Several times now I have performed searches in GoDaddy.com to find that if I did not buy the domain name right away, the domain name gets bought shortly after. I have seen this so many times now.
Here's what I think happens and please accept my appologies if this has been discussed before.
I perform the search, and then if I do not buy the domain name at that time it could potentially get bought.
The registrars can pull a query or run a report to see what domain names have been searhed that day. If the domain name looks good they will buy it. Now they won't buy it under thier name, but they will register the domain name under a different registrar. This loses the connection that they could have bought it and they may buy the domain name using different names.
The a few things may happen once they buy the domain name. It might get parked...cha ching, they make the money from it OR they may try and make the domain name a "premium" domain name and upsell or put a higher price tag on the domain.
This just kills me. I searched the domain, came back about 30 minutes later to find that the domains were bought. Coincidence maybe, but this has happened so many freaking times to me.
I'm not trying to sound like a crazy man, but they know about domains too, and I know they can see in some table what domain names get searched. I am picturing a boiler room, lol with a bunch of people saying "oh that one looks great! Let's buy it quicky before our customer comes back"
I yes, I am sure some way or another they have everyright to register a domain name too, but man they are sneakey and it just does not sit right.
[edited by: PPC_Player at 5:20 pm (utc) on May 9, 2008]