I got an email from someone trying to sell me a similar domain name to one that I already own. The domain is not even remotely similar to mine but anyway…
The domain was SO stupid that got me interested and typed the domain in the address bar.
I found out that the domain was actually expired and was at the time available in CLOSEOUT GoDaddy Auctions. The page said:
“It’s your lucky day! This domain is available now.
The registration of *************.com lapsed on 9/11/2016
This domain is available now at CLOSEOUT pricing through GoDaddy Auctions®. Buy it now for only $0.00 before someone else does.
Time left for closeout: 21H 30M”
But the worst thing is that the guy emailing me was not the owner of the domain name. This is not the first time this is happening and it is not exclusive to GoDaddy auctions. You can read about other instances of front running on Namejet here and on Snapnames here.
As usual GoDaddy’s systems have once again failed to display correct information. The domain name was not available for $0.00. It had a Buy It Now price of $11 plus a one year domain name registration renewal fee and ICANN fee. So the domain could have be bought today for about $26. (less with a Godaddy discount)
The domain has been owned by the same person for the past 5 years and he has now decided to let it lapse. That is for a reason. This is one of the stupidest domains I have ever seen. It is similar to KillJustinBieber.com that is parked at Sedo. Why are people registering these domains?
Since I didn’t show any interest for the domain name, the front runner didn’t buy it and it is currently in Redemption Period and will soon be free for anyone to register.
So the point here is to avoid front running. Even if you are interested in the domain name offered, just research the domain name for 2 minutes and buy it yourself cutting out the middleman.