Why is Shawnee.com Listed for Auction on NameJet?

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I spend quite a bit of time on NameJet searching for upcoming domain name auctions and participating in auctions. Overall, I have a pretty decent experience using the platform, save for the occasional delayed delivery or non-delivery of domain names. There was also the time NameJet was auctioning a domain name I owned without my permission, but that was apparently an issue of human error.

Yesterday evening, I noticed that Shawnee.com is listed as an upcoming “Expiry” auction on NameJet. When I did a bit of pre-auction research, it seemed peculiar that this domain name would be listed for an upcoming auction, and I posted about it on Twitter:

If you visit Shawnee.com, you can see it is being used by a company called Shawnee Communications. That is the first thing that made this listing a head scratcher. Typically, expired or expiring domain names do not resolve to an active website. A look at the current Whois record made this an even more confusing issue:

As you can see, Shawnee.com is not only registered at GoDaddy, but it is also registered through 2028. Even if it were to expire and not be renewed, the domain name would flow to GoDaddy Auctions rather than to NameJet, unless it was deleted (in which case there would be more than one drop catching service trying to snag it).

According to the Whois History Tool at DomainTools, Shawnee.com was pending transfer away from Network Solutions in September of 2019. By November of 2019, Shawnee.com was registered at GoDaddy, where it remains today. The only reason I could see it coming up for auctions is if the registrant listed it for sale, but if that were the case, it would not be listed as an “Expiry” auction.

According to NameBio, Shawnee.com was sold for $10,445 on NameJet in January of 2019.

Konstantinos of OnlineDomain.com wrote about a domain name he owned that was listed for sale via NameJet when it should not have been listed. I can’t speculate about whether or not this issue is similar or related to the current issue, but I think whatever the issue is, it needs to be fixed. At a minimum, there should be some way NameJet automatically removes Expiry auction listings when domain names are not registered at partner registrars where it doesn’t make sense that they would be auctioned.

Unless I am missing something here (which is always possible), I don’t really think this domain name is going to be in an Expiry auction on NameJet. There are 60 bidders who have this domain name on backorder right now. Had it gone through the auction process, someone might have paid and waited for their domain name to be fulfilled only to later have the auction canceled and refunded.

Assuming my read on this is correct, NameJet will likely have this auction removed. However, if there is an underlying issue here, there could be other domain names on the platform that await the same fate, and it is something NameJet should address across the platform rather than on an individual basis.

About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of DomainInvesting.com. Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the DomainInvesting.com Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I won the Namejet auction for the domain Marinha.com last month. Not only did the owner of the name NOT put it up for auction, he bid on the domain in the auction as well. I contacted Namejet about these discrepancies hoping to find out what was going on because I really wanted the name – still do actually.

    In multiple emails from Namejet, I was told it’s okay to bid on your own names and that they (NJ) didn’t know who put the domain up for auction – though it was definitely not the owner (per NJ). In the subsequent emails I received from Namejet customer service, it was apparent that the employees I was dealing with didn’t have the slightest clue about Namejet’s own TOS, domain names, the expiry process or whois.

    They were adamant that I pay even though I knew for a fact the domain would never transfer to me. When the date came up and I didn’t pay, they terminated my account – even though I’ve bought and sold quite often and participated on a daily basis there. Never had one problem. Michael @Namebio put it correctly when I contacted him about taking the sale off the board. “They terminated you when an apology was in order.”

    I will never use/buy anything from a Web.com affiliated company ever again. I don’t care if the inventory there is fantastic. I don’t care if they’re giving away LL.com’s. The customer service at Namejet has been abhorrent for me since I started using the platform. I’ve never witnessed a company do that to a decent paying customer that was asking important questions about a large purchase. Customers are allowed to do that.

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