For many years, I would place my NameJet backorders right before the 11pm Eastern closing time. This was at the end of the evening for me, so the backorder time was pretty convenient as I was often shutting things down for the evening.
At some point in the last couple of weeks, I noticed a change at NameJet. The backorder closing time shifted one hour later – to midnight Eastern time. This gives people an extra hour to place backorders on domain names coming up for auction on NameJet and SnapNames. I believe this change is related to the integration of NameJet and SnapNames that is happening slowly.
I hardly ever bid on SnapNames, but other changes I have noticed in the last couple of weeks on NameJet:
– All auctions have NameJet and SnapNames bidders
– Some auctions start around 2:30AM Eastern time
– Some NameJet auctions that aren’t pending delete have starting bids of $79
– Auction bid increments are sometimes different, presumably the names that would have been exclusively on SnapNames
Ultimately, I think there are more advantages for me than disadvantages. I am seeing more names available on NameJet, which is helpful considering I did not bid much on SnapNames. I also like the extra hour before the backorder closing time because there are times when I need an extra few minutes due to various things. Yes, there is more competition, but there probably aren’t many people like me who almost exclusively bid on one platform over the other.
If you noticed other changes, for better or worse, feel free to share them.