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I missed the renewal (changed my email address, old one was spam ridden). So I checked the registrar 000domains and it was no longer on my owned domains list. The site leads me to SEDO and are asking for offers before it had expired/released. I had contacted 000domains and they said they can reacquire it for $100+
If you try to make an offer for it on SEDO it claims its a premium domain (which it is not as it had all of like 100 hits/month)
Did they hijack/ransom the domain name? When it gets released, does the registrar reacquire it to try and resell it at a premium? Or will it be gobbled up by domain hunterS? I have an account withe Snapnames but not sure what happened here - any light shed on this would be great
Thanks so much
It sounds like your domain is in the redemption period and can only be reregistered by the original owner through the current registrar. 000domains likely has a parking deal with SEDO for domains in the grace/redemption period. You can do a web search on "domain name grace period" for more info.
So they essentially park it on SEDO and try to trick the previous owner into offering money for it as opposed to some "re-renewal fee"
Any take on this would help me understand the situation
Did they hijack/ransom the domain name?
Some people who don't necessarily understand this business might. But as one
who worked in the registrar business before, let me share a few things.
First, your registration agreement's terms defines one another's relationships.
One of them happens to say you don't really "own" the domain, and you only
"have" it as long as it's paid for.
The moment the domain expires, your registration agreement-contract expires
too. If you take time to read your registrar's contract, you'll also find a term
essentially saying "we can do anything to the domain name after it expires" up
until it's deleted from their system.
I don't know 000domain's policy for expired domains, so best ask them.
Then again, I've explained that to some people who complained they lost their
domains simply because they expired, yet some still believed we conspired in
some way. Goes to show some people will believe whatever they want, even
if it isn't necessarily true.