So GoDaddy supposedly fixed the problem where domains would get renewed or transferred out after a GoDaddy auction had ended and paid for.
But today I was going through my bank statement from March and I noticed a refund from GoDaddy.
I checked my account and found that a domain I had won in an auction on March 25 had been refunded on March 26.
The first question is why? The domain was and still is registered at Tucows that uses GoDaddy to auction their expired domains. The domain was renewed at Tucows after I paid for the expired auction. Doesn’t GoDaddy have the same rules for their expired auction registrar partners?
And the second question is why I didn’t even receive an email about the refund? I got no invoice with the refund and not even a notification that I wasn’t getting the domain.
Finally I am not even 100% sure that GoDaddy has fixed the problem for ALL the domains registered with their registrar because I have seen domains that are pending transfer to different registrar while on auction at Godaddy. I have stayed away from these so not 100% sure about the timing of auctions.
But I think you can still start a transfer out until day 5 of the expired auction if you are the owner of the expired domain so there still a small possibility that a domain can be transferred out after someone has won the auction and paid for the domain. So if someone renews until day of the auction then the auction is cancelled BUT if they just start the transfer out on day 6 the auction remains active. And transfer last about 5+ days so if the auction could end while a transfer out is still pending.
Maybe someone from GoDaddy can shed some light into all these problems.
All this comes just days after GoDaddy was forced to reveal a massive scandal with an employee bidding on domain auctions at GoDaddy and was discovered by a domain name investor. This is a matter I don’t consider closed.