Brand Owls

Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

What is the Goal of Brand Owls?

Our mission here at Brand Owls. is to provide our clients with access to the most beautiful and up to data cutting edge brand names, combined with great graphic design which distils the spirit of the name to create a memorable brand. We believe in the growth and potential of all those who opt to use our services, as such each post-sale experience is tailored to the clients specific needs.

 

Who is your service for?

Anyone who needs a new business domain name! Our clients are mostly start-ups and entrepreneurs. However, we also serve people looking to name a blog or product as well as change the name of their existing company and give it a new fresh image.

Brand Owls was born out of our own frustration of thinking of a name for a company, only to find that the matching .com domain name is:

  • Already in use
  • Doesn’t seem to be in use, but you can’t tell if it is for sale, or
  • Listed for sale by an inexperienced seller, at an unrealistic price. 

By providing a list of domain names that are available for sale, at prices that are based on 7 years of sales experience and kept in a business-friendly range, we hope to eliminate that frustration for you!

What is a "brandable" domain name?

Sometimes called “vessel” names, the majority of the domains on Brand Owls are non-keyword names that have no specific meaning. While our names may not have a direct relation to your business or product, they can convey qualities that are important to your company (like strength), or an overall feeling (like youth and fun).

Names that are free from keywords become strong brands over time, and allow you to expand your business without being restricted (and having to change your name in the future). If Google had launched as “SearchEngine.com”, their brand wouldn’t have become a verb, and they wouldn’t have been able to develop the many different products they are now famous for.

Remember, a brand starts with a good name, but the brand itself is a result of communicating your personal voice and priorities to your customers through your business as a whole.

 

Do your domains come with existing trademarks or international registration?

No.  In order to apply for a trademark or registration, we would need to know specifics about the business like: location, type/industry, and what services the company/product will provide.  Since our versatile domains can be purchased by anyone for any use, it would not be possible for us to file a trademark in advance.

We recommend that you do some research and/or seek legal advice to ensure that the name you are interested in does not have an existing trademark by a competitor in your industry.  If the name is not trademarked, or has a trademark unrelated to how you plan to use it, then you have a good chance of being able to trademark the name yourself.  If there is an existing trademark, keep in mind that, as long as your business is in a different industry, you may still be able to file a trademark for the name.

 

How often are new domain names added?

We add new names to our portfolio on an almost daily basis. 

Can I trade you a domain I own for one on your website?

Though we appreciate your interest, we do not accept barter deals or trade offers.  Brand Owls is an open marketplace, so the domains listed are not all necessarily owned by us.  However, if you own a domain that you feel might be a good fit for our market, you are always welcome to submit it to our team for review.  To start the process, simply submit a name through our Domain Owners section.

Purchasing

What do I get when I purchase a name?

When you buy a domain name from Brand Owls you will become the new owner of the domain, and it will remain yours as long as you renew your yearly registration with your domain name registrar.  There are no recurring costs from Brand Owls. We also do not lease domains.

You are also welcome to have and use the example logo that is shown along side the domain name.  We can send you the original graphics file, usually in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop format, so that you can modify and resize it if needed.

What payment options do you accept?

Our secure online checkout accepts all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover along with this we also accept PayPal and Bitcoin.  In certain cases we will accept a bank wire transfer.  Please contact a sales representative at [email protected] for additional information.

How long does the domain transfer take?

Once payment has been received and cleared (immediately for credit card and PayPal, longer for wire transfers and eCheck), we start the domain transfer process. The transfer can take anywhere between 1-8 business days, depending on the registrar where the domain is currently registered, and the registrar that you prefer to use.  Typically if you choose to use the same registrar where the domain currently resides, the transfer is the quickest since the domain only changes accounts.  If you choose a different registrar, there is an ICANN-mandated waiting period of 5 days that starts after the current owner has approved the transfer.

Since Brand Owls is an open marketplace and the domains are owned by several different people, the transfer time can be affected depending on the response time of the seller.  We do our best to speed the transfer process by training our escrow team to facilitate communication between you and the seller and to eliminate common roadblocks.

Is the logo included with my purchase?

The logo designs featured with our domain names are designed to help you visualize what the brand could look like.  If you would like to have and use the sample logo, you have the option to.  We can send you the original graphics file, usually in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop format, so that you can modify and resize it if needed. If you choose to not use the sample logo, there is no reduction in the total price of the domain.

Can I make an offer?

We believe in reducing hassle through upfront pricing.  Unlike other domain marketplaces that rarely show a listing price, which requires you to start a lengthy negotiation process with the seller, Brand Owls requires each and every name to have a set price. A suitable price range is recommended by our staff based on the name’s quality and our 7-years experience selling brandable domain names.

However, every few months we do re-evaluate the pricing of our older domains.  Please be sure to check back regularly for any updates.  If you would like some help finding a name within a particular budget, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for assistance.

What is a domain registrar?

A domain name registrar is an organization or company that is accredited by ICANN to sell and register domain names.  They store the domain owner’s contact information, which can be seen by doing a WHOISsearch. All domain names for sale on Brand Owls are already registered at one of several registrars. When you purchase a domain at Brand Owls, you must already have an account at a registrar, or create one before we can transfer the domain to you.

We work directly with Host Ur Biz and it is our recomended registrar. Host Ur Biz deals directly with startups and has client accounts with domains worth into the millions of dollers. 

Finding a Brand

How does the search work?

We suggest starting your search with one keyword that is relevant to your business (“music”), or a word that describes the type of name your are looking for (“strong”).  Because the majority of the domains on Brand Owls are unique — and not keyword combinations — your search results will display names that contain your search term in the description, keywords and possible usage texts, and not necessarily names that contain your search term in the domain itself.

How do I sort my search results?

After narrowing your list of domains by either browsing categories or using the search bar, you can sort your search results in one of the following ways:

  • Date added, newest to oldest (the default)
  • Date added, oldest to newest
  • Price, lowest to highest
  • Price, highest to lowest
  • Alphabetically

How do I filter my search results by price?

After narrowing your domain search by selecting a category or doing a search, you can filter your results by price range.  In the brand names sorting bar under sort by price.

How do I browse by topic/industry?

At the top of the page you will see a brand names categories tab. Just scroll over this and you will see all the different topic & industry types. 

Trademark Search

United States trademark search resources

Brand Owls recommends the following services for online trademark research. These tools are a compliment to, not a replacement for, professional legal advice.

European Union trademark search resources

Brand Owls recommends the following service for online research for trademarks registered in the EU. This tool is a compliment to, not a replacement for, professional legal advice.