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    I've had SnapNames watching a domain name that supposedly expired in December. This morning I got word that the registration info had changed, and Whois is showing that the former owner's info has gone and there's just a blurb there from Network Solutions. The name is still marked as "reserved".

    What happens next? I thought SnapNames was supposed to pounce on the name on my behalf. When will that happen? Is there anything else I should be doing? I want that domain so bad I can taste it!!!

    Dynamoo???

    Elisabeth Archambault

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    When you get that kind of notification it means that you'll usually get the name in the next couple of days.

    I don't know if you've seen the delete process info at SnapNames but I guess you're at the "in purge" part by my experience.

    Cross your fingers [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    Took ages for my snapnames domain to come through.

    My understanding is that if more than 1 person has a a snapname the it becomes a lottery.

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    I sure hope you're right, Dynamoo!

    Snapnames says there's only one SnapBack subscription per domain name. But of course, if other services are doing the same thing, then yes, it would be a lottery. Here's hoping ...

    Elisabeth Archambault

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    You should see some results around the 8th - 9th.

    But if it's a popular name, Snap may miss out. They only usually get 2nd grade stuff at present.

    >My understanding is that if more than 1
    >person has a a snapname the it
    >becomes a lottery.

    No. There can only be one Snap.

    But it is a lottery because lots more people than just Snap are going after it, with some heavy equipment in place.

    I just leased a new $200/month server to increase my strike rate.

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    I think Snapnames claims about a 60% success rate, even though there's only one snap reservation at a time.

    (PS I hope it's not aol.com or dmoz.org) [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>(PS I hope it's not aol.com or dmoz.org)<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> Nope, it's better than that. At least for my purposes!

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    I've heard from SnapNames and let's just say that I'm smiling ...

    In case this is useful to anyone - I had both SnapNames and ExpireFish watching the domain (I reeeally wanted it!!) ... and it was SnapNames that got it.

    Now I have some work to do ...

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    Are you prepared to tell us what the domain was? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    I have a couple of good Snaps I'm hoping to get soon!

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    Dynamoo, I sent you a PM. The others will have to do their own detective work!

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    Got it thanks!

    SnapNames is awfully addictive, but at $69 per go it's kinda expensive [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    I originally signed up for SnapNames to watch a different name that should have been available before Christmas but never came through.

    When I stumbled onto this one it was already expired but not yet available, and I switched SnapNames over to watch for the new name instead.

    I had set ExpireFish to watching it too, and now I have most of a year left in my account there to watch for something else. ExpireFish is cheaper, but SnapNames did the job and ExpireFish didn't. It would be interesting to know if SnapNames consistently performs better, because if they do they'd be worth the higher price for a serious domain hunter.

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    I just had a look at ExpireFish and it does seem to be similar.. except I couldn't figure out how to actually reserve the name.. I'll look again later.

    However, it turns out that someone is using ExpireFish to bid for the same domain that I have reserved at SnapNames, so it's a SnapNames vs ExpireFish showdown on this one!

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    Let us know how it goes.

    I wonder if there's a way we could compile enough "showdown" results to discern if one service is consistently more successful than the other, or if the results are mostly random.

    Does anyone know of other similar services out there besides SnapNames and ExpireFish?

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    >However, it turns out that someone is using ExpireFish to bid for the same domain that I have reserved at SnapNames, so it's a SnapNames vs ExpireFish showdown on this one!

    Only if it's a 3rd rate name. That's all the expirefish usually gets.

    Snap as a rule only gets 2nd rate. - I got a few good hyphenated ones through them recently.

    The first rate names mostly go to the pros, unless you're really lucky. I got a good one today, but I had to pay $500 for it. My system missed it.

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    I'm curious -- what are your criteria for labelling a domain name first, second or third-rate? Is there something specific you look for or do you go by gut feeling?

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    Well, it's mainly about traffic - how much the domain is likely to get without you putting in much effort, and whether that traffic can be easily convinced to pull the card out of their wallet.

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    Drew, what system are you using for $500?

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    Someone else's system.

    I only charge $250.

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    I'm trying to get a domain through SnapNames.
    It expired on 7-22-01.

    Is it common for the names to be in limbo that long? Is there anything else I can do to check on the status?

    Thanks! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    No, it's not common for a domain to be expired for almost a year and it's quite likely the registrar is keeping hold of it and not deleting it as they should.

    Incidentally, my last snap failed.. I had a reservation on it, someone had one using ExpireFish but as far as I can see it went to a mystery 3rd party.

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    >I'm trying to get a domain through SnapNames.
    >It expired on 7-22-01.

    >Is it common for the names to be in limbo that long?

    For names held at NSI, very common. SOme date back a LOT further than that.

    Just sit back and wait and hop it drops before you have to pay another year on your Snap.

    >Incidentally, my last snap failed.. I had a reservation on it, someone had one using ExpireFish but as far as I can see it went to a mystery 3rd party.

    Well c'mon then! What was the name?

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    I'm not sure how the domain was acquired, there's a reference to dropcatcher.com on the registration though.

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