Originally Posted by smokyhosts
I've myself been looking forward for a particular premium domain (which I can see that its for sale) to expire, hoping the owner simply gives up and doesn't renew, so I can register, but in vein since the past few years. Now planning on actually making a deal to the owner.
If it's in the expiration phase, and if it isn't a .com, it might be economically more feasible to try to grab it with domain drop software. Use 3-4 top domain dropping services to increase your chance.
If it is in fact a .com, which is still the king in the world of gTLDs, you may have a better shot negotiating directly with the owner. If someone else grabs it, you don't know how greedy they are going to be.