What is happening with some of the Snapnames pending delete domains?? One minute they are in my ‘backordered’ que and the next minute they are gone and I get an email from Snapnames telling me that the domain is for sale via Buy It Now style.? This happened on quite a few domains, but I just right now took a look at three of them… bargained.com, goodwill.net, and 5starhotel.net.? Instead of going to auction they are now being sold for the flat rates of $8,372, $9,932, and $1,892.
I checked the whois for them and it is all the same, registered at Name.com with whois protection on them.? Why the whois protection?? All registered at Name.com with whois protection… coincidence or same person/company that owns them now.? How did they go from pending delete to being sold on Snapnames as Buy It Now?
I just decided to check a few more to see the whois on them, to validate if this is a coincidence or not.? I check veteran.net, designerbrands.net, and makeout.net.? The whois is the same style as the other domains.
So I take a look at all the websites.? They all look the same, showing ads with the same format.? I view the sourcecode for each page and the page is being served by dsnextgen.com.
Next up is a whois search on dsnextgen.com, and what do we find?
Domain Name: dsnextgen.com
Name: Host Master
Address: 515 S. Flower Street, Suite 4400
City, Province, Post Code: Los Angeles, California, 90071
Now I know that Snapnames offers domain parking, and dsnextgen.com might be their parking service, but it all seems a little off to me.? My detective skills end here, I’m too busy developing things, so if anyone else wants to follow this further and see what you can come up with I’d be more then happy to do a follow up post with your findings.