damn well in my opinion.

By Brian Garside

Brian is a digital experience expert, and part time internet superhero. He focuses on digital first design, digital strategies, content management, website usability, and user experience. He was part of the team behind BalanceDo, the co-founder of All New Comics, and the chief strategist at NorthIQ.