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    Unhappy How to get an expired domain back

    What is the best way to get hold of a domain that was in your use and it expired and it is still not dropped.
    The option of re-registration is not available as the registering company refuses to do it for some reason.
    Is there any way to force them to drop the domain so I can register it?
    Is there any chance of getting it after it is dropped?

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    When did the domain expire? who's the registrar?
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    The registrar is Directi, an Indian company.

    The domain expired in September.

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    At most stages, except the very last 5 days (pending delete) of the 80 day process from the expire date, you can usually log into the registrar and just pay for it, with added fees for allowing it to get to that state. (Especially if it's hit the 40 day "redemption period").
    Since you say your registrar will no do this, the only think you can do is watch it, at about day 75 from the expire date, it will enter "pending delete", which lasts 5 days. It will drop on the last day between 11am and 2pm, PST. There is no hurrying it along, your registrar can not change the well-set process.
    As soon as you get the "no info /whois found", go purchase it again. If it's a good domain, do it quickly, as anyone can nab it at that point, and if it's a really good domain, you may be fighting squatters scripts to nab it.

    Good luck. Make sure to pay that registrar on time if you get it back!
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    In the future when you register a domain name also make sure your contact information is up-to-date so that you can receive expiration notices.
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    Thankyou for the post mugo, a couple of my domains expired and I seem unable to get them anywhere. Hopefully I can attempt to now, however when I received renewal notices they wanted $100 a year etc... surely this isn't normal!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by poxxxy View Post
    Thankyou for the post mugo, a couple of my domains expired and I seem unable to get them anywhere. Hopefully I can attempt to now, however when I received renewal notices they wanted $100 a year etc... surely this isn't normal!?
    seems like bad business practice.
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    They were big name domains, I think i've had similar renewals from both namecheap in the us and also heartinternet here in the uk. Very strange... however the renewals came straight from nominet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by poxxxy View Post
    Thankyou for the post mugo, a couple of my domains expired and I seem unable to get them anywhere. Hopefully I can attempt to now, however when I received renewal notices they wanted $100 a year etc... surely this isn't normal!?
    After they hit the redemption period that's pretty normal. Even Godaddy upcharges, some registrars don't allow you to purchase it at that time, and there is a good amount of controversy around some changes that were made for the "REDEMPTIONPERIOD" status. After the domain hits this period, the registrar has requested deletion of the domain. No updates can be made other than a "RESTORE" request. Either a registrar has some manual or automatic provision for doing this, or they don't, usually. If they don't, and human to human calls don't get you any movement, you are just forced to wait it out and gamble ordering it again before someone else does.
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    What is the current status of the domain? Unless it's in redemption period you should be able to pick it up for the regular renewal price.
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    remember some charge from $40 - $145 for redemption plus the normal registration fee. like thaman said change your whois info and activate auto renew if you don't want your domains to expire.
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    If the domain is in redemption and you can buy it back then I would recommend that you act quickly. You don't want to wait hoping you can just get it back someday at normal price.

    I guess it depends on how important the domain is to you.
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    I think you must call the Indian Company and to discuss directly with they. This is not normal in my opinion. You must have the possibility to receiver a domain in this situation. I think you must change the registrar too and to have always set up automatic renewal on your domains.

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