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Is there some kind of period of grace given to existing ownders before the domain can be bagged by me?
And is there any way of queueing to "snipe" the domain name as soon as it becomes avaiable, a la e-Bay?
[edited by: Webwork at 3:18 pm (utc) on April 23, 2006]
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> Expiry Date
> Registrar Dependant
> Registrar Delete
> 30 Day Redemption Period at Registry (can be renewed by paying Registrar's Redemption Fee)
> 5 Day Pending Delete
> Delete on 6th Day
> Backorder Services (Pool/SnapNames/NameWinner/ClubDrop/GoDaddy) scramble to register the deleted domain.
It should be pointed out that Registrar Dependant actions between Expiry Date and Registrar Delete are entirely Registrar dependant, including their right to renew the domain on their behalf and to sell to somebody else, according to the Terms of Service (ToS) of each Registrar.
There are companies that will monitor domains and alert you when their status changes. Sign up for one of those and just wait for the status of the name to change to available and then hand register it. Save yourself the $60.
On the other hand, if it is a good name (single dictionary word.com, LLL.com, etc...) then backorders are your best bet.
Be realistic when you're evaluating the value of a given domain to other people. Just because I reallyreallyreallyreally want a name doesn't mean anyone else really does :)
If I'd figured that out a couple years ago I would have saved myself a ton of cash!
I am new to this, but the reply posts I have had from you have sharpened up the learning curve no end...
The only problem with the deletion cycle timeline is that there is no firm rule (at least across all registrars) as to when an expired name must be placed into the deletion cycle. So, for example, some dumbdumb allows abc.com to expire... since abc.com is a three letter .com that is probably incredibly valuable... the registrar isn't going to let that puppy go into the deletion cycle, so waiting for it to drop is probably pointless.
So, if it's a name that is not considered to be super valuable on its own, then having the deletion cycle timeline is going to be helpful for you.
I'll post the slide when I dig it up... should be later tonight.