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Why I Bought a Blatant Trademark Domain Name

Over the weekend while reviewing a Dropping.pro list of domain names coming up for auction that day, I saw a domain name that stood out to me. It’s the unique name of a popular beer in the .com extension. The domain name had been registered for many years before expiring and dropping. I am pretty certain the beer name is a trademark of the brewery.

I backordered the domain name and prevailed. I am now the registrant of this trademark domain name.

You’re probably asking yourself why I bought the domain name and what I am going to do with the domain name. I will share a story and explain.

10 Recent Minimum Bid Purchases This Year

Yesterday I wrote about why I think expiry auction prices have grown inflated over the past few years. This has made it more challenging for me to buy good inventory quality domain names at reasonable prices. It seems like the days of buying a good name under $100 are pretty much long gone.

It’s not impossible to find good domain names in expiry auctions that have no competition, but it is quite a bit harder. In fact, in years past, I would stay up to the NameJet bid deadline when I found what appeared to be undetected gems that I might be able to poach without other bidders if I waited until the last minute. I can’t even remember the last time I did that (although the bid deadline is an hour later –  midnight – for me).

Paul Nicks Comments on Fiscal Auction

Fiscal.com appeared to be destined for an expiry auction at GoDaddy earlier this week. The domain name auction was due to conclude on Monday afternoon, and bidding had surpassed the $30,000 mark. I was a participant in the auction (bidding over $30,000), and I was prepared to spend considerably more than the high bid. In fact, I had offered more for the domain name earlier this year.

The Fiscal.com auction disappeared from GoDaddy Auctions at some point between Sunday night and Monday. This was surprising because the domain name was registered at GoDaddy and there was less than 24 hours remaining in the auction. As far as I know, a 2017 change in how the expiry process works was supposed to ensure that GoDaddy-registered domain names that make it to 3 days or fewer in an auction with bids can no longer be renewed by the registrant since the redemption period had passed.

DropCatch Working on Login Issue

I was attempting to log in to my account at DropCatch.com this afternoon when I encountered some difficulty. A couple of times I saw a system maintenance landing page which prevented me from doing anything on the website. A few additional refreshes later, and I was able to access the login screen but unable to login. Instead, I saw the error message, “Sorry, we cannot log you in at this time.”

I reached out to DropCatch.com to ensure the company was aware of the problem – and also to double check that it wasn’t isolated to my account or a subset of accounts. I was told the company is aware of the issue and working on resolving it. I was also told the website should be back up and operational soon.

There are quite a few domain name auctions ending soon, and it would be a shame if the update isn’t made before the auctions end for the day. I hope the Drop Catch team is able to Push It soon.

“Inconsistencies in the Bidder Assignment Numbers” at GoDaddy Auctions

GoDaddy Auctions is the only domain name auction platform I use on a regular basis that does not show the static bidder nickname for auction participants. In lieu of this, GoDaddy assigns bidders individual Bidder #s in each auction, such as Bidder 1, Bidder 2, Bidder 3…etc. When an auction closes at GoDaddy, bidders can see the static bidder identification numbers of participants.

I have always been under the assumption that the Bidder # is based on the order the person places their bid. For instance, if Bill bids first with a $100 proxy, he would be Bidder 1. If Jane is the second bidder and her bid is $75, she would be outbid by Bill, and she would be Bidder 2. The next person to place a bid would be Bidder 3. If Bill bids again and takes the lead, it would show Bidder 1 as the top bidder. I never put much thought into it, but that is what I have always assumed when looking at the bid order at GoDaddy Auctions.

When I was bidding on the Academic.com auction in July, I noticed something peculiar as the auction was closing. The main auction page had a different leading bidder # than when I opened up the auction bids from the GoDaddy Auctions homepage. It did not really matter all that much to me because I had been outbid, and I have 100% confidence the auction was won fairly.

After the auction concluded, I shared this on Twitter and alerted GoDaddy to what I noticed:

Private Seller Names on NameJet Should be Registered at Newfold Entities

A NamePros post about NameJet caught my eye this morning because I have dealt with the same situation multiple times. In the NamePros post, the thread starter detailed a month-long, unsuccessful effort to get possession of a domain name he won at auction. Presumably, NameJet collected his payment already, so he is out his funds and the domain name.

I try my best to avoid “Public” domain name auctions at NameJet. The domain names in these auctions are privately owned by domain investors or others who wish to sell their domain names rather than expired domain names. NameJet started out as an auction platform for expiry auctions, but it opened up for private sellers several years ago.

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