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Godaddy says domain already registered - 4 hours after buying it ... ?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by xtopzi, Mar 29, 2014.

  1. xtopzi

    xtopzi Regular Member

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    Well that's odd. Found a pretty good .info that I was gonna sell for mid to high hundreds and 4 hours later Godaddy emails me that it's already taken. Maybe I'm paranoid but I buy tons of domains, today I get a good one purely for its domain value and this happens.

    A WHOIS lookup confuses me even more. Some WHOIS tools say that the domain is available and others say it belongs to some marketing firm since 2002, despite the fact that domain age tools can't define a domain age. To me it looks as if this record has been added minutes ago, is that possible?

    Some other registars are confused too. Just got this message trying to register it elsewhere:

    Anyone know what the hell is going on here? Would like to get the domain still but seems impossible now.
     
  2. xoziggieox

    xoziggieox Registered Member

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    I read into this once and I believe that you don't "officially" buy a domain name the moment you order it. Instead they have to send the request to the organization that manages domain registrations. Sometimes a domain registrar will send these requests in batches to save money which means that you don't really have the domain until it is all cleared so someone who uses a different company could end up with the domain you ordered.
     
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    CCarter Registered Member Premium Member

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    Your whois tool is faulty. It's pulling data from a bad/inaccurate database (or not even updating). If it's a free whois tool, that would explain the reason you saw the .info as available, when in fact it is not. If it's generally not a .com, .net, .org, the data being pull is less reliable, like in your case, you weren't able to see the company that's owned it since 2002.
     
  4. SkyrocketSEO

    SkyrocketSEO Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    One of the domains I bought 2 months ago still show Whois info for the previous owner, I guess they are not updating that too often, or there is some other, reasonable explanation
     
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    808080Hat Registered Member

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    Hi,

    if you got access to a Mac and/or Linux Computer you can type in the command whois example.com and it'll show you all available information. This includes the change dates of the data for the domain.
     
  6. allaboutdomains

    allaboutdomains Junior Member

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    I have found the record keeping for domains registered pre-2005 to be suspect and also some registrars are better than others at updating whois info.
     
  7. xtopzi

    xtopzi Regular Member

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    Alright thanks for the info guys. I'll make sure to check WHOIS information more thoroughly next time I buy a domain purely for its reselling value.
     
  8. togerr

    togerr Registered Member

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    Maybe my post is not an answer to your query but i would like to add a small note about domain buying.

    Buying domain at godaddy is good. but domain search at godaddy is suspect. It seems there are guys who monitor people searching for domains. One they detect somebody searching a nice domain which is available, they will buy it to resell later. It's like they have whole bunch of web assistant (potential customers) working for them for nice domains. I was once searching for EMD domain with good search volume, waited about 5 minutes to complete the payment then boooom, it got registered by somebody else. It can another genuine user who registered it at same time. But this happened twice and is too much of a coincidence.

    So search for available domains at other registrar's website and make alist and go and buy from godaddy without wasting any time during the process.
     
  9. ficfroc

    ficfroc Regular Member

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    The .info whois lookup is having a lot of trouble right now, if you go to domaintools and whois any .info domain you'll see that they give you only a cached version of the whois . I tried some other whois tools and they all give an error while checking and this is for several .info domains.
     
  10. Execute

    Execute Supreme Member

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    This actually happened to me a few years ago, I was looking for domain names in a particular niche and was using their domain name suggestion tool to spark ideas. A very good domain name, .info the same as yours showed it was available so I registered it. I kind of knew it was too good to be true at the time as the domain was probably worth X,XXX-low XX,XXX but I registered it anyway. Then a few hours later received an email like yours. Bad times all round lol.