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GoDaddy Stole My Domain!

GoDaddy Stole My Domain!Does this sound like a familiar situation for you?


  1. Went to GoDaddy (or name another popular domain name registrar),
  2. Searched for a domain name,
  3. Saw that it was available for registration,
  4. Decided to take a few days to think about it,
  5. Decided you wanted to register the domain name and
  6. Went back to GoDaddy only to find that it was already registered.

Then, of course, you think: GoDaddy stole my domain name!

How could it not be GoDaddy?

GoDaddy saw that you did the domain name availability search, the domain name is obviously brilliant, so they registered it and who knows what they plan to do with it.

But did GoDaddy really steal your domain name?

I received the following email from a reader recently:

Hi Michael,

I searched at GoDaddy a domain name and it was available, but I didn’t register it. A few days later I decided to build a website using that domain and found that GoDaddy registered it 2 days after my search and parked it in a phony web site saying “buy this domain”.


It’s heart breaking but a good lesson learned.

Why isn’t this illegal for GoDaddy to offer a domain search and then buy the ones people don’t register, like you write at

Shouldn’t they have a warning, “if you don’t register the domain we may register and sell the domain name you type into our search”? It’s almost like they’re stealing my intellectual rights.

Obviously I’m new to all this but this is really questionable business practices.

Thanks for this article,

So, did GoDaddy really steal this domain name?

The answer is no. Let me tell you why.

You can determine who owns a domain name by doing a “whois lookup”, which is basically a phone book for domain names. (There are hundreds of sites that allow whois lookups, these are just two.)

If you visit or and type in the domain name, you can see who owns a domain name.

For instance, if you look up “” here is what you see:


While difficult to read because it’s all one big block of text, you can see:

  • The registrant is Michael Cyger (me)
  • The email address and phone number are listed
  • Even though GoDaddy is listed as the registrar, they are not the registrant

More than 80,000 .com domain names are registered on a daily basis. Those are brand-new, hand registrations at registrars like GoDaddy around the world. In one day.

In the “SLDs Added to / Dropped from Zone” graph, you can view the .com domain names registered (green) and allowed to expire (red) for the past few days.

Is it possible that another person thought of the same, great domain name to register as you?

You bet it is.

Especially if the domain name is a generic or really cool brandable sounding domain name.

The lesson learned (well, two lessons):

1. GoDaddy is in the business of registering domain names, not front-running domain names that you’re searching for, and

2. There are more than 7 billion people in the world and the likelihood that someone else thinks of the domain name you want increases with time. Don’t wait, register the domain name when you think of it. The worst case scenario is that you don’t renew it a year later and let it expire…and you’re out $10-15 for the one year registration. (You can even register a domain name for $1.)

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67 Responses to “GoDaddy Stole My Domain!”

  1. Derrick says:

    In addition to my last comment, I did some further digging. I went to the parking page that’s holding my domain for ransom. It says I need to contact a company called to buy the domain. Of course when I click on the link, I’m taken to a Godaddy page where a representative will happily accept my offer to buy the domain……the author of the article says Godaddy doesn’t front-run domain names? Well what do you call that then?

  2. Derrick says:

    No. Godaddy does do this. I looked up a name and it was available. I put some funds on my credit card, and before I could buy it, it was registered and being ransomed back to me for $5,000. I did look it up on WHOIS, and it is them. the registrant is NameFind, LLC, which is the domain portfolio business owned and operated by GoDaddy.

  3. Darryl says:

    My domain name was stolen from my netfirms registration and ended up with godaddy for sale fir 8-10,000$ i had it for years

    1. Darryl says:

      I should add …. I’m really disappointed that andree degrasse , our great Canadian sprinter is helping them in ads representing go daddy. Surely he doesn’t know this company is totally unethical and he should not attach his good name to them.
      Go daddy, keep your ill gotten gains. I really hope my post takes at least 10,000$ of business away from your greedy company.
      Losing the name hurts.
      Bravo to all who expose them

  4. Michael says:

    yes. GoDaddy is known for stealing hostnames to sell their “broker” service that charge an extra $80 just for them to ask the “owner” (Which is Godaddy themselves) how much they want.

  5. Dave says:

    So Go Daddy does steal domain names. I typed a search for a domain using their service and it was available. I went back in the afternoon to register it – and they (Go Daddy) already did and then tried to sell me the name for 20x the original price it was listed for. That is an unethical business practice. Fair you say? No, not even close. The management team or whoever decided on this policy is a scum bag! Don’t they make enough money on their hosting services, evidently not! If I was an investor in the company I would FIRE the person responsible for this practice no matter how much money it made the company,


  6. Tom says:

    This happened to me right now, 20 July 2022.

    In my case I didn’t take days to think, but 2 minutes.
    2 minutes after I saw my domain available, I tried to add it into the cart to buy, but was unable to as GoDaddy said it was no longer available.

    I made a whois about this domain, and the ownership details are “private”.

    There is no way this process was manual or accidental. They are taking advantage of their position, knowing people’s demand for domains, and then snatching them so the person will have to use their “brokerage” service, potentially paying $5,000 for a domain he could have bought for several dollars.

    Very upsetting and dirty, I hope the perpetrators get what they deserve.

  7. Scot says:

    This article is not accurate. I know of a website that the guy had for many years and GoDaddy took it over I don’t know how or what the loophole was but he had tons and tons of work and research on that web page. you can still find it on way back but of course not in the same format.

  8. Dan says:

    I wish I had searched this before. I just settled on a name for a startup and wanted to know if the website domain is available. The domain wasn’t even a word in the dictionary. I searched it up on godaddy and it was available and sure enough ot was.

    Left it a couple of days while I research other things required, come back to buy the domains and now suddenly not available.

    Whois search shows registered to godaddy. There is no way that this article is accurate. What a bunch of scumbags. They just lost a customer who was going to use their hosting services.

  9. Rahul says:


  10. mike says:

    The same thing happened to me . It seams like it is a common , sad but true .

  11. Molly says:

    What if there is no registrar name or address, etc? It just has LLC as the registrar. And the domain was created the day after I did a search for the very same name. In fact, I thought that I HAD registered the name but then when I went back a month later, I hadn’t, but it was taken. I don’t understand but it seems super coincidental that my domain name that would not be very popular was created the next day and is now owned by Godaddy – not a private individual and I can pay $99 to see if I can broker a deal to get it.

  12. mal says:

    I did the same thing, Godaddy need reporting for this. Disgusting company!

  13. Sophie says:

    Same happened to me. Looked at two possible domain names for my business using the Godaddy search tool, and both were gone not even two hours later. There should some type of audit or legal interference into this practice as it sounds unethical and illegal.

  14. Lisa says:

    I searched a domain name and loved it. It was short, memorable, and a .com. Since it was available, I decided to register it *right then.* In the 30 seconds it took me to do it, GoDaddy already had it. They want at least $1,000 to sell it back to me. Did they steal it? Absolutely. It was naive of me to do my availability search on their site. It just never occurred to me someone would use the search to steal ideas. I’ll never make that mistake again.

  15. Sahil says:

    I searched a domain name on godaddy. It was available. The Next day, i thought of buying it but Godaddy already bought it. Thieves of the highest order!

  16. Jay says:

    Imagine going to a shop and browsing, then you are interested in purchasing an item at £40, its the last one left, so you put it in your shopping basket, but while you’re not looking, a sleazy sales rep steals the item from your basket then tries to sell it to you at £4,000! Thats whats GoDaddy does.

    It took me weeks to decide on a unique name for my business and searched the domain on 123-reg and it was available for under £40, I couldn’t believe it, I was so excited and had big plans to use it to launch my app, but I wanted to compare prices with other registrars, all available and similar price then finally checked GoDaddy – big mistake. After 15 minutes, I was ready to purchase, but when I searched again to buy the domain was for sale for over £4,000! I became very suspicious and visited the domain I wanted, it had some splash page saying it was for sale by GoDaddy for thousands.

    So I searched forums and found out that thousands of people have experienced the exact same thing. I researched 123-reg on Wikipedia, and surprise surprise, they are owned by GoDaddy.

    I called GoDaddy support to vent my frustrations and some customer service rep gave me some lame excuse, saying that they never register searched domains but maybe the domain was unavailable and was glitch in the system which was a lie since I looked it up elsewhere and it was available.

    When I looked up the WHOIS record – it shows as being originally registered few years back! I suspect GoDaddy put a ‘fake’ date on the registration record so it seems it was already registered to prove there claim.

    They even asked me for the domains I searched, they thought I would stupidly give the domains I wanted for them to to buy later.

    Too many coincidences make it likely a fact so I suspect they outsource this unscrupulous practice to domain front running agents who register searched domains after people search to sell it at higher price and make profit. Its shady but lucrative. Conclusion, don’t search domains on GoDaddy they will steal it and charge you extortionate price to buy it.

  17. Chris says:

    I can tell you, my experience leads me to believe your story is not true. I too searched for a domain, found the domain was available, went to purchase a few days later, and found it was taken. I contacted the GoDaddy broker who told me the domain was purchased in the month I searched. I attempted to negotiate purchase but they came back with a $25000 price. $20 a week before to $25000. What a bunch of grifters.

    Don’t use domain registrar sites to check availability.

  18. Noah says:

    Don’t believe this article. GoDaddy DOES track and steal domains. They have over 60 million of them. ICANN should make this illegal, but GoDaddy is a scam.

  19. Roman says:

    I have the same story, just after my check in 5 minutes the names was registered!!! And more , it happened for me twice! :)

  20. Adam Caruso says:

    I disagree with this article. The same situation happened to me, but instead of a “phony website” I see a splash page directing me to call GoDaddy to purchase a domain I searched using their service. This couldn’t be any clearer, the domain name is now being held hostage by them, and it happens all the time to others too.

  21. Bob says:

    Actually GoDaddy has entire outsourced departments dedicated to front running domain names.
    This is part of their revenue stream and business plan since the beginning.
    Ask anyone who works at their outsourced departments.

  22. Sabbir Hossain says:

    Before some while ago I just search for a desired domain name at godaddy. And it was available. After 5 minutes it was purchased by godaddy. And now they are asking 999 USD for this. I am very unhappy for this. Someone need to take proper action against then.

  23. Ebrahim Haffejee says:

    Go daddy steals your unique name when you use their search engine and then puts it up for sale, I can relate to so many of the comments. I advise anyone looking to do a domain name search not to use GoDaddy. Thieves, shady and deceitful. their slogan should be(search for a name with us so we can steal it and sell it at a ridiculous price) and there’s nothing you can do about it.

  24. Caramano says:

    I wish I have seen the comments to this post before attempting to buy, GoDaddy is a shady business and should be investigated and banned.

    Took me very long time to find the perfect name for my busines, I was about to register with Godaddy, I added it to the cart, then suddenlly the website said there was an error then reloaded and try again and suddenlly the name is not available anymore, it was registtred by them!

    I contacted support and they said it was a technical error that shows the name as available when it was not. Which is completelly false, I look up on a different site and it was available.

    Saty clear of this shady business.

  25. Jayne Russell says:

    I have had the exact same experience.
    Combined with an action that happened just a few months back, I dont believe it is GoDaddy but I do believe that they have been accessed somehow. In my case, once icann was updated, it was registered to a Chinese company. I even won an auction paying $800USD immediately only to find it disappear from my winning list, become unavailable, and appear on icann to a Chinese company 4 months later.

    I do not trust them. I do not believe that a single thing said to them on the phone is raised as a suggestion. They have deceived me actually using language indicating they believe I am stupid…..
    and dont understand the web domain system. My stupidity was using Godaddy for the first and only time instead of the solid company I normally use.

  26. RAKESH says:

    Did GoDaddy steal domain name?

    Maybe yes, how come 1000s of people facing the same problem, including me.
    If go daddy is not steeling the domain then definitely there is a loophole is there to steal it.

    If someone plans to start something and suddenly somebody steals his ideas then definitely that guys will lose all hopes.

    1. Cornelius says:

      Hey RAKESH, sorry to hear this. Their business practices are very suspect, but they know the majority of people won’t be able to challenge them on this so they continue. I had a site taken from me AFTER it was registered with them! They are a dangerous company for small businesses.

  27. Llewellyn says:

    Godaddy registered a domain name I was considering. My mistake was to use the godaddy domain search platform several times to check availability of the domain over 4 days.
    By around day 4 the domain was registered. This was many years ago.

    I never used godaddy to check availability again and have resorted to doing local nslookup searches instead to verify the existance of the domain.

    Your argument that godaddy would have registered it under their details is silly. Why expose themselves to lawsuits by doing that?

  28. Chelsea says:

    Michael, what you are doing by posting this article is helping propagate an industry that prohibits entrepreneurial growth by stealing people’s domains with domain tasting.

    Honestly, I hope you feel shame knowing that you did your part in your life make the world a lesser place. Your selfish behavior (I am sure you did not post this pure defense of GoDaddy without benefit) has real life consequences for us and future generations.

  29. Cornelius says:

    Same deal with GoDaddy messing with me. I had a few sites registered. I had auto renew. They said they had my old credit card info on one of the sites (which I didn’t know was possible, if I update my profile, that means my current card is for ALL of my transactions with you). Long story short, they said my site had expired and was with another owner. I asked how this was possible given that I had auto renew, but they maintained my auto renew wasn’t valid and there was nothing they could do. The info on it is private, so I can’t even see who’s got it, but this was just some underhanded BS.

    1. Maroon says:

      The same thing happened to me ! I got email says my domain was removed ?! I contact GoDaddy by phone , the guy on GoDaddy says that’s true and it’s really weird issue…after 15 minutes waiting…says it’s on he says! It’s not at GoDaddy anymore ….

      Btw my domain was on auto renewal and I did confirmed it and my credit card was OK a month before the expiration date…the domain just disaperd from the account!!!

      Btw today it’s the second day after I got ripped off and my domain showing for sale on GoDaddy ! For 5298.42$

      And it’s not the first time they do tricks , last year I disabled (turned off) some domains auto renewal’s and when I logged in few days later they showed up with auto renewal ON !!! Since the auto renewal issue I double check my domains every few weeks sometime few days… And still got ripped off.

  30. Steve Mussell says:

    Hi there I found the most amazing domain name in the world I was so excited I was trembling as I typed in. As soon as I’d finished I added it to the basket but then it told me that I need to login. Between then and logging in again that the man had gone up in price from £14-£1400. And guess what? The registrant was

  31. FUgodaddy says:

    Yep, mine got taken within 15 minutes can you believe that s***! Searched it was green on a different site than GoDaddy, I’m not going to mention the site but I believe it is affiliated with GoDaddy, since when you go to purchase domain it takes you right to GoDaddy, anyways long story short I had the name I could not believe it was still available it was a freaking Gold Mine of a name seriously a heavy-hitter SEO, went to take a pi** and drink a smoothie came back to see GoDaddy bought it up and they were wanting commission off of it, I could have helped a lot of people with that domain, true integrity, but some spineless worm got greedy, f*** GoDaddy.

    1. Steve Mussell says:

      Wey annoying. They did it to me too.

  32. Jp says:

    B.s. godaddy just has insiders they sell to why the he’ll would they buy a website under their own names

  33. Ian says:

    This is just a con-job on the poster’s behalf. Not sure if it’s sponsored directly or indirectly but clearly this post’s intention is to spread misinformation.

    As hundreds of people have found it, searching for a domain on certain registrars, particularly GoDaddy, is logged and monitored heavily. I’ve personally experienced what others have already stated; look up a domain on GD, see it’s available. Come back a day or two later to register it only to find out it has been taken.

    In my case, it was taken by HugeDomains, which is one of the world’s largest domain re-sellers. How did I know? By checking the WHOIS directory. GD definitely has agreements with re-sellers, especially when it comes to their auctions and dropcatch services. But that’s a story for another day.

    Also, when you look up a domain on GD and find out it’s available, if you’re doing it under a registered account, you will get an upselling e-mail within a day saying “Hey, is available! Save 20% on today!”

    Now, how would they know what domain you looked up if they didn’t monitor the searches? Hmm…

    Good luck explaining that one, Mike. Anyway, don’t bother. We all know the answer.

  34. omer says:

    Godaddy is rubbish company. Steal the domain name, what I was looking for, found available and about to buy. But when I opened the page after few hours, it was gone. what a coincident….right? nope, it’s “GoDaddy. Do not search and buy the domain names from this site.

  35. Terry Bates says:

    Go Daddy DO steal domain names, they use pseudonyms/different business names and park them up . It happened to me, I placed in a basket 2 domain names and went back 6 hours later to find that the domain names were now mysteriously not available. I was then offered them at £500 each. Now 1 year later I do a whois and these domain names are registered to… Go Daddy of course. They are thieves and will never get a penny of my business. I also spoke to someone not he phone about this and I cornered him and he more or less admitted it, Go daddy are domain name thieves and con merchants. You should tell the world.

  36. Anant Singh says:

    Q.1 Can i renew my domain name(DN) 1 day before it’s expiry to protect it as precaution before hand ? As i don’t want my DN to be fished by someone else after it’s expiry.
    Q.2 Does renewing it (from same registrar) will cost more then the cost when i purchased it at startup ?
    Q3. is there any grace period given to renew our fav. DN ?

    Note : not interested in hosting services.

    Thank You in advance.

  37. Brian says:

    This happened to me a few years back. I water to register and two days later, I went to register it and it was gone. I used the wayback machine and found that it was only taken from a short period of time over a decade ago. It sat unregistered for years afterwards. Then, within 48 hours of my search, it’s gone. I have a very hard time believing this was a coincidence. If someone else thought of it, why is the site not being used.

    1. Hi Brian,

      It is no doubt frustrating to want a domain name, do a search and then see a few days (or weeks) later that it’s reserved. But there are 323 million people in the USA alone, and it is possible that one of them had a similar idea as you — especially with a two word domain name like MetroBrothers.

      If you go to and look up the whois information, you will see that the domain name was registered on November 26, 2014 by Ziying Gao in Texas. You can see his email address and phone number, and contact him to ask if he’ll sell it to you. Or not, it’s your choice.

      As for your “If someone else thought of it, why is the site not being used.” question, a majority of registered domain names do not have websites. It’s very similar to vacant land…someone owns it, but there’s no house built on it — but that doesn’t mean that people don’t have plans for it, are investing in it and waiting for appreciation, or might be interested in selling it.

      Good luck in your project or business. I hope you get the domain name if you really want it. The opportunity is there.


      1. Ron says:

        Michael you are so full of crap. While what you are doing isn’t illegal, although it should be, you and I both damn well know that godaddy buys domains or reserves them or whatever semantics you want to use. I know this is a fact because in the past I have tested it several times. Out of the 6-7 times I tested it, godaddy miraculously bought the domain either the same day or the next day 4 of those times.

        1. Maj Abu Side Raiahan says:

          Dear Ron,

          There is something call Business ethics and service privilege. If you take service privilege from the same business where you are the service provider then are you going to tell me that you are running the business with proper business ethics.

          Your word is completely correct that Michael Cyger’s explanation is fully crap. They are utilising decision gape to make extra Buck. It may be the company or some culprit employee But they are doing it. I lost a domain name with in two hours. It is a Bangla word which means Soil/earth/land and none of the english person (Except few) suppose to know that. This word is also available In hindi with a same meaning. When I found the domain name I was waiting the for the comment from my team members when I got their opinion I found the site was in premium asking 1500$. I left it .. And don’t’ want to register that name.

          See the link below..

      2. Ron B says:

        Michael you are so full of crap. While what you are doing isn’t illegal, although it should be, you and I both damn well know that godaddy buys domains or reserves them or whatever semantics you want to use. I know this is a fact because in the past I have tested it several times. Out of the 6-7 times I tested it, godaddy miraculously bought the domain either the same day or the next day.

  38. Shawn Zang says:

    Same story here.

    I searched on godday yesterday and today it’s gone!

    I don’t believe this was a coincident.

    The name is quite rare.

    I will never search a domain from dodaddy again.

    1. Hi Shawn,

      Sorry to hear that you were not able to register the domain name you wanted:

      I did a WHOIS search just now and here’s what I see:

      Registrant Name: Nexperian Holding Limited
      Registrant Organization: Nexperian Holding Limited
      Registrant Street: Le Jia International No.999 Liang Mu Road Yuhang District
      Registrant City: Hangzhou
      Registrant State/Province: Zhejiang
      Registrant Postal Code: 311121
      Registrant Country: CN
      Registrant Phone: +86.57185022088
      Registrant Fax: +86.57186562951
      Registrant Email: [email protected]

      I don’t have any idea what it means, but when I put “zangj” into Google Translate it says, “Did you mean 藏经”. Perhaps this is the transliteration of a Chinese word?

      In any case, if you can prove that GoDaddy shares WHOIS search data with or Alibaba, then I’ll break this story wide open. However, I cannot say that you provided any conclusive data yet.

      Again, sorry you lost the domain name you wanted. I hope you can find a replacement soon.


  39. ethan klein says:

    Yes NEVER search for a name in godaddy if you are not planning to buy it right away, godaddy has sold my domain lookup data too many times, i was gonna register vz4(dot)com and got snatched 2 days later (paypal funds where clearing) and to this day (7 years later ) its still sitting in some squatters parking site
    (even random long names like lucasandfamilyengineers got squated lol)

    do your lookup on ICANN’s site

    1. Hi Ethan,

      Thanks for reading the article and taking a moment to post a comment. Thanks also for the information you shared.

      I did a bit of research and found some interesting facts that I’d like to get your feedback on.

      You said you were going to register 7 years ago. That would put it around 2010. But has been registered continuously since 2004. You can see the “created on” date at and it’s specified as 2004-01-24.

      Perhaps you thought was available for registration but it was actually in auction. That happens a lot because if you search and it’s in auction, I believe GoDaddy will give you some indication.

      Check out this video that could potentially explain what happened:


      Regarding, that domain is available for registration. According to the WHOIS history tool I have access to, it has never been registered. I suggest you go and grab it as soon as possible if you are interested in it.

      I hope my explanations are helpful to you. If you feel like my explanations still don’t cover your issue, please post more data and I’ll be happy to look into it further.

      Best regards,

  40. Crystal says:


    1. Hi Crystal,

      Per our email exchange, I believe the confusion is how you’re determining if a domain name is available.

      If you type a domain name into your browser’s address bar and it doesn’t resolve, that DOES NOT mean that it is available. A domain name can be registered and not have an active website. Or it may only be using the domain name for email, or file transfer, or a development site in a third-level domain name.

      In order to determine if a domain name is available, you need to do a whois lookup:

      There are many, many whois services you can use for free to see if a domain name is registered. Here are two:

      If the record comes back as “No domains found.” then it is available for registration at any registrar you choose (GoDaddy, Uniregistry,,, etc.)

      Here’s what an available domain name response from looks like:

      Here’s what a registered domain name response from looks like:

      Hope this helps.

      Best regards,

  41. Abu Raiahan says:

    Same thing happened with me and it didn’t took a day with in one hour godady took the site. I feel like to file a law suit against them. Can you tell where to file it.

    1. Hi Abu,

      I emailed you personally to ask for details on your issue, but you didn’t reply nor provide any factual information.

      I do not think that GoDaddy steals domain names and was willing to invest my personal time to investigate your accusations. If you change your mind, please reply to my email or use the contact us form at the top of the page.

      Best regards,

      1. Abu Raiahan says:

        I didn’t not noticig your mail thats why I couldn’t reply your mail. But godady stole my domain name ( which I can see that on sale still today.

        You guyes don’t have the business ethics. You gyes are totally corrupt.

  42. Walsh says:

    Godaddy is so dishonest about this I searched for two domain names, and they were available. Two hours later, they’ve both been registered. That’s a terrible business practice

    1. Hi Walsh,

      What are the two domain names?

      I’ll research them for you and post my findings to get to the truth.


  43. brian mutiso says:

    Mine was stolen too. I registered with godaddy past 2 days and now it is not available in my panel after having used it for 2 days. Other registrars list it as available but godaddy list it as not available to me. Waiting for other more two days to see whether it will be available for sale to break my bank

    1. Hi Brian,

      I believe you are mistaken. The domain you reference is available for registration:

      I suggest you go register it as quickly as possible.

      It could have been that you didn’t not click the final “purchase” button, or similar, when you thought you previously purchased it. In any case, do not wait or someone else will register it.

      Best regards,

  44. David says:

    I had a great name, was registered with go daddy, let it lapse went to buy it from Go daddy again, and wow, its available but at £12,000.

    Looked up who is and the registrant, is Go Daddy,

    Lesson learnt. So yes they should not be trusted.

    The best method is to simply type the name you want into a browser, and if it comes up sorry domain name cant be found, go and buy it straight away.

    1. Hi David,

      You are not reading the whois record correctly:

      While the registrar is GoDaddy, the registrant is a person in Korea:
      Registrant Name: cha baekjin
      Registrant Organization:
      Registrant Street: 1605-503 hanjinhaemoro , 548, Jeonggwan-ro, Jeonggwan-myeon, Gijang-gun,
      Busan, South-Korea
      Registrant City: busan
      Registrant State/Province: southkorea
      Registrant Postal Code: 619-740
      Registrant Country: KR
      Registrant Phone: +82.1063726322

      (You can read the definitions of registrar and registrant at

      Just like with land, or your home, or your possessions, you can ask anything you want when selling a domain name. Whether it’s realistic or whether anyone will pay that amount remains to be seen. Wait long enough, perhaps the registrant will let it expire like you did. Or, you can contact them and negotiate the purchase price, just like people normally do with land, or a home or possessions.

      Sorry you let your domain name expire and then decided you wanted it. It’s an unfortunate situation. But it’s definitely not GoDaddy’s fault.

      I hope you find another domain name that suits your needs.


  45. CD Saner says:

    Mr Cyger

    While this may not currently be the case, it certainly once was,
    multiple times I had this occur to me in early 2000, even in 15 minutes
    My advice is to try to go the url first, then be ready to purchase immediately,
    when looking it up on a registrars site..



    1. Hi Chris,

      If you believe it was in the past, but have no data, then I cannot try to debunk your statement. We can agree to disagree and move on.

      If you have recent data, please share and I’ll research. Happy to be proven wrong, but I doubt it’s the case and I will do the research jointly with you.

      If anyone is reading this and thinking, “yeah, me too” then do something about it. Here’s how you lookup domain names without using a third party website:

      Best wishes to all,

      1. roger doger says:

        I let some domains lapse: all with different registrars; that I did not want, just to see if they were snapped up, the one with go daddy was, the rest were not, I then registered one of the lapsed ones with go daddy, let it lapse again and it was snapped up by them.

        The other domains that I let lapse 5 years ago (not registered with Go daddy) are still available.

        That proves the point, Go Daddy are unscrupulous, unethical, immoral, cunning, furtive, sly, roguish and sinful.

        Of course, is not illegal, many sites advertise lapsed domains for sale, many unimaginative domain brokers rely on this practice to buy and sell domains.

        However the snapping up of domains that you have searched the availability of, to register, as so many have said go daddy, have done, should put people of using them for the searching and purchasing domains.

        Always simply type the name of the domain you require in a browser, if it comes up. The site cant be reached, (which does not mean it is not registered) then go to, (not who is dot net) and see if it is registered.

        SIMPLE. Job Done. But never use Go Daddy, for anything, I own 500 domains, and used to have quite a lot registered with go daddy, I knew no different in my early years of domaining, and I estimated that simply logging in and taking care of them used to take 3 to 4 times longer with go daddy, because of all the advertising bollocks and the disorganised way their site works.

        1. john josephine says:

          Godaddy ripped me off with I paid to use backorder 8 years ago and this week it expired. Godaddy told me on the phone that there will be a auction with any other back orders on it. Godaddy told me they would get a hold of me if there is a auction with other backorders on that domain and if no other backorders the domain would be mine. Godaddy told me to wait and do nothing they will get back with me. A week later they emailed saying they couldnt win the domain for me. they are crooks. Dropcatch is auctioning the domain with phony bidders now. The FBI needs to look into this. Ill be contacting them because I am a good friend of a agent in Chicago. This is criminal.

      2. john josephine says:

        Michael email me before I call the FBI ok.

        1. I registered I was not interested in the domain any longer. I got a new domain name. However, I noticed they violently took the domain from my account within the grace period. They CAN NOT do that. Then one day it came back to my account but right after I added it the shopping bag they took it away again. Considering all these claims I will also call the FBI and file a law suit, considering they have the domain for sale as a PREMIUM domain.

          I do not understand how could anyone advocate for this company…

          1. James Bailey says:

            Louis, you ask how anyone could advocate for Go Daddy. There is only one answer, Money Talks, and B.S. Walks. That is not saying that someone would be wrong in taking money to represent a bad company that would steal from prospective clients. When you speak to an attorney, you might ask if he/she knows of a Class Action Suit against Go Daddy. I spoke to an attorney who is a class action attorney (Product Liability) who did tell me she had heard of several Class Action attornies who were discussing filing a suit in Federal Court against Go Daddy and several others. You might also want to file a BBB Complaint.
            Just passing that along.

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