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Discussion in 'E-Commerce' started by mrbritish, Jun 29, 2011.

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  1. mrbritish

    mrbritish

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    i am thinking of opening another website
    but after checking if my domain was available=

    DOMAIN-SHOP.CO.UK

    i have found a competitor is useing

    DOMAINSHOP.co.uk

    minus the hyphen

    they also sell the same products as i will be selling
    whats everyones thoughts on me useing this domain ???
    and any possible legal issues:confused:
  2. beacon hill

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    Re: domain name

    Snap ! (almost)

    Another seller of the same product

    Only difference they have added the hyphen in the domain name and also the email

    I was there couple of years ahead of them

    Dont think there,s anything you can do
  3. beacon hill

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    Re: domain name

    I sometimes have a bit of fun with this though

    My starts myemail@ ******.co.uk
    Theirs is my-email@ *****.co.uk

    One of their customers emailed me by mistake last week (thinking it was my rival)

    They asked if their £2000 gear had been despatched
    I replied saying I know nothing about the order

    OK, could have simply said he had mistakenly emailed the wrong seller (but I did,nt :eek:)

    Serves the other guy right for knicking my name
  4. LoopBook7

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    Re: domain name

    No legal issues with domain names being similar. It's perfectly fine to have hyphens,etc in there and plurals. Good idea to protect yourself from competitors by buying up any similar ones that you'd prefer the competition not to have................
  5. Michael

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    Re: domain name

    Not a good idea to start something in the same sector as someone with such a similar domain name but regardless of that I would stay away from any domains with a hyphen.


    There is a wine producer in Australia with a wine range the same name as our company name and use the same domain but with a different ending... we have the .com and .co.uk and they use the .com.au Very annoying but has never been a problem, if it was in the UK I would have done something about it as we have the limited company registered.
  6. Gary

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    I wouldn't advise using a hyphonated domain name, especially whan a competitor has the one without the hyphon, the reason why is simple, if people hear your name and google you, they will hear "domain shop", not "domain hyphon shop" ergo they will google and find the other company, same applies with word of mouth, if you have a satisfied customer and they recommend you, they will probably do the same when saying your name, you will basically end up drumming up business for your competitor, I would strongly advise to go back to the drawing board!
  7. mrbritish

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  8. Andy777

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    As Michael & Gary pointed out - not a good idea at all!

    Why would you want to dilute/share your brand with a competitor?

    Take a look @ these 10 Tips on how to find a good domain name for your website:

    http://ecommercemagnates.com/domain-names/
  9. mrbritish

    mrbritish

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    thanks andy
    basicly my current site is
    shooting-glasses
    and i wanted to open another
    shooting-shop
    to keep it linked to my main site
    deffo back to the drawing board thinking up a name as most i wanted are taken
  10. beacon hill

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    Sorry if I,ve got this wrong (not very tech minded)

    Can you have another web site as a sub domain of shooting-glasses
    This way you dont have to start again with a brand new domain name, that may take
    ages to be picked up by google.

    As I said I,m not very tech minded on domains etc (so please dont jump on me if I,ve got this completety wrong :cool:)

    I,m just sugesting, as I recently had another web site set up as a sub domain of my
    .co.uk site, and its on P1 of google search after a month or so

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