Jon_King - 12:31 pm on Apr 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
Thank you for essentially confirming my suspicions.
I am not learned concerning registrar agreements so this observation is likely naive and otherwise completely legal, but I would have thought a registrars "position" and whose job to administer domains to the public would disqualify them from acquiring domains using their "inside track"... especially to the degree that I will guess it is happening. Is this not an obvious conflict of interest?
Most of my domain purchases have resulted from a direct contact and most often this works very well for me. The only real problem is simply trying to get an initial response from the owner. When my contact attempt fails I usually have Sedo look at it. They get through in almost every case... I wish I knew their "secret".
Also, picking up from another thread, direct-to-owner is my choice of payment, that is without the use of escrow. I've never been ripped-off, it is fast, easy and I have sent thousands of dollars using a Visa card via PayPal.