I've heard once that these sites are not 100% reliable though - appearently they check the domains regularly, but people are sometimes able to beat them by registering it before the expire-services' automated registry program.
I really want this domain so I'm willing to pay the $69 - $75 fee - but I want a service that will very likely grab it, and register it for me when and if it becomes available.
Also, if I go with expirefish.com , how do I know someone else isn't trying the same thing with snapnames.com or some other expire-and-grab-domain service?
No one has a proven track record. You'll need to get RRP access if you want to increase your rate of success to the highest possible % - ie it'll cost you a bomb. Alternatively, go with Enom's shared RRP access - $2500/month, no guaranteed results.
If you really want the domain, then you'll probably have to invest more - hit all of them and hope you are not beaten by the others (there are some really good major players around)
there's ahuge difference WC. Snapnames has a success rate of 89% at getting what some call 'trash'. If you think the name you are after is not too valuable, then they should do their job. If you go after domains like sex.com, Snapnames don't stand a chance at all
I used Snapnames once, and lost. This was around 6 months ago. I called them, got in touch with the president and he divulged to me that on the day I didn't get the domain name, they had a success rate of 89% at snapping up freed domain names.
Pretty good odds, but not a huge consolation to me.
In college, 89% is a B or a B+, so overall that's pretty decent results for a $70 fee - if the domain is great. I suppose you can cover the bases by buying into both expirefish and snapnames for the same domain.
It seems that with namewinner, I pay $25 - Start an auction - Person number two that wants domain has same idea - Sees it is already started as auction - Joins it and bids.
nicgenie seems to be the same concept.
As soon as i put in a bid for $25, it's going to go in their public list of expiring domains - "Search through our list of expiring domains"
These are supposed to be SEARCH and GRAB. Instead, these start an bidding AUCTION.
Why in the world would I want to publicize a domain that I want and invite the world to auction on it?
Is there simply a service that will Search and Grab, and charge me when they get it? Last thing I want to do is start a public auction. If this is the case, it might be best to remain silent on this domain and just wait for it to expire.
Is this correct that these are Auctions, not private search and grab?
What is dropwizzard? It seems they charge $120. Is that private search and grab?
The phrase "only pay on Success" seems to coincide with any auction. On eBay for example, you only pay if you are the highest sucessful bidder.
I'm not looking for an auction. I'm looking to be the very first one to register a domain when and if it expires and becomes publicly available.
If there's not a service that does this, I'm probably better off watching it carefully each day after the expiration date and just grab when it's released.
Looks like the dropwizard service is much like expirefish and snapnames. Snapnames will only allow one person to snap a name. But that doesn't mean that they can stop any of the other services from attempting to snap.
I will report back to this thread once I see if I win or not. I found an expired domain that has not been let go yet and somebody is already on it at snapnames (two people can't snap the same name) so I signed up at expirefish (nobody at expirefish was looking at this name). This seems like a pretty fair test to see who is better, snapnames or expirefish.
I signed up for $19.99 at expirefish and that gets me one name on my list and one year of hosting (if I get the name). If I don't get it, I can put another name on the list.