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The Domain King is Getting Upset

Posted on the 21 November 2017 by Worldwide @thedomains

Rick Schwartz is getting tired of some of the games in the auction business.

Rick has been tweeting out a few things today about GoDaddy auctions

I am still trying to get off the floor. My @GoDaddy rep just told me that they have no problem with people bidding on their own #Domains in their auctions. Please someone revive me and tell me I’m not in the twilight zone.

— Rick Schwartz 👑 (@DomainKing) November 20, 2017

I suggested to @GoDaddy rep that only way timing could be so perfect that registrant could renew at exact same time as the end of auction is the last bidder would’ve had to be the owner to give them five minutes to renew. That was when I learned owners can bid on own #Domains!!

— Rick Schwartz 👑 (@DomainKing) November 20, 2017

All I can do is stop doing business with #unethical companies that don’t KNOW the difference between Right and WRONG! So the first batch of transfers have been completed! @GoDaddy. #GoDaddy @GoDaddyHelp #Domains #Startups #marketing #sales #How2LoseCustomers #FakeAuctions 😞 pic.twitter.com/rTTVViZkcQ

— Rick Schwartz 👑 (@DomainKing) November 20, 2017

Not sure why an owner of an expired domain would be bidding on their own name if they wanted to keep it. They could just transfer it out or pay the redemtion fee to keep the domain at GoDaddy.

The new year needs to bring about better policies and in the case of GoDaddy, bidder id’s which I have been writing about for awhile now.

Paul Nicks in an interview I did with him years ago replied to a comment about the 45 day rule:

Ms Domainer, re: the 42/45 day question:
Good question and one that I sincerely hope I can clarify. First, I’ll underscore a point I made in the interview, we created the system to give our registrants the ability to keep or redeem their name as long as possible. With that as the backdrop, hopefully the following explanation will make more sense.
For many TLDs we are given a grace period of up to 45 days after expiration to decide whether to keep or drop a domain. On the 25th day after expiration, after three attempts to contact the registrant, we put our expiring inventory onto the Go Daddy Auctions platform to see if any of our other customers are interested in acquiring them. During the entire time a domain is at auction the current registrant is able to redeem that domain, albeit for a fee.
On the 42nd day we will cancel the domain name if no other customer has expressed an interest in it via either the auction system or a Go Daddy backorder. If, however, a customer has expressed an interest via either of these platforms we will move the domain to their account on day 43. Since the domain is still in the Go Daddy ecosystem we do allow, in rare circumstances, the original registrant to get the domain back via our redemption system up until day 45 which signifies the end of the grace period.
Our help documentation (http://support.godaddy.com/help/article/608/what-is-your-process-for-handling-expired-domain-names?locale=en) specifies day 42 for deletion because our registrants need to understand that if they do not redeem prior to that date they could lose their domain forever. However, we will continue to err on the side of the registrant when it comes to the edge cases where a domain owner calls asking whether they can get their domain back after day 42.
I hope that helps ease any confusion around this topic.
-Paul


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