A new issue with Name Cheap

by AFI
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I guess I should know better than to search on their site for domain names. I found the perfect domain and it was snatched up less than 10 minutes later.

I really feel this practice should be illegal and you should have 24 hours to register your domain after searching for it. I'm just venting. It really made me angry.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Jen, I use NC for years and never had any issue. Ever.

    So I'm a bit confused... cause I try a lot of different domain names everyday.
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    • Profile picture of the author anthony2
      Originally Posted by Fernando Veloso View Post

      Jen, I use NC for years and never had any issue. Ever.

      So I'm a bit confused... cause I try a lot of different domain names everyday.
      i agree.

      i've used godaddy at first and left them, been using namecheap
      for many years now and never had a problem.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        If you are looking for other people don't use registration sites directly.

        Use something like nameboy.com so you don't identify the exact domain you are interested in. 99% of the time I've found that site to be accurate about available domains.

        You can provide your customers with domain options and ask them to rank their preference - and THEN you can go to namecheap and register a domain.

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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          You also know that if you wait a week the domain will be available again if it was a temp registration.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
    I have heard about this with them before, I have not personally experienced it because I do not use their services.

    I usually use domainsbot dot com, I have never had that issue with them.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Ooh, I'm very surprised to hear about that happening at NameCheap. (I mean, GoDaddy, yes, well known for it ... ) :confused:

      You just have to be ready to buy immediately when you search, I suppose ... "thinking/decision-time" no longer available ... difficult situation, if you effectively have to have your client on the phone while you're actually looking ... :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author AFI
    I've never had an issue either and I've used them for over 10 years. But what I neglected to mention is this has actually happened to me TWICE this week, so I know it's some sort of purchase bot picking up on searched domains.

    And before anyone says "well why don't you register them right away then"? I was looking for them for other people. The people got back to me within minutes saying they were taken already.
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    • Profile picture of the author razorhound
      Originally Posted by AFI View Post

      I've never had an issue either and I've used them for over 10 years. But what I neglected to mention is this has actually happened to me TWICE this week, so I know it's some sort of purchase bot picking up on searched domains.

      And before anyone says "well why don't you register them right away then"? I was looking for them for other people. The people got back to me within minutes saying they were taken already.
      Could it be that other people who bought it? Unless they can be 100% trusted by you or else I would suspect that too. I searched for several domains this week and bought them few hours/days later and had no problem at all.

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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    I've never had that happen to me with NC. Actually I love them to death for domain registration. Anymore though I use Instant Domain Search to check for domain names because it is crazy fast and easy to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author AFI
    It just started happening this week! I have been a huge Name Cheap applauder for over 10 years like I said and that is why I used their site to search for domains. I search for domains daily for my clients and it has happened twice this week suddenly.

    That is why I'm saying it seems to be a new issue. Saddens me really. I like NC.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    So... guess it's time for us to start testing 10 domain names per day... lol If 1K of us do it everyday... NC will drop this idea fast.

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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Namecheap is not known for hijacking domains that are searched for. I imagine that someone else had the same idea at approx the same time. It happens.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarah Russell
    Agree with Suzanne. I think until we hear about this practice becoming more widespread at NC, it's safe to assume that it's just more competition in the internet marketing world. If a domain was really good (and assuming it was something keyword based and not personal), it's reasonable to assume that someone else had the same idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
    Did you check the WHOIS record for the domain?

    That would be revealing... and be a true answer
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    • Profile picture of the author AFI
      Originally Posted by Caleb Spilchen View Post

      Did you check the WHOIS record for the domain?

      That would be revealing... and be a true answer
      I can't remember which 2 clients it was for now. LOL

      I'll try and figure it out.
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      • Profile picture of the author davezan
        Originally Posted by AFI View Post

        I can't remember which 2 clients it was for now. LOL

        I'll try and figure it out.
        If it somehow helps, maybe create an account in advance for that client before
        searching for the domain name/s. Just be aware whose account you're logged in
        lest you might confuse which account should the domain name/s go into.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
    If you want a domain, and it's available, register it. Don't hesitate. As long as it's available, it's available for ANYONE to register.
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

      If you want a domain, and it's available, register it. Don't hesitate. As long as it's available, it's available for ANYONE to register.
      ^THIS^

      Ever since I realised this practise goes on, I will search for a domain I want and if it's there, I buy it, no questions, it's only $10.

      Sadly as Dans said, you don't own the domain until you've bought it and even then you don't own it, you've just rented it for as long as you've paid for but with the ability to renew your rent when it runs out, or lose it.
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  • Profile picture of the author RichardF
    That's strange, and worrying. I've never had this happen at NC either, but it's definitely possible. I always use other sites to search for domains though... I particularly like Instant Domain Search. Of course they could do the same thing and snatch the domain before you get a chance to register it, but so far it hasn't happened. I guess the only way to be really safe is to query a WHOIS server yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Meharis
    Originally Posted by AFI View Post

    I guess I should know better than to search on their site for domain names. I found the perfect domain and it was snatched up less than 10 minutes later.

    I really feel this practice should be illegal and you should have 24 hours to register your domain after searching for it. I'm just venting. It really made me angry.
    I don't care what anyone would tell you.
    When it comes to Money and/or Domains I don't trust my own mother (Sorry Mom).
    You' ll never have problems Checking here: Internic | Whois
    Meharis
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  • Profile picture of the author CoolCaesar
    This has never happened to me either .. those 2 domains must've been mind blowing

    mind sharing them with us? since they're already registered
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  • Profile picture of the author drmani
    Originally Posted by AFI View Post

    I guess I should know better than to search on their site for domain names. I found the perfect domain and it was snatched up less than 10 minutes later.

    I really feel this practice should be illegal and you should have 24 hours to register your domain after searching for it. I'm just venting. It really made me angry.
    Tip: Use NC's domain search tool WITHOUT being logged in as a user, and this
    doesn't happen

    Hope this helps

    All success
    Dr.Mani
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    • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
      Originally Posted by drmani View Post

      Tip: Use NC's domain search tool WITHOUT being logged in as a user, and this
      doesn't happen
      Maybe THIS is the reason why I never had any issue ^^.
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  • Profile picture of the author skwish
    it hasn't happened to me before, either... i heard that it happens on godaddy, though... and that's why i use namecheap.

    i just looked up some domains on namecheap earlier, hope they aren't taken now!
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    Originally Posted by AFI View Post

    I guess I should know better than to search on their site for domain names. I found the perfect domain and it was snatched up less than 10 minutes later.

    I really feel this practice should be illegal and you should have 24 hours to register your domain after searching for it. I'm just venting. It really made me angry.
    Jennifer, this is why I recommend never searching for available domains at registrar sites. I always make it a point to search on third party domain locator/finder sites, and have not encountered any issues like yours before.

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  • Profile picture of the author Murt@gh
    Well I don't know if you can point the finger just yet.

    It could be someone using domain dropping services that instantly snatched up the domain, as they saw that it was going to expire (happens all day, every day.) Or, it could be an information error on the part of NameCheap. Now I don't use them and I never have done, but I've searched to see if domains were available on popular domain registrars before, and the registrars said the domains I wanted were taken, but when I went to purchase on another domain registrar, is actually showed up as available and I got the domains.

    You have to consider many factors and yes, I understand that there could be wrong doings going on by the registrars but, the other two things above I listed are likely also.

    P.S - If it is a really good domain name, people will be using domain dropping services to try and register the domain name within one to ten minutes of it expiring. A lot of domainers do this.

    Regards,
    Ross.
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  • Profile picture of the author shystar
    Thats crazy...used namecheap twice but didn't have any problems. I usually use godaddy and never had a problem with them neither with that.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisQ
    I find this unlikely. I, too, have used namecheap for years and have never seen anything like this, not even when I was searching while logged in.

    Twice in one week honestly doesn't sound statistically significant based on the number of domains that get registered every day. You're attributing causality to coincidence.

    Honestly, I'd be shocked if this were true. Twice in one week is unfortunate, but not all that unreasonable.
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