Domains from partner registrar were mistakenly sent to GoDaddy for auctioning.
Over the weekend, a Domain Name Wire reader noticed that expired domain names from some domain name registrars had been pulled from GoDaddy Auctions. This included domain names that already had bids. When I looked the domains up, it seemed that some of them had previously been renewed by their owners.
All four of the registrars that this reader noticed–BigRock, Domain, FastDomain and Public Domain Registry–are owned by Endurance International Group.
Now at least one GoDaddy Auctions customer has received an email explaining that some of the domains they won are going to be pulled back due to a mistake. The domains should not have been sent to GoDaddy auctions from the partner registrar.
While it doesn’t name names, all of the domains I’ve seen are at Endurance registrars.
I received cancellation emails today for three domains that I won last week. When I checked their whois, two of them hit Redemption and one is up for sale with Afternic banner on it. Their registrars were PublicDomainRegistry, FastDomain, Tucows.
Andrew Allemann says
Keep in mind that partner registrars can pull back domains that are registered within their redemption periods. GoDaddy’s are held back until the customer cannot renew it, but others don’t. I suspect that’s what happened with Tucows.
I received an email today from my Rep confirming the issue.
GoDaddy Auctions works with multiple partners. We recently were alerted to an issue where a supplier inadvertently sent some domains that should not have been auctioned and we removed the impacted domain auctions from our platform. Unfortunately, some domains completed auction before we were notified. Those auctions will be cancelled and the winning bidders will receive a full refund. We apologize for this inconvenience and assure you we are working with the partner to avoid this situation in the future.
If you have questions please let me know,
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