I was doing a bit more search on this topic and only got more confused:
there will always be 30 days redemption grace period, and 6 days pending delete. Sometime there are registrar hold, about 35-40 days after expiration date. [webmasterworld.com...]
I read a few threads recommending SnapNames however, I read on other threads that entering the domain on SnapNames will trigger competition and sometimes Network Solutions may review the orders and bid themselves. Is this true? Now I'm getting paranoid.
I called GoDaddy and asked for their advice and one person said youre better off just waiting until its dropped.
The domain does not get decent traffic and has been parked for the past couple years. However, it is a nice popular keyword.
What should I do? Should I wait until the status is Available or should I submit it to SnapNames?