Pickydomains.com Picks You Dry

No this ones the biggest!!! 

Hi.
I have come across something really pretty disconcerting.  I think this has the potential to be a REALLY big scam!
There is a website called PickyDomains.com. They operate by getting people to register and submit suggestions for names for domain name website orders.  This really interested me as I am studying advertising and wanted to try and make some money by submitting creative names.  I have submitted names for 24 different “Orders.” All in all I have submitted I think 611 domain name suggestions. Which as you imagine took some time and effort to come up with.
When none of mine got picked I sent back more trying to improve my liked ratio.  I am a little ticked off to say the least that I now think this was a scam and sent an email to that effect. 
SEE EMAIL #1 BELOW
________________________________________
Nastyhulk.
> nastyhulk sent a message using the contact form at
> http://www.pickydomains.com/contact.
 
> Ok so I’ve given a heap of suggestions and the orderers have even liked a
> couple what happens from here?
> How do I know if they want to pay for my suggestion?
 
If your suggestion is picked, I’ll notify you and ask for your PayPal
account where to send money to.
 
–  PickyDomains.Com                          mailto:support@pickydomains.com
________________________________________
 
Then after expending more energy on this I sent another email.
________________________________________
Email #2
> Ok I’ve thrown a heap of ideas out there and still nothing?
Don’t go for quantity, go for quality. Number of submission doesn’t matter
> What if they just use my suggestions anyway and don’t acknowledge my input here?  

I believe that since I have submitted these names in good faith to this website which isn’t being open and accountable that this constitutes intellectual property theft or fraud. What is as concerning is that since you have to register they already have your details and then ask for your paypal account!!!

FTC Complaint Number: 21450058
Neill Barry

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “Pickydomains.com Picks You Dry

  • I disagree. I got paid for suggesting ruletrader.com. This is not a scam. I got paid $25 through PayPal after I was contacted for my PayPal email address and I gave it away.

    NOT A SCAM!

  • I’ve gotten the same bad results plus some of my suggested names end up getting registered and I never got a single payment from them !!

  • So I’ve heard a lot of people complaining about pickydomain’s services, and I just wanted to point out that there is a very similar site out there called http://www.demandyourdomain.com. As well as domain name suggestions, you can request and offer logo suggestions. The site is brand new so there is not much traffic, but I am hoping traffic will increase in the near future. We assure all contributors that they will be paid for their services. We are here to run a trustworthy business and hope to build a large clientele. Please, check it out and let us know if you have any issues!

  • I have joined pickydomains.com 2-3 weeks ago and i already got 1 name picked and the money are in my paypal account. The thing is u have to keep trying and there is a big chance ur domain name will be picked. I know it’s only 1 domain name in 2-3 weeks but hey! it’s almost free money.

  • For what its worth – I suggested names to pickydomain but didnt have any of them chosen. Out of curiousity I decided to type into the web browser some of my suggestions – and what a surprise! 3 of them had been registered within days of me giving them to picky domains – the site was Go Daddy
    So my advice to anyone wanting to supply picky domains with free good ideas – is to Go DADDY as far away as you can from them.

    You would be smarter to register the domain yourself and sell it later.

    Im a lot wiser now – fraid it came too late.

  • Hello,

    I have worked for picky domains for about 5 days and had one domain name picked already. I was contacted and paid promptly. It is no way to get rich and there are no guarantees your ideas wont get stolen but it is a fun little hobby and I hope to sell a few more ideas soon. If I do, I will post here.

    Good luck all!

  • I have been paid by pickydomains 4 times since being a contributor. This is a legit company. I always get my money on picks in 1 or 2 days paid at paypal. They have some better rules for clients now if they wont a refund. So there not alot of refunds anymore. New FAQ and Terms of Service. This is a ” Honest ” company. And they have paid everytime on my picks.

  • I signed up this past month at Picky Domains and had one of my suggestions selected. I was notified on January 27th and the funds were in my paypal account by January 29th.

    When I was paid I also received notification that I would need to mention online that I worked for them and got paid and send them the link before any future winning payments would be received. That bothered me so I wrote the company about this requirement. I have won domain naming contests on some of the other crowdsourcing sites and they don’t require it. The reason for this policy is that people have made false claims about the site and they want to set the record straight. You can’t blame them. However, it is not the way I would handle it. I did however very much appreciate that the company really understood my concerns and took the time to reply very quickly, thoughtfully, and professionally to the emails I had wrote to them.

    As someone who is a caregiver I certainly appreciate the opportunity to earn additional income. I certainly want this company to do well as it provides myself and others with a way to earn some extra money.

    I think the main thing to remember when submitting domain names is to try and understand what the client is looking for. Some of the winning names I have submitted are not ones I would have picked. So as far as registering these names yourself to sell later probably not a great idea unless you come up with a great generic name that you think others would want. But, most of the names are geared towards a specific website and what might be a great name for that client would not be for someone else.

    By submitting this comment I am fulfilling the requirement to state that I worked for PickyDomains.com and got paid which I did. Although I have just started with Picky Domains this month, I have won over $1,000 at two of the other Name Crowdsourcing sites and hope to win a lot more at Picky Domains. I usually look at the naming assignments as a challenge or a game so I enjoy it and get great satisfaction when a name suggested is selected.

  • Picky Domains has cheated me out of 2 of my suggestions/contributions. 2 particular contributions were accepted and validated thru Picky Domains and after a few weeks the 2 companies I contributed my website name to mysteriously decided to pause/stop their account. When I checked on the domain names thru GoDaddy, both were registered. One was registered the day after I submitted my suggestion. I contacted picky domains and they said they couldn’t help because “both” accounts were not the companies that registered the names. I am extremely Doubtful that is the case and feel the hours and time I put into this site is a total waste. Needless to say, I NEVER got paid for my suggestions. I think here is something sneaky going on with this company. I will NEVER recommend this site to anyone!

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