In what is becoming a series of posts Namejet has screwed me once more.
On the 23th of October I won a 3 letter .info domain name. It was an expired domain registered with DNC Holdings, Inc and probably managed by directnic.com. It was immediately paid with the credit card on file.
(I was later refunded this purchase but it is important to follow the timeline of events.)
The domain that was registered in 2001 expired on the 19th of September.
Up until the 21st of October the domain was registered to the previous owner, a guy from Greece. On the 21st whois was updated to a US company, DVLPMNT MARKETING, INC..
Then on the 23rd, the day I won and paid for the domain, the domain was registered to “NameJet Holding Account”.
On the 3rd of Novmeber the domain was finally registered under my company’s name.
On the 4th of November I got a message from Namejet:
We regret to inform you that a domain you recently purchased through a pre-release auction has been cancelled by the registrar of record, as allowed by the NameJet Agreement. We are not provided with specific details and therefore do not have any further information to provide.
As a result of this Registrar request, we will be refunding the entire auction fee and removing the domain from your account within the next few days. Please be assured that this is a rare occurrence, and we do apologize for the inconvenience.
I assure you that this is not a rare occasion (I could find 10 domains refunded in the past few years) that according to Namejet rules they can do anything they want and give no reason for it.
Today it is the 18th of December and the domain still shows my registration details on whois although legally I am not the owner. Please note that I never received any info as to how to manage the domain name at its registrar.
I think one of the keys to this whole mess, except for Namejet, is this company DVLPMNT MARKETING, INC.. They own more than 45,000 domain names most registered with DNC Holdings, Inc and directnic.com. My only guess is that this is probably the directnic holding company.
The way Namejet works is that a partner registrar can remove a domain name from Namejet at any stage of backorder or auction they want. Even after the domain name has been paid and whois has been changed. So it is pretty easy for a registrar to test a domain name at auction and then decide that they don’t want to get just $69 (a lot less after the Namejet commission) for the domain and would rather just own it and sell it themselves.
Namejet support told me that will contact the owner of the domain and have this information updated as soon as possible. But that could take a while and I don’t know why I have to check whois on domain names that I don’t own 2 months after I won (or rather didn’t win) the domain name and be open to all kinds of legal problems in the meantime.