GoDaddy auctions and Enom expired domains problems

I don’t know why GoDaddy can’t do a single thing right unless its customers complain for getting screwed.

There have been years and years of complaints since 2012 on this blog while I have been writing about Godaddy domain name auctions getting renewed after the auctions are over and paid for while GoDaddy was making no changes:

October 24, 2012: “Your Auction Has Ended”: Will GoDaddy give me back my time and money?

December 29, 2014: 13 Ways To Make Go Daddy Auctions Better

November 2, 2016: What the F*CK is wrong with GoDaddy?

February 4, 2017: Selling domain names on GoDaddy is NOT easy!

May 3, 2017: GoDaddy allows jokester to appraise/auction his domain name year after year and then renew!

July 12, 2017: Proof that people use GoDaddy expired domain auctions as an appraisal and bait tool

Until November 21, 2017 and this: GoDaddy domain name auctions: a disservice to the domain name industry

GoDaddy finally fixed the problem with domains in auctions getting renewed after the auction was over and paid. They fixed it in late 2017. But they only fixed it for domains that are registered on GoDaddy registrars.

November 21, 2017: You can now renew your GoDaddy domains up to only 30 days after expiry

December 14, 2017: GoDaddy expired domain name auctions now guarantee delivery but you still have to wait 7 days

But the never ending GoDaddy auction problems continue…

Around the same time Tucows moved expired domain names back to GoDaddy Auctions. So we started having the same old problems with Tucows domains on GoDaddy auctions. Tucows domains can still be renewed after the auction is over and paid.

So on March 26, 2019 after I had won a domain name auction at Godaddy for a domain registered on Tucows and had paid it, the payment was refunded:

GoDaddy domain auctions: The problems never end

(Needless to say that I never receive an email that an auction is refunded. I either notice a refunded order in my GoDaddy account or notice the refund on my bank statement. Let’s see how many years it takes GoDaddy to fix this simple thing.)

And the mess continues with Enom domains…

Finally on April 8, 2019 Enom decided to switch their expired auctions from Namejet to GoDaddy.

I have since won 3 auctions for Enom domains that have later been refunded.

Yes, GoDaddy is totally incapable of doing of single thing right. Maybe we need to complain for another 5 years before they fix this.

After I complained about the Tucows names they said that each registrar has their own expiry rules, blah blah blah.

So how was Namejet auctioning Enom domains with no problems FOR YEARS???

How were Tucows domains being auctioned on other platforms without any problems FOR YEARS???

I will tell you how. The other platforms did their fucking jobs and adjusted their platform to each registrar. GoDaddy just applies their own expiry rules to all domains on its expired auctions.

A simple 3 or 5 day adjustment to partner registrar domains would fix this. But noooooooo, GoDaddy will take years to write 10 lines of damn code while we keep wasting our time AND money!

Today I made a bid and then realized that the domain is registered at Enom AND it is in PENDING TRANSFER status!!! Damn you GoDaddy!!!

I am still the highest bidder as I am writing this post. Hope someone outbids me and they have to deal with stupid GoDaddy refunds. Hope they get angry too!

These GoDaddy auction refunds cost me about $15+ in currency exchange fees each. Where do I send the invoice, GoDaddy?

(If anyone from GoDaddy wants to come in here and start writing cheap excuses please save it. I don’t want to hear it.)


About Konstantinos Zournas

I studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and I am now living in Athens, Greece. I went online in 1995, started coding in 1996 and began buying domain names and creating websites in 2000. I started the blog in 2012.


  1. Don’t worry, HugeDomains (bidder id: 913932) will bid.

    • Well said Anunt, Huge Domains just up bidding everyone, and Godaddy standing by, and raking in the employee bonuses. They have figured out a way to beat the closeouts also now.

    • Konstantinos Zournas

      I was outbid. Not by huge domains. Now someone else has to deal with this shit.

  2. Maybe Paul Nicks will help resolve this in the next release of GoDaddy OS 3.1 ? 🙂

  3. Very frustrating.

    Anytime you win an auction and the domain is still able to be renewed & kept by current owner, that is such a collosal waste of time and money.

    Hope they fix this asap.

    If not, It’d be nice to have a label by all “Enom” DNs, then we could easily stay away

  4. Yes it happened to me too. Many times at Godaddy auctions.

  5. I stopped using GD this year. Took my sales elsewhere.


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