Sammy Buys Domain Name for $12  domain name was purchased by Sammy Ved for a mere $12, though the joy lasted for few minutes as the system recognized the problem and cancelled the sale, refunding the money. It is an example of how big companies need to realize how vulnerable domain name systems are and the need to protect and manage their domain names. Glitches do happen, if it can happen to Google, it can surely happen to your domain name!

Sammy Ved details his experience on Linkedin of how he ended up owning though for a small while. Searching through the Google domains interface, he found was available, he added it to his domain buying cart, and did actually manage to buy domain name. he completed the purchase, and his credit card was charged. The domain also got added to the Google webmaster console and he got confirmatory details of domain ownership!

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Obviously the system realized the problem, cancelled the sale and fixed the issue. Incidentally Sammy is an ex-Googler and reported it to Google security.  Well so is back with Google.

Incidentally Google also has a history of deleting the official Google blog, and someone else grabbed the blogspot url! Of course it was a Google service and they could get it back easily.

Either way buying expired domain names is a big business and you should always be careful to protect your domain name. Its a good idea to lock domain names, register domains for a long 10 years,  remember to check that domain contacts are working and of course set it to autorenew. Remember when 9rules domain expired

Buying domains of brand names / celebrities (remember Jeffery Archer!) is big business and called cybersquatting. Selling the owners back their rightful domain earns huge money for the cybersquatter, unless a legal course might let the owners get back their domain name without the premium. Google got lucky was registered with their own service Google domains – any other registrar and it would have been gone…


  1. ravinder says:

    That sound so great :) He was owner of Google for moment.

  2. anand says:

    one day we will also think like this ,when we will be successfull for our website.As Sammy Ved .

  3. Md. Musaddeque Hossain Mia says:

    Wow it,s a really awesome news.Only $12 Domain now where reach.Thanks for Share .

  4. Raphael says:

    Wow, that was a close one. I should research more about cyber-squatting.

  5. Indian says:

    Can you tell me how to extend the domain purchased through Google for more than one year as domains purchased thru Google are extendable only for One year.

  6. detikbola says:

    its really awesome..
    only $12 to buy domain.
    thx for shere

  7. Deepak Gupta says:

    Thanks your this Quick Tip with real example!

  8. Akshat says:

    Really interesting news. Also you must be aware of copyright / trademark with domain name buying.

  9. Michael says:

    why this funny thing happened. is a Big Domain. And It’s Just for 12 Dollars? I can’t Believe it. Why didn’t they secure their domain.
    Bad Luck for Sammy Ved

  10. Axel johansson says:

    Isnt google worth like a gazillion potential dollars in ad revenue? and buys it for 12$ xD

  11. Fahim says:

    Sometimes chance is on our side all what we need to do is to well exploit it.

  12. Mario Nimal says:

    It’s amusing how short-lived Sammy’s joy must have been.

  13. taxipleasantonca says:

    this is insane, how should we monitored that kind of activities for our owned domains???

  14. Viver agora says:

    Wow, that was a close one. I should research more about cyber-squatting.

  15. Jimmy says:

    This is incredible! Do you buy this domain for only 12$?!

  16. Raigh Peter says:

    Damn, I wish I could get that chance and direct it to my site. So that I can make a million per day. What a chance!.

  17. sonalimishra says:

    its very nice.It’s amusing how short-lived Sammy’s joy must have been.

  18. Lapak Barcode says:

    wow -_- i think sold out :3

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  20. vicky says:

    A man who bought the domain name for $12 and owned it for about a minute has been rewarded by Google for uncovering

  21. VIGNESH A says:

    A man who bought the domain name for $12 and owned it for about a minute has been rewarded by Google for uncovering the process

  22. Remover Tatuagem says:

    Wow it’s insane. I will try to buy a Facebook hahahaha

  23. Douglas Borges says:

    Going to check the security of my domains in 3.. 2.. 1… :) I can’t believe that happens…

  24. wanda says:

    Congratulations on the matter. This makes us aware of how to take care of our domains, because if it happened to google, it could happen to anyone.

  25. Jackson S Fernandes says:

    Wow, that was a close one. I should research more about cybersquatting.

  26. Jefferson says:

    I always buy domain expired.

  27. Alanis says:

    Considering that domain names are distributed without prior verification of the requested name registration, it was often common to find conflicts between these names and trademarks. This happened to me, but I got it back! The ideal is to protect your brand against traffic misuse. Anti-cybersquatting is a service that allows you to monitor daily the domain names that use your brand or your name.

  28. Silvano Cardoso says:

    Wow, is a Nice news. For U$$ 12 it’s really?

  29. Fernando says:

    Who would not like to have a domain like that for a few moments, Sammy he did it! for a short time.

  30. Maquina says:

    Incredible this article. Buying expired domains is very good for anyone who wants to start with an authority website!

  31. robots says:

    I don’t understand. Where was the domain purchased? How could he buy it if it’s already registered?

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