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Conflicts Between Uniregistry and Afternic

Earlier this month, I wrote about how domain names added to Uniregistry were being listed for sale via Afternic. This served as a bit of a warning to people who may have priced a name for a prospective buyer at Uniregistry and now that price could possibly be listed as a BIN price at Afternic. It could be problematic for someone who doesn’t regularly update prices at Uniregistry.

Although I do not price my names at Uniregistry, I have run into an issue where domain names I own and add to my Uniregistry parking account then conflict when I try to add them to Afternic. I will share an example with you.

Uniregistry Market Names Merged Into Afternic

If you have domain names listed for sale in your Uniregistry Market account, they may have been added to Afternic. This is notable and important to follow because sellers need to ensure their Uniregistry Market names and prices are updated to current market prices and availability.

This morning, I was tracking down a domain name I owned and sold on a payment plan via Escrow.com. When I was checking the Whois record, I noticed the DomainTools message stating, “This domain is listed for sale at one of our partner sites.” I clicked the link and was taken to a for sale page at Afternic indicating the domain name was actively listed for sale on the Afternic platform.

Uniregistry Fixes Sales Banner Issue

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On Tuesday, I noticed something peculiar on a domain name I have parked at Uniregistry but do not have listed for sale. At some point, I believe, there was a change made that essentially rendered the “not for sale” option useless. Customers not only had to choose that option, but they needed to also select “no” under the sales banner option, or the domain name would still show the sales banner.

Domain Names Removed from Parked Pages at Uniregistry

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Thorsten from Finlead tweeted about changes to Uniregistry parking pages, and I asked him what aspect he was referencing:

If You Renew an Expired Domain Name, Check the Name Servers

A friend of mine reached out this afternoon to ask if I know who is managing the portfolio of Mrs Jello, the domain investment company founded by the late Igal Lichtman. I gave him the name of someone I thought might be helpful and asked what’s up. He mentioned that Mica.com expired and Mrs Jello should renew the domain name before it is auctioned or deleted.

I took a look at the Whois record, and I noticed the domain name is registered at Uniregistry, and it has an expiration date of March 2021. The domain name was not in expired status because if the registrar had renewed it for a year in preparation for an auction, the domain name would have already run through its full expiration cycle by now. What my friend noticed and I confirmed is the name servers are set to Uniregistry’s default name servers (NS1.EXPIRED.UNIREGISTRY-DNS.COM NS2.EXPIRED.UNIREGISTRY-DNS.COM), and as a result, the landing page indicates the domain name is in expired status:

GoDaddy Online Services Cayman Islands Ltd.

Last week, Finlead first highlighted a big corporate name change involving Uniregistry and GoDaddy. It looks like the new corporate registrar name for domain names registered at Uniregistry is GoDaddy Online Services Cayman Islands Ltd. This comes on the heels of GoDaddy’s acquisition of Frank Schilling’s company, which includes Uniregistry and Name Administration.

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