I was checking out a thread on Namepros where a couple members seem to be rather upset with enaming.com. Apparently the site is just listing names for sale where the owner gave them no authority. You need to ask people if they want to be on your site. I spoke to Mike Berkens who did say he gave permission to enaming on a non exclusive basis.
The other problem as I see it is the wording, when you click on a listing you see:
The Owner Of This Domain May Be Willing To Entertain A Sale Or Other Proposals.
Our exclusive domain name listings consist of filtered, hand picked, premium domain names. Each domain name is individually valued based on a series of unique attributes, variables, characteristics, and Owner’s needs.
According to Mike Berkens he did not give anyone exclusivity.
One member on Namepros, who is new and this was their first post, said:
We recently found one of our domains 50yearwater.com listed without our authorization as well.
What we find disturbing is that the eNaming website shows up in search results when looking for our website name and now people might get the impression that we are in the process of abandoning our domain name, website and business because ‘it is listed for sale’ on their website.
What eNaming and Tracy Fogarty do is harmful to the individual businesses that find themselves listed ‘for sale’ without their knowledge and authorization.
We are in the process of getting legal advice on this situation to find out if the overall business model used by eNaming (listing items for sale that are not actually available) is even legal.
After all, I can’t just list your house for sale and then knock on your door when I have a buyer for it.
Those are scam tactics in our opinion and we feel that anyone who finds themselves listed on their website as ‘for sale’ without having given permission, should consider getting legal advice as well, if they feel they could suffer financial harm by having customers become reluctant in doing business with you as a result of the unauthorized for sale listing.
I looked at the site and see some of my names on there, a couple which have been accepted by BrandBucket and they require exclusivity, so this is a problem if they are showing on enaming.com.
There are also potential UDRP concerns, and the $10,000 min offer, I have names listed I don’t want $10,000 for so this is not cool saying offers below $10,000 will be discarded.
Some of the more notable names for sale on enaming include the popular blog by Elliot Silver, DomainInvesting.com, DNW.com which redirects to DomainNameWire.com and parking sites Voodoo.com and Bodis.com.
This needs to get fixed as it does not look good. I am sure enaming may feel like the names are listed for sale other places, but that is not always the case. Secondly I entered into an agreement with Sedo and Go Daddy, I know what their commission is, what if a name got interest from enaming ? I have agreed to nothing, not because I wouldn’t do business with them, I did not know my names were on the website.