I used to go on Namejet daily, now it is weekly, and soon might be monthly if that. While GoDaddy is my preferred registrar, this move is likely not a positive for domain investors. This is right on the heels of the employee bidding scandal and on top of years of bidding games GoDaddy in general. This starts with introducing bidders IDs.
GoDaddy has dragged their feet for years on this.
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There is no longer any valid excuse to not have them. The namejet shilling bidding problems appeared much larger than the Godaddy 1 employee problem. How did we find out about the GoDaddy issue? GoDaddy How did we find out about the Namejet issue? Domainer detectives. Well, it was a clever Godaddy customer domainer detective who first discovered the problem there:. These allegations alluded to employees potentially participating in auctions, shill bidding coordinating bids to drive prices higherand providing insider information to clients.[Hindi] Sell Domains!! Earn Lakhs!! Godaddy
Godaddy seems to be responding decisively and responsibly and are scoping out introducing bidder handles and other possible platform improvements. It was a domainer that discovered the Godaddy employee problem.
And it was after 3 people already knew about it that GoDaddy looked into it. Not everything is out yet.
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If nobody else backorders a domain, it is yours for your starting bid! View Cart. Your cart is currently empty Search for a domain? I would suggest investigating what those rules actually are and report them to the main authority that handles.
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Since it was registered officially to you in whois, and you did pay, to my understanding that constitutes a valid ownership of the asset in question also. Even if the rules say they can do it, since you paid, since you "got" the asset, and since you could have transferred the domain out before this occurred, I think you could legally sue in small claims court to have the domain returned to you.
They screwed him for sure. I bet they got a bit more money from the "resale" too. Threaten them with court action because their terms specifically spell out the scenario in question. It's likely that NameJet are the parent company if this account was setup with eNom on the poster's behalf due to an auction with them. AJ on Aug 7, Just kidding, but I lost a domain that way.
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The domain system is a mess and unless you have strong intellectual property ownership behind the name you should assume you could lose it at any time. BrokenEnso on Aug 7, So give what happened and the low value involved, I'd suggest two things I'm not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice look at contacting Washington State's consumer protection board and the Better Business Bureau  for the state.
They might not take up the issue, but this does seem like something that would likely violate some state bases consumer protection law.
I guess a good lesson is to always take it away from eNom Yeah that was high on my list of things to do even with paying for another yearbut they "auction lock" domains for some number of days after winning I'm guessing in person-to-person transfers they want to make sure it's legit. If I bought a name through one registrar, am I allowed to switch to a different registrar?
The Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy, applicable to all ICANN-accredited registrars, provides that registered name holders must be able to transfer their domain name registrations between registrars.