The Afternic / GoDaddy / DomainTools domain name pricing problem is now fixed

Last month I wrote about a disastrous mixup with GoDaddy and Afternic domain name pricing at Domain Tools.

Generally, when you do a whois search at Domain Tools and the domain name is listed for sale at Afternic then Domain Tools displays the price of that domain name and a button/link to purchase the domain name directly at Afternic.

This feature displayed the wrong price if the domain name was also listed with GoDaddy. It would display the minimum offer price (???) from GoDaddy instead of the actual BIN price from Afternic.

Paul Nicks from GoDaddy contacted me for more details and it turns out that Domain Tools had the wrong API implementation. About 2 weeks later they fixed it and BIN prices from Afternic are now displayed correctly at the Domain Tools whois page.

One last thing.

This was not 100% a DomainTools problem. When you are giving access to your API like GoDaddy does then you should make sure the API is used correctly and that usage will not hurt your business (and your customer’s business). GoDaddy once again failed to do that.

I guess we will never find out how many domain name sales were lost because of this problem.


About Konstantinos Zournas

Studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and now living in Athens, Greece. Love domains and building websites. Went online in 1995, learned about HTML in 1996 and about domains in 2002. Started publishing the blog in 2012.

One comment

  1. Dan and Sav will kick GD and sedo out of the marketplace because of their good dashboard and low low fees

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