Was doing research for domain names this morning, using suggested tools form this forum, which one's don't really matter to my story.
After doing my research, I located a list of 25 or so domains to check on.
This is where it gets interesting.
I used DomainsBot.com to look and see if the domains were available.
I went through my list, and found 3 names that were available in .com form according to DomainsBot.com.
Great, I went immediately to Go Daddy, where I do most of my registrations, type in the name and found the .com domain was no longer available.
I then went back to DomainsBot.com to check and make sure I spelled the name correctly there, as it was still fresh on my screen, it had only been 2 minutes or so since I found it was available.
Checked the spelling, it was correct, refreshed the screen, and now it shows the domain as for sale at Sedo.com.
At first I thought it might have been a fluke, but as I moved on to the other two domains, I discovered the something had happened, both .com versions were available just minutes before, now those were gone as well.
Yep, you guessed it, both of those, when I checked the names again at DomainsBot.com minutes later, were now also available for sale at Sedo.com.
Has this happened to anybody else? I assume now, that Sedo.com, must also be, or connected to DomainsBot.com.
Suggestions for how to avoid this situation?
Pretty slick on their part, if that indeed is what happened. They used 3 hours of my research, and snagged three of my .com names that I found.
I can buy them now for only $399 each, or make an offer.