I just had a horrific experience with one of my domains. Apparently, the auto-renew was somehow turned off and it didn't get renewed. The next day after expiry, it was put up for sale. I just added a comment to the thread I started to get feedback from Warriors and thought it would be more beneficial if I started a new thread so it will stand out.
You can follow the rest of the thread here:
Here's the important addition:
I have just received notification from Midphase that it is NOT their policy to sell any of the domains being hosted on their server. However, mine WAS put up for sale and could very easily have been purchased, right out from under me. They thought I was making it up.
If you want to see the listing that went up the day after my domain expired, it's here (unless they take it down):
Midphase has issued an apology:
"I do apologize, as I was unaware that any of our domain names are put up for sale after expiration."
but it doesn't instill much confidence in the process. They have no idea how the auto-renew got turned off for this domain, and have given me no indication that they will ensure this doesn't happen in the future, or if they will be looking into whether they do or do not put domains up for sale.
I strongly advise you to keep tabs on your domains to make sure this doesn't happen to you.