Auction Partners of Domain Name Registrars

Almost every domain name registrar has an exclusive auction partner for selling expired domain names. Grab the domain name you want by putting in a bid or backorder at the correct auction house.

Read the full article entitled, How to Grab an Expiring Domain Name.

Domain Name Registrar Auction House Partner
BigRock [3] Go Daddy Auctions
Go Daddy
Wild West Domains
Public Domain Registry [3]
Ascio Technologies NameJet [1]
Network Solutions (NetSol)
Melbourne IT
Tucows [2]
1&1 Internet None
Bulk Register SnapNames [1]
NameScout Pool

[1] On April 11, 2016, SnapNames (owned by and NameJet (partnership between and Rightside) combined resources on pending delete/dropping domains to better compete with other drop catching services. Going forward, backorders placed on either platform for pending delete names will go into a common backorder pool and will be fulfilled either by NameJet or SnapNames depending on which platform the backorder was placed. Pending delete names that have multiple backorders will be placed in a common private auction accessible to bidders from both platforms to participate in the live auction. Minimum bid increments and proxy bidding rules for NameJet will be modified to match those of SnapNames. Registrar expiry, and direct lister inventory will not be affected by this integration.
[2] Tucows Sending Expiry Inventory to NameJet, May 4, 2017.
[3] Another major registrar is sending expired domains to GoDaddy, November 22, 2016.

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37 Responses to “Auction Partners of Domain Name Registrars”

  1. Hi Michael says:

    I want to backorder a domain in redemption currently – expired last month – the registrar is Who is their auction / partner as it seems i am best backordering with whoever they are partnering with first. Any help would be much appreciated

  2. NAA says:

    I learnt Tucows has moved to GoDaddy, how true is that? Can you confirm?

    1. See note 2: “[2] Tucows Sending Expiry Inventory to NameJet, May 4, 2017.” There’s a link that describes where Tucows is sending expiry inventory.

      1. NAA says:

        I see. I guess I missed that. Thanks.

      2. DCC says:

        Does this mean that Tucows will still allow Namejet to capture the drops before being 100% expired? Then, once it expires, they move over to GoDaddy, correct?

        1. Yes, Tucows will allow domains to go directly to NameJet for auction if they have at least 1 bid during the expiration process. In other words, NameJet gets an exclusive option to auction off domains from Tucows.

          If no bids at had by NameJet, then it expires and can be drop caught by any of the providers.

  3. chandi says:

    Great article. Appreciate. By the way do you have any idea about auction partner of CRONON AG Registrar?

    1. Thanks Chandi.

      Please see the original article at, and look at the FAQ. In particular, please see the question: “Question: Can you tell me how I can find the auction house for”

    1. Sedo is not an expired-domain auction platform.

      I believe I have contacted 1and1 in the past few years to verify that they have no auction partner, but you’re welcome to contact them again and double check.

      If it drops, then you should use a backorder service (before it finishes pending delete):

      I have been using Pheenix recently with good results.

      1. thanks for the reply Michael. I’m personally now very curious why 1and1 doesn’t have an auction parter when most big provider do. Aren’t they missing a revenue opportunity here? (granted, you cant speak on behalf of 1and1! but I’d be interested in what you may think).

        1. I don’t speculate on topics like this. I have no idea. Sorry.

  4. Olatunde says:

    Hi Mike. I’d like to ask if using a dropcatching service like Pheenix for instance, if there are multiple backorders and we all bid for a backordered name, then a winner emerges, will all the bidders still be charged $18 for the backorder? Or their $18 credit is already exhausted since Pheenix caught the name even if they weren’t the highest bidder?

    1. Hi Olatunde,

      As far as I understand…

      If you are the only backorder, then you secure the domain name for the backorder price which is:
      .com – $21.99
      .net – $21.99
      .tv – $58.95
      .cc – $58.95
      .org – $21.99

      This price includes one year of registration and one year free Whois Privacy Shield.

      If there is more than one backorder, then it goes to auction. You do not pay the backorder price if it goes to auction, but if you win the auction then that price includes registration and privacy.

      Hope that helps.


  5. Herb says:

    Who is the auction house for CSC domains? Thank you very much.

    1. Corporation Service Company is a brand services company. They are not in the business of allowing any domains to expire. In fact, their business is keeping them renewed as long as their client companies are in business.

      1. david says:

        I am in a similar situation. I have tried contacting this company to no avail. Is there any better way/suggestion as to how I could find out which company owns a URL that CSC have obtained it for and therefore try and negotiate with them upstream of CSC?

        1. This is where relationships matter in the industry. Knowing who to contact to make a deal happen is oftentimes a requirement. Unfortunately, I don’t have that connection.

          You can try contacting a buyer’s broker ( to inquire, but they’re likely not going to spend any time unless the domain name purchase price is greater than 5 figures and they’re going to earn a commission.

          You can try to contact a consultant, like, as they’re likely to have connections, but they’ll likely require a retainer or hourly fee. Worth contacting them to ask.

          You can try harder to reach a CSC connection through Linkedin, etc.

          In every failed attempt, try to ask for a referral. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right person, let alone negotiate the purcahse. Being an entrepreneur is hard work. Good luck.

  6. Mike says:

    GREAT article thank you!

    Who is the auction house for registrar Epik?

    Thank you

    1. I asked Rob Monster, CEO and founder of Epik, and he said, “We send our expiry stream to Snapnames on Day 36.”

  7. Fareed Ahmad says:

    Great informative post I must appreciate your diligent work, its very helpful post for every one.keep it up.

  8. Mark says:

    Can someone please tell me who is auction partner for UNIREGISTRAR ?

    >>>> ???? >>>>>

    1. As of today, Uniregistrar / Uniregistry does not have a partner auction provider.

      Be sure to check out our backorder services provider list:

  9. Dave B says:

    Great resource Michael. I’m using it today because I was trying to figure out where a domain name was dropping. Thanks for keeping it updated!!!

  10. elevator says:

    Good job Mike. But please, I need to clarify a procedure of backordering; is it only client who placed backorder on a particular domain that can buy the domain on auction when expired or anybody can bid to buy that same domain without placing backorder on the domain? Or are they two differnent procedure. Sorry, if I sound awkward but I hope you understand my question

    1. When a domain name expires, if there is an auction partner at the registrar where it expired — and if more than one person places a backorder for it — then it goes to auction. If there is only one backorder on the domain name, then that one person is awarded the domain name for the minimum bid.

    2. Ikehook says:

      I think you’re asking if you need to back order the name to participate in the auction.

      It depends on the auction platform. Dropcatch and Pheenix allow open bidding, so if a name is being auctioned anyone can place a bid, even if you didn’t back order the domain.

      Snapnames and NameJet and BackorderZone, require you to have placed the backorder to be elligable for the auction.

      I’m not sure about the others.

  11. Yoav says:

    Thanks for your previous response :)
    I understand that CRONON AG. hasn’t responded to your email yet.
    Anyway, I have one more question I would like to ask.
    What is the auction partner of ASCIO TECHNOLOGIES, INC. Registrar ?

    Thanks in advance :)

    1. Hi Yoav,

      I do not know the answer to your question. As with Cronan, I have emailed Ascio Technologies ( via their contact form. When they respond, I will update the matrix above.

      Here is the email I sent to them. You can use it for other inquiries you have; then let me know what you find out and I can update the matrix.




      I’m writing to ask you if Ascio has an established partnership with an auction house per the table listed at In other words, when a domain name expires, do you auctioned it off via a service like NameJet or SnapNames or simply let them drop and allow the fastest drop catcher or hand registration to register it?

      Thank you,
      Michael Cyger

    2. Ascio Technologies responded to my inquiry: “Yes we hereby confirm that our expiring domains are auctioned at Namejet currently.” I will update the table above accordingly.

  12. Yoav says:

    Thanks for your quick answer Michael :)

    I have two more questions and It will be greatly appreciated if you would answer:
    1) According to your table above^, the registrar Melbourne IT auction partner is:Snapnames.
    But I find this a bit outdated because I have searched a bit on different search engines and noticed conflicting results.
    On the one hand Melbourne IT has no auction partners and on the other hand Namejet is the auction partner of this domain name registrar(according to my search results).
    Is still the auction partner of Melbourne IT ?

    2)What is the auction partner of CRONON AG Registrar ?

    Thanks in advance :)

    1. Hi Yoav,

      It appears that Melbourne IT may not be exclusive to SnapNames. They were purchased within the past 6 months by CSC (, so whatever was may change. I’ve asked an expert in the area your question and will update the chart above when I have more information.

      Regarding Cronon AG, I have sent an email asking who their auction partner is, if any. I’ll update you here if/when they respond.


  13. Yoav says:

    I wish to backorder a certain domain which is currently registered with MarkMonitor. and soon to be expired.
    I don’t know what are the Auction Partners of this registrar.
    I didn’t find any reference to the registrar: MarkMonitor in your article.
    Who is/are the partner/s of this registrar in auction ?
    It would be very much appreciated if you would add MarkMonitor. to the list above and explain a bit about MarkMonitor’s expiring/pending delete domain Auction process.

    Thanks in advance :)

    1. MarkMonitor is a service provider that provides “brand protection, domain name management, domain registration, and anti fraud solutions” — according to their website. Because they perform these services, it makes sense for them to also be a registrar to be in control of their clients assets. You can see a list of their clients here:

      As such, MarkMonitor does not have an auction partner. It’s not to their advantage to do so, and might look suspect in they eyes of their customers — who are large companies with many trademarks, brands and assets under management.

      Thanks for the question. I’ll list them above under “None”.

  14. Jeremy says:

    I noticed that “DirectNIC” is listed with both NameJet and SnapNames. Is this correct?

    There’s an expiring domain I wish to obtain that is currently with “DirectNIC”. Do I need to backorder it with both auction house partners (NameJet and SnapNames), or is only one of them actually the partner.

    I backordered it from NameJet and noticed that NameJet’s General Manager said they had an agreement with DirectNIC. Is this exclusive? I just wanted to know if I should also backorder with SnapNames as well, or if I should be good enough with just a NameJet backorder.

    Thanks, in advance, for any info. :-)

    1. Hi Jeremy,

      I believe DirectNIC is partnered with NameJet. When I interviewed Matt Overman, GM of NameJet (, this was one part of the transcript:

      “Michael: Great, and we are going to talk about that private sale option, but you also have a fantastic amount of expiring domain names coming through your system. And I have got an article on DomainSherpa that I will link to that lists some of your auction partners, such as Directnic, eNom, and Network Solutions. Is there a reason why you get such great dropping domain names as well?”

      “Matt: Yeah, well, you touched on it. We do have a fantastic list of exclusive registrar partners that provide the bulk of the inventory that is sold on NameJet. So, those are exclusive to NameJet pre-released domains that get sold; we have a handful of great registrar partners.”

      I’ll reach out and verify. If you don’t hear from me, it’s NameJet. :)


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