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Msg#: 893 posted 12:59 pm on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

I've been waiting for a domain for quite a while now. And the "Record expires"-date has now been passed. But I can still find the information in the whois-database.

For how long in general do I have to wait before I can register the expired name?

Will the backorder services (such as SnapNames) be able to register the domain before I can, if I try to register it manually?

The reason why I want to register manually, is because that, it wouldn't be as expensive as using the SnapNames service.

How long does it take before the SnapNames could register the domain compared to my ability to register it manually?

Thanks for your advice and help.

Kind Regards,



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Msg#: 893 posted 2:23 pm on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)


The amount of time after a domain expires before you can register it varies from company to company. They decide how long they hold on to it before they release it back to the "pool" of availble domains.

In the case of Network Solutions, I've seen domains that had been expired for TEN MONTHS but still not available for purchase. So, it could be a long time.

In theory, yes, companies like SnapNames are more likely to be able to register the domain before you can. The reason is that they can watch the domain 24 hours a day if they want. You, as a human being, just can't match that. Theoretically, they could have it registered 60 seconds after it's released, where you might not even know that it's available for hours or even days after it happens.

If it's is REALLY important that you get a particular domain, spend the $$$. Take it from me -- I got burned by not doing so.


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Msg#: 893 posted 2:46 pm on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

I was watching a domain that I really wanted and thought of making an offer for it but instead using the SnapNames notification service. They notified me when it was available, probably within 2 weeks of its expiration and then I was able to buy it through a different service.


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Msg#: 893 posted 2:58 pm on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

Okay, thanks for your answer Chameleon!

But I dont really understand what for example Network Solutions would earn on keeping the domain names after the expiration date? Wouldn't they earn more by letting it go and giving someone else the oppertunity to register it (pay for the registered time) through them?

What are the rules, can the previous registrant still pay some more money and keep the domain registered as if nothing would have happend (without caring of the expired register date)? Or does the registrant have to buy it back in some way?

Will the domain name keep pointing to the old source even after the expiration date has passed?

Thanks for explaining for me :)

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