A few day ago I lost an auction for a domain name at Godaddy. I made a proxy bid early in the day the auction was ending as I was not going to be available at the time of the auction end.
I lost the auction. I thought the price went too high. I was mad but not only because the auction went for too much. Most domains are sold in auctions for what seems to be above the wholesale value.
I mean they go for more than I what I consider wholesale prices and will allow me for a healthy ROI. That was before the coronavirus pandemic and the trend still continues…
I was mad I lost the auction because the domain was in a niche that I consider “mine”. I have a lot of domains in this niche and I also do a lot of work in this field in the past few years.
I was the 2nd bidder so I had some hope inside me that the winner will default and I will get the domain. It was a long shot but that was all I had.
Guess what happened 3 days after the auction ended? I got and email that I has won the domain. That was for about $340 less that the winning bid. I paid immediately as I think the 2nd bidder only has about 24 hours to pay before loosing the domain. I have to mention that I got no other email explaining what happened. I assumed the winning bidder defaulted because I know how GoDaddy domain name auctions work. Anyone that is not familiar with the GoDaddy auctions would be really puzzled.
I was happy I got the domain but I was curious who the winning bidder that defaulted on payment was.
Well guess what? You can’t see the bidder id of the bidder that defaulted on GoDaddy.
Here is what the auction looks like now:
The bidder that defaulted has disappeared. And yes I could have made a screenshot when I lost the auction but I can’t be a damn lunatic going around saving all the info of auctions I lost!
So I want to ask GoDaddy what happened to this bidder. Was he/she banned? Why can’t I see who it was? Seems like GoDaddy is rewarding the bidder by hiding his/hers id while everyone else is shown.