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Has GoDaddy Ever Stolen Your Domain?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by socialmediaking, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. socialmediaking

    socialmediaking Regular Member

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    I went to register a domain, searched for it on godaddy, but then decided i wanted to register it with namecheap instead.

    Somehow when I went to go register it, it was then taken.

    The whois is literally from the same day and everything.

    I've heard sketchy things about GoDaddy before so I am curious, is this just coincidence or is something more nefarious going on here?
     
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    charlie3 Senior Member

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but can't GoDaddy "own" the domain names and then sell them to you. So maybe you couldn't get that specific domain at Namecheap, but only at GoDaddy.

    I thought that went on, but I could be totally wrong. Just my 2 cents :D
     
  3. fiesta

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    I never heard of them doing that. What I did hear however is them blocking accounts for all kinds of reasons and people losing serious domains.


     
  4. socialmediaking

    socialmediaking Regular Member

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    I've heard of that too, but I wonder if it's possible I have some sort of cookie or something on my system where they can see if I search a domain with them and then leave to another registrar, or if they temporarily register it (which I've heard some sites used to do).

    Do you know of any examples of domains that have been seized?


     
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    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    It's an Algo, of course it can be gamed.
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    Godaddy has that reputation... so much so that their face is on the Post Ofice wall.
     
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    CyrusVirus BANNED BANNED Premium Member

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    yeah.. they have taken a few domains that i went to register.
     
  7. socialmediaking

    socialmediaking Regular Member

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    how would someone get proof? this isn't the first time this has happened to me. Is it possible they do something like using search but not purchased domains as suggestions for other people with similar terms? Or anything like that?

     
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    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Proof?

    What difference does it make?

    Seriously, they do this all the time and it is perfectly legal.

    When I am checking out new domains, I use another company
    and then buy from Godaddy using one of the available coupons
    if I am going to use them.
     
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    CyrusVirus BANNED BANNED Premium Member

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    i checked the whois on the domain, it came back to a wierd company, but not godaddy, i checked the whois of that company and it came back as godaddy.
    so, do the research.. techinically its not stealing,
     
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    jmm223 Registered Member

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    I have heard plenty of stories about this, but it has never happened to me.
    I would think that if it was really happening, someone would have setup a sting operation and officially outed them by now.

    I have had nothing but good transactions on godaddy.
    Especially when they have great coupon deals like $1 domains using coupon code PRESIDENT ;)
     
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    I've always wondered the same thing.
     
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    never have an experience on it myself, however I've read several cases like this.
    for this reason, i never do my domain research on godaddy
    I still use them to register though.
     
  13. dmilli

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    They've done it to me too. I spent a week researching a niche and eventually found a domain I wanted. I scanned a bunch of keywords for domains with GoDaddy because they had a 500max limit. I found one I was overly excited about because it was available and after seeing that GoDaddy charged much more for privacy I decided to go to Name because it would be free. Went over to Name and it was taken. I ran the URL myself which didn't have a site before hand, then next thing I knew GoDaddy had a page up there advertising the domain for $3G. I ran a whois and sure enough it was reg'd that day. I lost it and pulled all my other domains out of there. I haven't reg'd another site with them again.
     
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    Legal is one thing, ethical is another. You really think it's okay for them to swipe domains and ideas from someone like that?

     
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    flaktrak Power Member

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    Even if you register with godaddy the domain technically isn't yours! read the T&C's!
     
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    socialmediaking Regular Member

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    do you know the the actual part where it says that?

     
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    flaktrak Power Member

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    I did used to know. When I was having issues with them. somewhere in here! LOL!

    Code:
    http://www.godaddy.com/Legal-Agreements.aspx?ci=20802
     
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    The thing is 8659 words, how is anyone supposed to find it in there. But regardless, that doesn't answer the question, do they steal the search results? Why wouldn't it be all the time, must they have someone manually decide if the name should be registered or not?
     
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    Gaydoddgy does trick with cutomers by using domain tasting.
     
  20. lexblast

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    I have heard of this happening before and even though I have done some registrations with godaddy, I absolutely never check availability through them or any other registrar.

    registrars can grab domains and hold them for a period of time without paying for them then release them, so I'd imagine its pretty easy to setup a dictionary/character counter system and if you should enter something good, then not follow through with registering they put a hold on it check it for traffic, etc.
     
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