You might inadvertantly place a very high bid.
GoDaddy dropped its new iOS domain Investor app a couple of weeks ago. There aren’t a lot of new features yet, but it was completely rewritten under the hood for some new features coming soon.
There is a cautionary thing to note about the UI.
When you go to a domain name’s bidding screen, you’ll see the current bid price for the domain in the text entry box. You can tap “bid now” to bid that amount. The problem arrises when you want to make a proxy bid.
When you tap your finger in the text entry box, it doesn’t remove the number in the box. Instead, it appends whatever you type to the end of the minimum bid amount. In the example below, the minimum bid amount is $155. I tapped the box to enter $300, but as I typed it made it $155,300:
After I typed the number and tapped outside the box, this is what I saw:
I’ve caught myself several times before hitting the bid button, and I suspect someone (maybe even me) will accidentally submit a much higher bid than planned.
Although I no longer have the old app, I believe it removed the bid amount when you tapped in the text box. This is standard behavior for a number entry field like this.
I let GoDaddy know about this but think it’s worth a warning while it makes a change to its app.