Fact or Fiction

A few days ago, while browsing the web, looking for domain news, I came across an article about buying domain names. The writer, who, for preservation of his/her dignity, shall remain unnamed, advised and made the statement, ‘not to buy a domain from someone living in a foreign country because it’s too complicated’ (!). Touché. I live and work out of Germany, so of course I am bothered by careless statements regarding the domain business.

I shook my head in disbelieve and had to think for a moment, what defines a foreign country in terms of global Internet trade. Surely, any country outside of someone’s current place of residence or business could basically be ‘foreign’. If indeed people would think, foreign trade is ‘complicated’, global commerce as we know it would come to a screeching halt.

Using the Internet since its infancy (that’s 25+ years) I have gradually come to realize that country borders don’t really matter - at least concerning the information superhighway. Having said this and wanting to assure those who are not sure if they should buy a domain name from someone half way around the globe, (yes, you can) I have added the information below to my site.

It just goes to show while it’s nice to have a free, uncensored Internet, where anybody can publish whatever - I often wonder if it's fact or fiction.

QUOTE from my site: Every one of my domains is registered and hosted by ICANN-accredited registrars in the United States of America (OMNIS.COM, MONIKER.COM) and Europe (UNITED-DOMAINS.DE, INWX.DE, BOOKMYNAME.COM) so there is never a problem with transferring a domain name to a new owner. UNQUOTE.