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Anyone else think domain registrars "steal"?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by whodi, May 18, 2009.

  1. whodi

    whodi Junior Member

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    I do not think it is just me but does anyone else think that some domain registration companies steal good domain name ideas that people check but do not purchase?

    Although it has never affected me I bring it up because I was telling my dad not to even look up a domain name until he was ready to buy. He asked me "Why?"

    I told him I "imagine" (no proof just what I would do) that at every one of these companies their is a person dedicated to scooping up good domain name ideas that people look up but do not buy. It would only cost like $10 an hour to hire someone to sit their and filter through the names which could potentially be worth thousands.

    Maybe the good ones get put on a list to be registered in a few days if they have not already been?

    Even if they only get a small % of them I am always paranoid about it. But Im always high and paranoid :)

    Or maybe this is common knowledge and my worries were right all along?
     
  2. agnostic

    agnostic Newbie

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    Network solution and DomainTools were known to do this. If you queried any unregistered domains it would automatically register the domain if it was unregistered. Not sure if they do this anymore but I'm almost positive it still goes on. Accredited registrars have something where they can register a domain for like 72 hours and drop them if they aren't getting traffic or inquires on them for pennies on the domain.
     
  3. platinvm

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    They could back in the day because you could run a trial for any domain name for like 7 days if you bought in bulk. Howie did something like this, it was actually pretty interesting.
     
  4. werrich

    werrich Regular Member

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    this has been discussed at length on some of the domain forums... the consensus was that yes, many of the registrars do (or at least did) grab your searches if you do not register them. sux basically. so i have stayed away from doing searches from those registrars. Godaddy has been pretty good for searching. haven't had any swiped there.
     
  5. thedorf

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    I do my searches via w3.ipower.c*m and have never gone back to find a domain registered a couple of days later.
     
  6. kingtrojan

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    Godaddy stole my domain www.spy.me and www.lol.me ..when i bought it , i got receipt but some hours later they tell me someone else registered it :S
     
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    antsaoo Supreme Member

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    Mybe it was just some people bought it also before you but it did not register at them ;) i guess there are fuckloads of people going to buy domains when new extension is launched
     
  8. silentHQ

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    It happened to me earlier this year. Stay away from checkdomain*com (hint: they're a register*com partner).

    There's an entire industry of companies that snap up unregistered domains in bulk that unsuspecting users submit to sites like checkdomain*com to see if they're available.

    Here's a link to an article on the subject with complaints from many victims:

    http://hiderefer.org/?http://blog.domaintools.com/2007/03/stealing-domain-name-research/
     
  9. Jagged55

    Jagged55 Power Member

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    Maybe in the past but not now. I mean maybe if you are using "chuck's domain depot .com" or something where that is the purpose of the site but there are so many queries now that it doesn't make any sense to. They make enough money off of holding on to expired domains that they don't need to focus on random searches.

    On that note, I have noticed that 1and1 will re-register some of my domains (in their own name) that I have through them if I turn the auto-renew off just before it expires. Then they just park them with Sedo. This may be a glitch because a lot of the shit that I let expire isn't going to be bought by anyone else lol.
     
  10. silentHQ

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    no, it still does happen to this day. it happened not only to me a few months ago, but also to an associate of mine. godaddy has a more solid reputaton now in this regard from what i've recently read, however register dot com and others may still allow their partners access to their domain unregistered domain queries.


     
  11. kingtrojan

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    I bought these domains minutes after official launch .. i dont think someone else was planning to buy it .