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is enom nabbing up expired domains that snap or pool normally would?

just witnessed 2 domains going to enom that snapnames missed

5:36 am on Feb 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I had backordered 2 semi-decent domains through snap and pool that weren't picked up by either, rather both whois entries are showing as actually regg'd to enom...this is the first time i've seen this, most of the time if snap doesn't get it then pool does...anyone know what is going on here?

Does enom have a drop catching service I don't about?...or could enom, 'the company' have been the original registrar and just deemed this domain valuable and is holding onto it for their own portfolio?

All the previous domains i've gotten where enom was the original registrar have gone through namejet...and both these domains were NOT through namejet, hence that's why I'm speculating that enom corporate is playing 'private name catcher' with all their accredited registars account...which I'm counting 96 associated with enom via the icann list below:


...anyone know about this?
3:17 pm on Feb 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I haven't heard/read of a change of policy/practice at Enom, but this might be a situation where direct contact with Enom's legal department or upper management would clear things up.

Having seen how an insider was able to "anonymously" bid on 1000s of domains at SN auction I'd say the range of explanations for any unusual behavior is, unfortunately, limitless. Ergo, you might "check with management" whenever you see something that appears out of the ordinary.

Of course, management might take a few years to report back to you . . :(