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[Alert] Don’t check domain availability with Godaddy

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by yourdady, May 14, 2019.

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  1. JournoNick

    JournoNick Power Member

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    Godaddy definitely do this, and if it's not them snapping up the domain for resale then it's Huge Domains that will pick up the slack and throw a $2,500 price tag on a $20 domain.
     
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    EmailData Newbie

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    No, not godaddy, there is bots from others who check for these domains, they buy the domains as soon as they expire.
     
  3. Kamil Witakowski

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    Only reason to use GD is sometimes good promotions :p
     
  4. JournoNick

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    hahahaha, did you even read the original post?
     
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    As far as I was aware ( I've been out of the loop for years mind) this was common practice many years ago with domain checking services.

     
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    Lol
    i have bought like 6 domains from godaddy this year and never happened
    Edit: Dont you guys think that someone is using a bot to check domains that are about to be registered and purchasing before you?
     
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    In 2010 or 2011, I had a crazy idea for a domain name. It was beautiful. I found that it was available on GoDaddy and was going to register it next week when I was back from Europe. Next thing I see, it's selling for $3k :( Noob life back then.
     
  8. Phren

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    100% believe they do this, it happened one time to me with a client at a dinner meeting, I searched for their suggestion with the intent to register the domain in the morning.

    Was available that night and gone the next day. I have zero faith in GoDaddy.
     
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    Yes, they steal domains researched by people. They use proxies to register the domain when the bot finds domains valuable.
    Such domains are privacy protected, but the owner of domain is always bluerazor.com which is a company of GoDaddy and address is
    14455 N. Hayden Road.

    I was tracking and waiting to get it expired since 7 months and they wasted my efforts and excitement in a minute. Never search and buy on GoDaddy
     
  10. Akuchi

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    All the worthless aged domains I have let expire on GoDaddy they list for thousands of dollars and keep trying to get me to buy them back. Their domain value checker also automatically inflates domain prices by thousands of dollars to try to get you to use their services.

    It's like people from this forum are running that company. :rolleyes:
     
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    It is a known secret. 'Ol daddy steals domains from its search trends. They've been doing it for donkey years now. Many other domain sites also do this. I usually use word combination sites to get ideas, create a list of potential names, list them in preferential order, check these potential names in whois, wayback machine, knock off the ones with bad rep and only then go to domain sites to buy. 'Ol daddy is the worst when it comes to stealing searched domains. I use namecheap (even they are not straight dealers).
     
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    I will NEVER use godaddy for anything ever again .. why. 2 years ago i spent about 2 hours looking for a domain name on GD for a customer. I sent what I thought was an excellent name to the customer and I still had the page open with the available to register when he emailed me back about 30 mins later. I clicked on the buy now and it said this domain not available. I must have spent £500 in less than 2 weeks on GD, they have never had a penny off me again and never will.
    I would round up all the share holders, get them to piss in a cauldron, heat it with burning bricks of dog shit - then boil the fucking CEO in it !!!
     
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    Knew it back in 2010, that they do this. Especially for old expired domains.
    Guess they can hold domain registration to their own name without any charges for a week. So try again in a week. I am not sure how it is changed .
     
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    I'm always afraid of this happening to me because coming up with great, unique available names these days is hard. I don't trust *any* registrar, it's probably paranoia, but who cares. When Im checking for a new domain, I type the domain name straight into the browser address bar.
     
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    The last 20 or so domains I've bought I just purchased from Google Domains. I think they charge a flat $12 but that includes lifetime privacy which was the key for me. I used to use GoDaddy and others because they are so cheap up front but then I ran into some issues trying to transfer a domain out once to get a renewal deal with another host and decided it wasn't worth the hassle to save a few bucks.
     
  16. Ente123

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    godaddy are freakin thieves
    i will tell my story
    I bought a domain+hosting for 12$ but a day after I wanted a refund because I didn t wanted anymore this package
    okay, next day i tried to talk with them on the live chat, it was ”full” for the whole day
    the next day i was the 2nd waiting and i waited for 40 minutes (expected time was 5 minutes or something like this) , i gave up
    on the third day i waited for like an hour to talk with somebody and the person from the support chat was nice and explained me what i need to do to get the refund
    after I followed all the steps they said I will receive the refund in the next day
    Guess what happened?
    So, right when I bought the domain and hosting they charged me the $12.
    After I requested the refund they charged my card again with 12$
    And I received the ”refund” for one transaction.
    So, they charged me twice (24$ in total) and refunded me 12$. It was a freaking scam ...