This has happened to me like 3 times now. I spend a lot of time trying to come up with a good domain name that is still available. I check to see if it's available by typing it in the address bar of my browser and seeing if there is anything there. I also go to NameCheap and search for it there. I don't usually purchase it right away because I like to think about it for a couple days. But, I note that it is available. Then when I come back a few days later, guess who's bought it up? Domain Agents - whoever they are. And of course they want like $199. minimum for it.
I'm starting to wonder if when we do a search for a domain on NameCheap if they keep track of what people search and pass that info on to Domain Agents. And then Domain Agents probably goes and beats people to the domains knowing that some of those people will come back to purchase the names they looked up. I'm guessing the NameCheap partners with Domain Agents and when they are able to sell some of these domains at higher prices NameCheap probably gets a percentage. What do you think? Are they stealing our domain ideas when search for them on NameCheap?