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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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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?
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
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.
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? ;)