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    [Please help] Acquiring .com name pending-delete?

    Hello. I need advice/help please, on whether a name is available or when it will be? And, how I can obtain it? Being a college student if it goes to some auction (?) then I **won't** be able to afford to take part. When replying, please note I do not know much about domain acquisitions at all.
    Back in December 2004 I registered the domain in its .org, & .net variants. I use a UK registrar and am pretty happy with them. The .com one though was already registed but hadn't been used at all for a couple've years from what I could see in the Internet Archive machine, and wasn't in use. It was registered by some person in America with Melbourne IT Australia.

    I enquired to them - in retrospect probably a mistake - but I didn't know any better.

    Email from Melbourne IT, Australia's "namesbyrequest" service
    Date: Dec 28, 2004 11:25 PM
    We have received confirmation of your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions of Melbourne IT's Names By Request Service and your
    expression of interest regarding the following Domain Name(s):
    Requestor Name: removed, Email Address: mine.removed, Requested Domain Names: -----

    At the same time I bought the single-name watch facility to try and grab it, though it didn't work; apparently, the watch on is still active, can't login to their website but've emailed support today. MelbourneIT subsequently sent me a follow-up email - again in December - saying they'd "been successful in securing" it. Gee. I asked how much it was as I wouldn't be able to obtain it - being a a college student - if it was prohibitive.They replied: "The cost of registering a Domain Name through our Names By Request service is - 1 year Purchase Price = USD$60" , 2 year Purchase Price = USD$95".
    That was around 40-60GBP not to mention the cost of having to transfer it to the UK registrar that my domain (the non .com variant) is with and then register it with them. I couldn't afford it and since it was daylight robbery as far as I was concerned, I didn't want to pay the appalling cost.
    It was registered by someone who never used it and I don't want to be extorted to get it back. I'd rather not work with Melbourne IT period as I don't like the way they seem to do business. Sadly, that seemed to be that.

    However, on July 9th 2005, I received an email to the address listed on the Whois info for Both were identical and looked auto-generated. This was email:
    "I am writing to inform you will be expiring around 14 th July 2005. There is a good chance that there will be several interested parties attempting to capture this domain when it expires, these will vary from parties with a genuine interest to domain name speculators otherwise known as cyber squatters who often put large price tags on such domains. We are domain acquisition specialists and I felt that as the owner of, you would have a much more genuine interest in acquiring DOMAINNAME.COM. If you would like us to try and acquire this domain on your behalf then please let me know at least 24 hours prior to 14 th July 2005 by email or phone...".

    Needless to say I'm not interested in going through them.

    Query from: (minus domain name) today:
    Domain Name:
    Whois Server:
    Updated Date: 10-jul-2005
    Creation Date: 15-mar-2005
    Expiration Date: 15-mar-2006
    >>> Last update of whois database: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 04:27:09 EDT

    What I would like to know is, IS the domain available to buy, and when/would I be able to do that??? How much might it cost?
    My domain (well, the .net and .org and variant) are with the registrar I want to continue to use and transfer it to if necessary: (owned by Pipex).

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    If I were you, I'd pay the $60 and be done with it.

    It sounds like you unwittingly signed for a registrar to capture the name when it became available. They did. Now you need to pay them.

    But, just pay them for the one year and then transfer away to a different registrar, if that's your decision.

    Even though it is "PENDINGDELETE," it can be there for some time.

    Do what you have to do to get the $60 and purchase the domain.
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  3. #3
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    Jul 2002
    Originally posted by SoftWareRevue
    Even though it is "PENDINGDELETE," it can be there for some time.
    If it is a .com or .net, a PENDINGDELETE status means that it will be dropped and therefore made available in 5 days.
    Co-Founder @HostHideout. Profoundly influenced by #Bauhaus, @Nameslave unrepentantly embraces #Minimalism with a bias for functionality, color theory and pixel precision: a #multimedia messenger in the McLuhan sense. His totally irrelevant M.Ed. dissertation examines Organizational Culture and Change Management. He also likes Patrik Ervell, Wong Kar-wai and IKEA.

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    It is a .com name, just to confirm

    In reply to SoftWareRevue:
    I thought, though bear in mind I'm probably confused with information overload, that the pendingdelete thing means melbourneit don't have control over it six days from the last updated date - i.e. on the 16th?
    I haven't used and haven't accounts with any of the domain acquisition websites people mentionn in threads here but had a quick search on them just now. A search on enom for the .com domain name shows: Type: ClubDrop Close date: Jul 16 2005 12:00AM.
    Some site called suggests it's got a deletion date of 2005-07-16 and allows backordering. Likewise All costing sixty dollars at least. :-/
    In terms of both economically and safely, what's best to get the .com variant of the domain?

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    best is to cover all your bases because you don't know who will win it.
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    use and it will tel lyou the day it will drop at

    also order it from all services available such as's so you dont lose it.
    good luck.
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  7. #7
    In my experience I found that Snapnames work better, if that helps.

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    Sep 2002
    Actually if the domain name is registered at Melbourne IT, I would suggest their namesbyrequest should be the best solution, I mean the probability of the success rate should be really high.

    I never used their namesbyrequest actually. Maybe anyone has more detailed information
    Imagination is more important than knowledge.

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    Just a note to thank everybody for their kind help and advice. I had at least 'a fighting chance'.

    Sadly, I was unsuccessful in the end; at the auction.
    I was the high bidder for some days but somebody came along at the end and so went to somebody else. I've another variant of course but wanted the .com version to have a personal site on etc etc.

    Ah well. I guess it must have been really really important to the person who won it. Hope they do make a nice site for it.

    Bidding history

    POOL_895 $132.00 2005-07-19 16:20:04
    (at this point I was trying to bid $130, more than I'd wanted to really but in any case it kept saying invalid bid. I hadn't known at the time the min bid needed to be $10 above!)
    POOL_895 $122.00 2005-07-19 16:19:57
    You $112.00 2005-07-19 16:19:52
    POOL_895 $110.00 2005-07-19 16:17:55
    POOL_895 $100.00 2005-07-19 16:17:37
    You $90.00 2005-07-19 16:17:29
    POOL_895 $80.00 2005-07-19 16:06:22
    POOL_895 $70.00 2005-07-19 16:06:11
    You $60.00 2005-07-16 18:20:14

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    Sep 2002

    Sad to hear that you were not able to get the domain name.

    However, think of another domain name and develop it well
    Imagination is more important than knowledge.

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