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I'm not wistful for routinely getting outgunned by Master Ye, who once d/b/a "NoName", or by Michael Mann's BuyDomain machine, or "that other guy".
Still, even in those days, you could still sneak in and manage to grab some gems.
Now, it's all big business and mostly the game is over. Be ready to bid big and know who catches what. These days, when it's a big game hunt, it's Bonkers vs. Vertical Axis versus a few interlopers.
Anyone miss the old days? Am I getting domain old and aged? Ready to be put out to pasture?
There was no auction, first one to get a snapback on the domain got it when it expired. By August 2001 you had no chance in the world to get a snapback on a domain name. Practically every domain had a Snapback on it. Even names like Google, Yahoo, AOL... all had snapbacks on them.
Yes, Webwork thoses were some good times when the average person actually had a chance of picking up an expired domain.
I realized the game was definately over about 3 yrs ago when (in my view) my semi-worthless odd names which I let drop to save renewal fees were routinely picked up by BuyDomains on the drop.