Expired Domain Auctions
- How do I set my marketplace default payment settings in my account?
If you are planning to participate in our Expired Auctions and/or Backorders in our Marketplace, you need to set up your marketplace default payment settings first. Setting this up allows our system to put through your payment automatically so your order can complete on time. Both expired auction and backorder orders must be paid for within a limited time of 24-48 hours or you may be banned from our auctions. The following payment methods are available for your marketplace default payment type: account credit (default selection), or credit card. You will be able to select up to three payment methods and priorities. To set your marketplace default payment settings in your account, you first need to turn on your auto-payment settings by following these steps: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Select "My Marketplace" from the left-side menu bar and click "Default Payment" in the drop-down. Choose "Yes" from the "Turn default-payment on?" section. Press the "Save" button to save your changes. Next, select your preferred payment method. First Priority is set to "Account Balance" by default. To change this, click on the "Account Balance" link, choose your preferred payment and currency, then click the "Save" button. Repeat the same steps if you would like to set a Second or Third Priority. NOTE: We don't currently offer Alipay, PayPal, or Moneybookers (Skrill) as an automatic payment option. If you wish to use these for your expired auction or backorder order, you will need to manually complete your payment.
- How do I participate in your Expired Domain Auctions?
Our Expired Domain Auctions are a great way to pick up domains that are about to expire. There are a few requirements to participate: You must have a Dynadot Account (creating one is free). You must not be banned from our auctions. You must have completed a successful order payment of at least $5 with us within the last 365 days. If you are new to Dynadot or do not have a recent order history, the easiest way for you to fulfill this requirement is by creating a prepay order. Please note that the amount of the prepay will default to $100.00, but you can adjust this manually. Our expired auctions use proxy bidding. If you have the winning bid, you will be sent an email when the auction closes. There will be a very limited payment window (48 hours) before the order is cancelled, so we recommend using auto-pay for auction orders. NOTE: In rare cases, a domain won at auction will not be added to your account because it was renewed by the original registrant. If this occurs, your account will credited the full amount of the order. Because of the nature of the life-cycle of a domain, we must auction expiring domains at the tail-end of the original registrant's Renewal Grace Period. In most cases, this will not cause a problem and the domain will be added to your Dynadot account in 3-4 days. How do I place a bid on an Expired Domain Auction?
- Why am I banned from your expired auctions and backorders?
You should have noticed that when you bid on an expired auction and/or place a backorder request, you had to check a box agreeing to pay. When you do not pay for your domain, you are banned from both our expired auctions and our backorders. Expired Auctions In the past, some users have failed to pay for their expired auction orders. This is detrimental to our auction system since it not only inflates the price of the domain bought, but it also means the domain will probably be deleted. Expired auction winners will be given 48 hours to pay. If payment is not received and there were additional bidders, the second highest bidder will have 24 hours to pay. Backorders It takes resources to catch a dropping domain, especially since there is often competition from other registrars trying to catch the same domain. If we catch a domain, but do not receive payment for it, we have no choice but to release the domain. If we catch a domain with only one backorder request, an order will be automatically created and the customer has 48 hours to complete the payment. If we catch a domain with multiple backorder requests, the domain will go to a private 3-day auction that is only open to customers who originally placed a backorder request. The winner of the auction will be given 47 hours to complete their payment. If they do not pay, the second highest bidder will be given 24 hours to complete their payment. If you wish to have an auction ban removed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
- I paid for my winning Expired Domain Auction, why is it still processing?
Expired Domain Auction wins take 3-4 days to process as you are waiting out the tail-end of the original registrant's renewal grace period. If not renewed, the domain will be added to your account just as soon as this period is over. In rare cases, a domain won at auction will not be added to your account because it was renewed by the original registrant. If you need an exact date and time for when your auction order will complete processing, please email email@example.com and include your order number in the subject line. NOTE: Once the domain is added to your account, it will be in "Auction Lock" status.
- Which TLDs are supported in your Expired Domain Auctions?
We have many top-level domains (TLDs) available for you to bid on in our Expired Domain Auctions. Here is the list of the TLDs supported in our auctions: .COM .NET .ORG .INFO .TV .MOBI .BIZ .ME .NAME .TEL .ASIA .XXX .AT .BE .CC .UK .CN .CO .DE .EU .FM .IM .LA .MX .PL .SO .SX .US .WS .CA .コム What is an Expired Domain Auction? How do I participate in your Expired Domain Auctions? How do I place a bid on an Expired Domain Auction?
- How do I place a bid on an Expired Domain Auction?
Find your next great domain in our Expired Domain Auctions! To place a bid in the Expired Auctions, please follow these steps: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Find the domain you want to bid on in our Expired Auctions in the Marketplace section of our site. Click on the domain name itself. In the price box, enter the proxy bid amount. Check the box below to acknowledge that you will pay for this auction if you win and to acknowledge that you agree to our Service Agreement. Press the "Place Bid" button to place your bid. If a bid is placed in the last five minutes of the auction, the auction time will be extended for another five minutes. This can happen up to 20 times before the auction's final 'end time' is set. Please note that there are some requirements to participate in our Expired Domain Auctions. Also, please be aware that winning a domain in our Expired Auctions does not guarantee that your order will not be cancelled.
- If I win a domain in the Expired Auction, does the creation date change?
No, the creation date for a domain won in our Expired Auction would not change as it is not a newly registered domain, meaning it was not released from the central registry and registered as a brand-new registration. For instance, if a domain was registered (created) on February 1, 2015, the creation date would remain February 1, 2015.
- I won an Expired Auction domain, but my order was cancelled because the original owner renewed. How did this happen?
The original registrant normally has a Renewal Grace Period of 40 days to renew even if the domain is won in our Expired Domain Auctions. If the domain is renewed within that grace period, the Expired Auction order will be cancelled and the payment will be refunded. We understand other registrars have different policies, but we like to be fair to both parties. We give the original owner a full 40 days to recover their domain just in case they overlooked it.
- Is the domain I won in the Expired Auction renewed?
Yes, the expiration date is extended by one year when you win a domain through our Expired Auction. For instance, if the domain expired on February 1, 2018, the new expiration date would be February 1, 2019.
- The Expired Auction ended with no bids, can you restart it?
We can sometimes re-open an Expired Auction if there were no bids placed on the domain. However, there is a limited time frame when we can do this. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to see if it is possible. Some of the conditions that must be met for us to be able to do this are, but not limited to, the following: You must have enough account credit in your account to cover the starting bid. Prepay Now You must email us from the address associated with your account giving us permission to apply your credit to the order. It must be within 24 hours of the auction's close. NOTE: There is a $5 fee on top of the opening bid price to re-open an Expired Auction.