I found an interesting domain name that was about to expire soon. Using one of the "grab expired domain name" services I placed a "backorder" for that domain. The domain had more interested buyers and now the domain is in auction (after the expire time I think)
The interesting thing is that the domain status is now showing as "CLIENT HOLD, CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED" with the ORIGINAL creation date. The expiry date has gone up one year.
How can this be (the original creation date)?
Who owns the domain at this point? Surely not the original owner? Likely the registar or the 'expired domain name grab' service.
The WHOIS shows the registrar as owning it.
I am wondering how the registrar or the 'expired domain name grab' service (who obviously work together) can keep a domain 'in suspense' like this?
When I called the 'expired domain name grab' service they said; it's not owned by anyone - it's in auction. Duh! Surely it's locked now and I cannot use a normal registrar to go and register it, so I would say it's owned by the registrar or the 'expired domain name grab' service at this point.
Is this legal?
If I get this right - is it allowed for registrars to pay for the renewal fee (which would be a fee to themselves) and then auction of the domain via an affiliate service (likely themselves just under another name) while placing the domain in some sort of locked state (CLIENT HOLD) with the original creation date?