High profile Uniregistry expired domain sale at Dynadot is nixed.
Update: it appears that some snafus with Uniregistry sending its domains to Dynadot caused the domain troubles. The original bidder is getting the domain for $23,000. Dynadot hasn’t historically had high-value names sold through its system, and apparently, it didn’t give enough time to the winning bidder to pay given the amount involved. This caused a ripple effect with automated cancellations, plus apparently a mistaken support rep.
A Dynadot representative told DNW: “There was a payment issue that has now been rectified and the sale is being processed. We understand that there have been some kinks with the launch of Uni domains to our auction platform but our teams are working hard to make the necessary adjustments for a smoother process moving forward.”
Original story follows…
Last week there was quite a bit of chatter after Cerebrum.com closed for $23,000 in an expired domain auction at Dynadot. Some people thought the winning bidder overpaid while others were upset they were outbid.
This morning I received an email from the runner-up bidder in the auction. It turns out that the winning bidder didn’t pay.
Not only that, but the domain auction was subsequently canceled. This domain was at Uniregistry and owned by an end user, Cerebrum Health Centers in Texas. Dynadot informed the runner-up that the auction was canceled because the domain was transferred to another registrar. (Whois still shows the domain at Uniregistry as of this morning.)
The runner-up is upset because he transferred money across international borders (i.e., it cost money to transfer) to buy the domain and the auction was subsequently canceled.
Like third-party domains auctioned off at GoDaddy, ones auctioned by third parties at Dynadot can still be renewed or transferred.
Regardless of the circumstances, Cerebrum.com didn’t end up selling for $23,000 after all.