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I've suspected this for years, but the proof is starting to show up.

If you look up the availablility of a domain name via the Network Solutions website, be prepared to buy it that second. If you don't, they (NS) will... and then they'll try to ransom it back to you at a higher price. 

If you still don't buy it from them, you have virtually no chance of getting it, because the expired domain vultures will swoop down, literally within milliseconds after Network Solutions lets it go (after their 5 day ransom period.)

Try looking up a name at Network Solutions, and then go over to and try to register it. Just make sure it's a name you don't actually care about.

This is seriously dirty behaviour...  don't be surprised if you hear the words "Class Action" in the near future.

Of course, I'm still pissed about losing to some parasitic jackass in Singapore, but that was my *former* hosts fault. I tried to renew several times and they screwed it up... so it expired.  Within almost no time at all, it was gone. Thanks a lot, SoftCom! I can't even make contact to try and buy it back (although I'm sure they would want too much for it anyway.)

Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2008 12:52 PM General Interest | Back to top

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I find the backordering on GoDaddy works quite well. They have snagged a couple of domains for me in the past. And best of all you pay once and then you can keep transferring it around domains until you finally win one back so its not a total waste of money. Of course if the parasite keeps renewing there is little you can do.
Left by Zman on Jan 09, 2008 3:42 PM

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I tried this myself with the domain name and indeed it is the case...
Left by Jonnay on Jan 11, 2008 1:06 PM

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Almost as bad as the debacle where the poor guy almost lost his long running website because some movie studio with a War Games movie tried to sue him out of it. Something I think Chris could relate to with his many ventures in game store owning.

Also, there was a story a while ago about an evil World of Warcraft player holding his guild hostage after they debated for hours on what to name their guild website without the funds to pay for it right away.
Left by Heartless_ on Jan 28, 2008 3:46 PM

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I hear you. I have been trying to change donaimes now for 14 DAYS. They say 24-72 hours. Well, I did it on line, nope, wouldn;t work. Called in, they emailed me a form, I filled out and faxed back in. Five days later I check on it,a nd call in, only to be told it is the WRONG form. SOOOO, I got a new form,a nd emailed it back to the person at network solutions. I was told 24 hours, WELL, that was 3 days ago. Today when I call, the Super tells me it will be yet another 24 hours. They need to get off their asses and do their job....
Left by Denise on Aug 25, 2010 5:57 PM

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