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UNIVERSAL TERMS OF SERVICE AGREEMENT

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Subject: User Agreement / User Site Rules

Last Revised: 9/11/2019

PLEASE READ THIS UNIVERSAL TERMS OF SERVICE AGREEMENT CAREFULLY, AS IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND REMEDIES. 

This user agreement will and can be modified at any time.

This agreement is in conjunction to the Universal Terms of Service Agreement of Domain Honcho Auctions and any applicable services or sites which are operated by Domain Honcho LLC.

This notification is the Domain Honcho Auction User Agreement.  This agreement is for your use of web sites owned or operated by, and services offered by, Domain Honcho LLC, a Texas limited liability company. This Agreement contains the terms and conditions for your use of our online and assisted ("Service" or "Services") as described and available under or through the domain, sub-domains, and affiliated domains of domainhoncho.com (dh.domains) and is in conjunction with any specific terms and conditions that apply to the particular Services.  At all times Buyers and Sellers remain bound by the terms and conditions of this Domain Marketplace Agreement and those policies related to listing, negotiating, buying and selling Domains on the auction platform where posted on the Site or found in the agreement or polices of the Site. 

Market Platform Rules for Sellers

Following our rules for sellers helps Domain Honcho ensure secure and painless transactions for domain sales. Domain Honcho rules for sellers apply to domains sold through the Domain Honcho Auctions market platform.


What is not permitted on Domain Honcho Auctions (Sellers)

Refusal to Complete a Transaction (Sellers)

You must complete Domain transactions if your offer has been accepted.  This acceptance is associated with a willing buyer who is readily able to buy. Accepting an offer constitutes a legally binding agreement and thorough consideration should be conducted prior to acceptance. As soon as the  offer has been accepted by the seller, the buyer has a legal right to consider enforced in a court of law. Sellers that have refused to complete an accepted transaction will risk having their accounts suspended immediately.

Listing offensive domains

As a global domain marketplace, Domain Honcho does not engage in selective censorship of which domains people wish to buy or sell. However, we have created a set of guidelines to determine whether the offensive nature of specific terms will be allowed placement in our Domain Database.    reserves the right not to list domains that violate our Offensive Domain Policy.

Listing trademark protected domains

Buyer's must conduct due diligence prior to purchase of a domain(s) to ensure that there are no domain(s) that can be subject to trademark or intellectual property protections. Domain Honcho prohibits the purchase or sale of domains containing use of trademark protected terms. If you would like to research whether a particular domain is protected by trademark rights.  To check trademark rights go to uspto.gov/trademark or click here to the trademark database search.

When you list a domain for sale in the Domain Honcho marketplace you are representing that you are the legal owner of the domain and that the domain is free of any legal proceedings challenging your right to use the domain. This includes domains which infringe upon the rights of international trademark owners. Before listing a domain for sale in the marketplace, it is your responsibility to perform the necessary research to ensure that your domain does not infringe the intellectual property rights of a third party. Often, sellers only become aware of potential trademark issues after listing their domains for sale in the marketplace. When this occurs, sellers must remove such domains until legal clarification has been made. Domain Honcho reserves the right to remove domains from our marketplace which, in Domain Honcho’s sole discretion, may infringe or violate the proprietary rights of any third party.

Self Submitted Offers for Your Own Domains

Inflation by Self-bidding undermines trust in the Domain Honcho marketplace and is strictly prohibited. Self-bidding is the deliberate act of placing bids on your domains, the domains of your family or friends, or any offer otherwise submitted without the intent to follow-through should your bid be accepted, to artificially raise the price of a domain and is not allowed. To avoid the appearance of being involved in this activity, family members, friends, and individuals living together, working together, or sharing a computer should not bid on each other’s items.

Solicitation of an offsite sale

Soliciting domain sales outside of the Domain Honcho Auctions marketplace for the purpose of circumventing fees that would otherwise be due to Domain Honcho is strictly prohibited. This includes using user contact information obtained from Domain Honcho Auctions or using any of our services or features to offer to sell any listed domains outside of the Domain Honcho Auctions marketplace or sending unsolicited commercial email offers to bidders that have bid on your domains, or any domains listed on the Domain Honcho Auctions marketplace.

Failure to keep Account up-to-date

When listing a domain for sale, sellers agree to keep any data which they have added to the domain marketplace up-to-date. If a domain has been sold, the seller must remove it from the marketplace. Furthermore, sellers must remove domains from the domain marketplace immediately if a warning has been issued, or as soon as any knowledge has been received that the rights of a third party or existing laws could be violated by the listing. This shall apply until legal clarification of the situation has been concluded.

Reporting a Violation of Domain Honcho’s Rules for Buyers

If a domain Buyer has failed to follow any of the rules above, has refused to complete a sale and payment has not been sent.  You may report the Buyer to Domain Honcho Auctions by submitting an email via our contact page. While it is your right to seek judicial enforcement of your sales agreement, Domain Honcho may choose to issue a formal warning, a temporary suspension of the buyer’s account, or canceling their account. When filing a complaint against a buyer it is important to include any documentation of the buyer's refusal to complete the sale with the full message text and complete email headers. Our Privacy Policy prevents Domain Honcho from discussing the result of an investigation or information while an investigation is being conducted.  As a seller, your account may be temporarily suspended during the investigation or cancelled depending on the outcome of the investigation if the seller is at fault.

Rights of Domain Honcho

Please see Rights of Domain Honcho Policy Letter.  This covers the rights of Domain Honcho during violations of both Buyer and Seller. This policy also covers the rights of Domain Honcho pertaining to matters of policies and agreements.

                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                               What is not permitted on Domain Honcho Auctions (Buyers)

Market Platform Rules for Buyers

Following our rules for buyers helps Domain Honcho ensure secure and painless transactions for domain sales. Domain Honcho rules for sellers apply to domains sold through the Domain Honcho Auctions marketplace.

Interfering with offers of other users

Users of Domain Honcho Auctions are strictly prohibited from interfering with another user's attempt to either purchase or sell a domain name(s). Users are not permitted to email buyers in an open or completed transaction to warn them away from a seller or item. If you have an issue with any transaction, please review our User’s Rights of Protection and/or submit a general complaint through our contact form.

Refusal to complete a purchase after a successful bid

If a bid or offer is accepted by the seller, the Buyer is automatically entered into a legally binding contract to agree on purchasing the domain or agreement of the seller’s offer to sell the domain to you as the Buyer.  Before accepting bids or offers as a Buyer do your due diligence or exercise cautious considerations before purchase of a domain.  The Domain Honcho Auction user agreement explains requirement of all buyers to commit to purchase of a domain if the Buyer has accepted the offer, sales price or agreement between both the Buyer and Seller of the price used to make the purchase.  Any buyer that willfully and deliberately refuses to complete the purchase of the domain in which the Buyer has agreed to the winning bid or offer by the Seller, will become in most cases liable to the Seller for breach of the sales contract in which the Buyer and Seller are parties.

Solicitation of sales outside of Domain Honcho Auctions

Domain Honcho prohibits offers via outside communication from the auction platform.  This includes social media private messaging, email or any other means of communication of solicitation in which are to conduct willful intent to avoid payment of commission or fees to Domain Honcho or intent of fraudulent use.  Most of all this is to protect both buyers and sellers from potential fraud.  

This includes, but not limit to

Any collected information by use of the platform to make offers to buy or sell a domain listed or brokered outside of Domain Honcho or Domain Honcho Auctions.

Any cancellations of a domain listing or agreement brokered to sell to a buyer who has become aware of the domain through accomplished efforts of Domain Honcho. 

Any cancellations of a domain listing early in the attempt to sell at a higher price to the winning bidder to avoid paying commission to Domain Honcho.

Any phishing attempts by use of the platform to cause fraud or fraudulent transactions in or outside of the platform.

Any domain purchases outside of Domain Honcho Auctions or Domain Honcho does not cover you as a Buyer or Seller. This is to ensure smooth transfers and purchases.

Bid Retractions

Any bid or bids, offers, counter-offers and agreed negotiated price constitutes a binding agreement.  This binding agreement is good for 5 days or unless agreed upon by both the Seller and Buyer that the bid, offer or counter-offer can be retracted.   Sellers are similarly bound to commit to their offers for the same time period.

Purchasing domains protected by trademark rights

Buyer's must conduct due diligence prior to purchase of a domain(s) to ensure that there are no domain(s) that can be subject to trademark or intellectual property protections. Domain Honcho prohibits the purchase or sale of domains containing use of trademark protected terms. If you would like to research whether a particular domain is protected by trademark rights,  go to uspto.gov/trademark or click here to the trademark database search.

Reporting a Violation of Domain Honcho’s Rules for Sellers

When filing a complaint against a seller it is important to include any documentation of the seller's refusal to complete the sale with the full message text and complete email headers. Our Privacy Policy prevents Domain Honcho from discussing the result of an investigation or information while an investigation is being conducted.  While it is your right to seek judicial enforcement of your sales agreement, Domain Honcho may choose to issue a formal warning, a temporary suspension of the seller’s account, or canceling their account.   To report violations please click here to contact us.

Rights of Domain Honcho

Please see Rights of Domain Honcho Policy Letter.  This covers the rights of Domain Honcho during violations of both Buyer and Seller. This policy also covers the rights of Domain Honcho pertaining to matters of policies and agreements.


Revised: 9/11/2019

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