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# 36206 22-Jun-2009 10:02
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Hi there,

I have my eye on a domain which I would really like for a small business venture. The domain, according to, is "recently expired".

I know that there is a grace period of 90 days for expired domains to be re-registered by the incumbent registrar, but I'm looking for advice on the best way to make sure that I can get the domain when it becomes available.

Last time that I tried to do this, I set a reminder for exactly 90 days from the expiration date, but when I went to my registrar's site on that day, the domain was still showing as recently expired. 12 hours later it had been snatched up by someone else - I imagine this happened the moment that it became available for registration. 

Does anyone have experience or advice on the best way to do this? I have seen a few "expiring domain" services floating around the internets, but it is hard to tell which ones are legit, and to be honest, it can be pretty tough to determine what exactly the service is offering that I can't do for myself.

Help is appreciated.

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  # 227307 22-Jun-2009 11:13
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I have used both of the following.



Unless you are sitting at your computer 5-15s after the "drop" and can get through all the registration steps really fast, you probably won't beat the automated process of the snatch companies.

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  # 227343 22-Jun-2009 12:38
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Hmm. That's a little dissappointing, but to be honest I had expected that to be the case. The problem is that the domain I want is a real cracker - a hidden gem that you would almost certainly expect to be registered. And it's not appearing on any of the expired domain sites, so I will be revealing it for all to consider.

I might wait until the day before it is supposed to become freed up, and submit it to a snatch company then.

Thanks for the tip.


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  # 227363 22-Jun-2009 13:37
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Those sites only get a list of expiring domains 48 hours before the expiry. So, check it out then. Otherwise, as you say if you submit it early, it just gives it more promotion.

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  # 227367 22-Jun-2009 13:44
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Oh okay gotcha. I will check them out 48hrs before closing time and hopefully there won't be too much competition.

Thanks for all your help!

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  # 227482 22-Jun-2009 19:27
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evandavid: I might wait until the day before it is supposed to become freed up, and submit it to a snatch company then.

Good idea, not sure if they work with's but I'd definitely recommend for .com's.  I was able to secure our company's domain name with Pool (I also had a handful of other domain snatchers setup). 

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