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10:03 pm on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi - I have my eye on a specific domain name that I want to use for my business. It is in the redemption period now. Is it safe if I just check each day to see if it's available or would it be worth my $60 to do the Snapnames thing? I'm guessing snapnames is more geared to folks who buy tons of domains? I really just want this ONE so I don't want to waste my $60 if I don't have to! Thanks for any advice!
10:36 pm on Sept 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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How would you feel if you missed it?

If you'd have more than $60 of regret, put the backorder in for snapnames.

There is also pool.com, enom.com and namewinner.com that have just as good of a chance of getting the name.

If it has any potential value or any keywords in the domain, someone else already has their backorders in place.

8:35 am on Sept 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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the question is when there are multiple backorders with different registrars who has the bst chance of getting it?..is there a pecking order or is it pot luck?
5:16 pm on Sept 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yikes, so should I place a backorder with ALL of those domain grabbing websites to have the best chance of getting the name?

How often do these places check for the domain to become available? If they check once a day or so, I could do that myself. But if they check constantly and grab it the second it becomes available, then I could see spending the money.

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They have scripts in place that check often, especially around 2:00am - 2:30am EST when dot com names are known to drop.

I've heard that its very improbable to snatch popular domain names manually. The registrars will also earn more money if they go to an auction, so they will probably filter out popular domain names from manual searches anyway. I don't know if this is true, but that is what I believe.

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You could always put in your own scripts in place to alert you when the domain name in question is available for registration, and perhaps programme it to send you a message on a wireless device the moment it is available

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...and by the time you get that message, the domain has already been checked and registered by some registrars check&reg script. The only way is multiple backordering and aggressive bidding, if it goes to an auction.
That is, if you really want it.
4:37 pm on Sept 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have a snapback on a domain that 'expired' recently but is still in the 45 days grace for the original owner.

In snapback you can say your bid amount - but what i couldn't find out was if that was your last and final bid or if you get a chance to bid again if you are outbid. Does anyone know?

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Read the TOS of the service you've signed up for. They may have a 1 year contract that has two expiry points: Either (1) when they get a domain for you, or (2) the year is up.

My own experiences do not include unsuccessful drop catching so you'll have to get advice from the more-experienced people, but you may not be risking as much as you think if you put several services on a single domain name -- if one service fails, you may be able to use the rest of your 1-year term towards a different name.

(Read the TOS carefully though; my experiences with this are limited and not recent so don't just take my word for it.)

8:26 pm on Sept 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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SnapNames may be the best option as rumour has it Netsol is going to offer them an exclusive contract for all dropped .net and .com names with a snapback on them.

Others however may not approve of this so there may be turbulent waters ahead. That said rumour has it any domains with an expiry date from the 12th - 14th August maybe affected.

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I always use snapnames when it is worth grabbing the domain. If I could careless then I use pool. Yet, every single time I've used pool, I've never grabbed one domain. The opposite goes for snapnames.
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just got my first snap.

a short 3 word generic domain (.net unfortunately) for a term with a top bid of $12. I think i could have done it manually but wanted to be sure.

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do you believe the backordering success of a registrar depends on which registrar used to hold the domain?

i'm looking at an expiring dotster-registered .com domain. do you believe dotster's namewinner service has an edge over snapname/pool/godaddy/etc?

or does this announcement mean snapnames will have priority?
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3:17 am on Sept 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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With SnapNames, is it $60 PER domain name that you want to 'backorder'? And what if you don't get the domain ... do you still pay $60?

Thanks,

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Just an update to all... It is confirmed and now in production. Under most circumstances, if the domain in question is registered with Network Solutions, Network Solutions will check to see if there is a back order for that domain with SnapNames before ti deletes. If there is, it will NOT delete the domain but will transfer it to the customer who gets the backorder through SnapNames.
9:01 pm on Oct 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Does every registrar give the owner a standard 45 days grace period following the expiration of the domain, or are there some that make the domain available immediately upon expiration? What is GoDadd's policy, for instance?
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Does every registrar give the owner a standard 45 days grace period following the expiration of the domain, or are there some that make the domain available immediately upon expiration? What is GoDadd's policy, for instance?

No. The industry standard is that registrars will keep an expired domain name
anywhere from 1 to 45 days before deleting it.

Go Daddy won't say exactly. But I've noticed in other forums complaining about
them deleting it about 1 day after expiring.

While many customers may complain about this, GD is within their rights to do
this.

jeepfun is also correct about NetSol's current policy of transferring an expired
domain name to a winner at SnapNames. However, that will change when the
new domain deletion policy takes effect on Dec. 21 wherein registrars will be
forced to delete an expired domain name after a period of time.

1:53 am on Oct 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yesterday, Dotster was the expiring registrar,
and then NameWinner successfully backordered,
beating out snapnames, godaddy, and pool.
Dotster is affiliated with NameWinner. Coincidence?
5:53 am on Nov 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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No, not at all. NameWinner has an exclusive deal with Dotster, just like Snapnames has an exclusive deal with Network Solutions. If you want a Dotster-registered domain you HAVE to book it through NameWinner (unless of course nobody books it with them and it ends up missing their private "back-door process" and drops anyway)
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No, not at all. NameWinner has an exclusive deal with Dotster, just like Snapnames has an exclusive deal with Network Solutions. If you want a Dotster-registered domain you HAVE to book it through NameWinner (unless of course nobody books it with them and it ends up missing their private "back-door process" and drops anyway)

Anyone care to wager who'll do this next? ;)

5:54 am on Nov 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Pool will do it with as many registrars as it can find.

Other than that, I'd say eNom and Godaddy.

That will effectively mean that something like 90%+ of all domains will never drop in the normal "drop cycle" but will be subject to various kinds of pre-emptive catching mechanisms.