expired domain auction canceled after the owner renewed

Every once and a while you find an expired domain you really like, bid on it, and then get an email a day or two later like the one below…

As pretty much all of you know by now, I’m a big two-word .COM fan, they represent the core of my domain portfolio and are my focus when it comes to buying new domains.

I was pretty surprised this name was expiring, but like many things in life, if it seems too good to be true, sometimes it is. That being said, great domain names expire all the time so anything is possible.

Some people get angry and lash out at Go Daddy or whatever drop service was hosting the auction. I personally think that’s a bit silly – the reality is, if someone forgot to renew a domain name, I think they deserve it even if they realize their mistake at the last minute. Buying expired domains (at least for me) isn’t about taking advantage of people who forgot to renew, it’s about investing in domains that people no longer want.

A few times in the 1-+ years I’ve bought expired domains and received an email from the owner saying they forgot to renew and asking how they can get it back. I always sell it back to them for the exact price I paid, for me, making a profit off of someone else’s mistake just wouldn’t feel great.

So I’m a-okay with the auction being canceled. It’s a great domain and I’m looking forward to seeing what the owner does with it!

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  • Observer January 10, 2020, 9:44 am

    Dear Morgan,

    I understand your philosophy about not wanting to take advantage of someone’s mistake, however, how is a renewal this possible when the domain is registered at GoDaddy, and their terms clearly state that:

    Day 30 Domain is no longer available to renew or recover in your account. You can place a bid on the domain name through auction.

    They even sent an email to everyone saying that:

    “We are making a change to our domain name expiry process and wanted to give you enough notice to make decisions on your portfolio. GoDaddy is changing the domain renewal timeline from 42 to 30 days for most domains. Based on our research, less than 1% of our customers renew after 30 days.

    Starting Dec 4, the following changes will happen to expired domain names:
    • After Day 5 of expiration, DNS, email, hosting, redirecting and any other DNS-dependent services will be interrupted and stop working.
    • After Day 30 of expiration, domain names are no longer able to be renewed or transferred away.

    We wanted to give a heads -up so you have enough notice to make decisions on your portfolio. As always please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

    **** ****
    Go Daddy LLC
    Premier Services”

    • Observer January 10, 2020, 10:02 am

      Dear Morgan,

      I just realized that this was not past the 30 day period, so everything looks proper with this renewal:

      You can delete my 2 comments if possible.

      Thank you.

      • JZ January 10, 2020, 11:12 am

        Yeah but what is up with the timing? Usually its so if you actually win an auction its too late for the registrant to renew.

        • Observer January 10, 2020, 11:22 am

          Hi JZ,

          Actually, the auction hadn’t ended yet.

          But I do feel that a domain auction shouldn’t even begin if the owner is still able to renew it.

          Other sites, such as NameJet and SnapNames don’t allow renewals once an auction begins, so why does GoDaddy allow renewals in the midst of an auction?

  • Matt Holmes January 10, 2020, 9:15 pm

    Actually, maybe it was a strategy, if the owner was familiar with the godaddy process. Would be a good safe way to gauge how much your domain may sell for without having to engage in any serious negotiations. In fact, he declined my offers months ago and countered $100k. What was the highest bid you saw?

  • MICHAEL J HUDAK January 11, 2020, 3:53 am

    This happens to me here and there. I get it, but maybe they should wait until it’s in THEIR inventory so they can host a guarenteed transfer and sale auction.

    It is frustrating when you’re bidding on a name you want and then ate charge and refunded with no name. It’s a bummer. I just lost this way 2 days ago. : (

    But it opened up funds for ZipBike dot com 🙂

    Guess that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. Would prefer to know that I would truly win a name I’m bidding on.


  • George In Miami January 11, 2020, 6:31 am

    There you have it. Now we know what to do to get good and free domain appraisal.


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