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Domains sold by forum member repossessed by GoDaddy

Located in Reviews started by draco, Nov 25, 2018.

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  1. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TLDInvestors.com TheDomains Staff PRO Gold Account VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    That is a good question, @Joe Styler why didn't the names get offered to the next bidder like you do with other auctions on GoDaddy, like Dispute.com.
     
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  2. Undeveloped

    Undeveloped Founder @ Undeveloped.com Undeveloped Gold Account

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    @Joe Styler if there's non-public information available around this case we'd love to receive it. You've been hinting to having more info on the case. Please do share privately.

    Since the problem at hand seems to not going to be solved for Draco & Omer, Undeveloped will take responsibility, not because we have to or are obliged to but because we want to.

    We'll refund Omer today and take the hit for this situation to avoid individual domainers having to pay up. Marketplaces/Registrars should take responsibility for the payments they secure and never forward the bill to parties that have nothing to do with a certain fraudulent transaction.

    Omer can then refund Draco and clear his name as he has nothing to do with the initial auction bidder outside of our platform.

    I'd still advice Draco to pursue and potentially escalate this case just to make sure that the original auction bidder doesn't get away with this so easily. Undeveloped will provide all information & data we have.

    This is a one time action from us as we're now cleaning up other peoples mess. Anyone that feels emboldened to try to abuse our generosity or marketplace in the future will be met with the full force & resources of Undeveloped and it's legal team. Scammers beware.

    Kind regards,

    Reza
     
  3. xynames

    xynames XYNames.com PRO VIP

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    That just sounds so crazy that it is unimaginable that GoDaddy would do something like that. But then we've seen this sort of behavior from them before too.

    Perhaps if enough pressure is put on them in this case too, they will capitulate.

     
  4. rentmynames

    rentmynames TheFinestDomains.com Gold Account

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    This really scares everyone out. For safety reason, domainers should transfer out their valuable domains that they've purchased in the past. Myself only keep domains that I registered or bought at very low price at Godaddy's . Google LLC / Name.com are the only two that I can trust at this point. None of my valuable domains stay with Godaddy's . I don't trust them for some reasons.
     
  5. Internet.Domains

    Internet.Domains Active Member VIP

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    WOW! Absolutely honorable! I've said it before and I'll say it again, Undeveloped continues to raise the standards!
     
  6. uglydork

    uglydork Active Member VIP

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    I just gained much respect for you and your company!
     
  7. mayazir

    mayazir VirtualNameMarket.com VIP

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  8. Olasunkanmi Taiwo

    Olasunkanmi Taiwo Established Member

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    I guess I will have to seek another credible and customer friendly registrar to transfer some of my names to, GoDaddy is really getting scary these days.
     
  9. rentmynames

    rentmynames TheFinestDomains.com Gold Account

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    BUYER!
    From now on, never ever use “push” method when buying domains at Godaddy’s. You will be risk losing the domain to Godaddy’s . Transfer to a different registrar, keep the escrow receipts for the proof of purchase .

    I swear, this is a MUST when I buy a domain that’s with Godaddy’s in future.
     
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  10. mayazir

    mayazir VirtualNameMarket.com VIP

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    I do the same.
    GD is horrible and user non-friendly interface, horrible support and now results they make pay thier costumers for GD own errors and mistakes.
    What a "great" anti-GD campaign made GD on the most popular domaining comunity
     
  11. Silentptnr

    Silentptnr Hey From L.A. VIP

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    Shame on GoDaddy. All that money, 17 million customers, 6000 employees, and yet, increasingly poor customer service and terribly inefficient internal processes. Their shareholders and customers should demand more.

    Kudos to Undeveloped! Don't hesitate to let this community know how we can be supportive of your business. Your gesture of support in this situation is remarkable.
     
  12. MS-Domains

    MS-Domains Established Member

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    Reza & the team are today's heroes, will not take it away from them, thanks.

    I just would like to remind you all, none of this would've been possible without this platform "NamePros",
    thank you for being the platform for all of us.

    MS
     
  13. 1Darko

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    Reza - thumbs up (y)
    Undeveloped is really GREAT !
     
  14. golan

    golan Leo.Domains Gold Account VIP

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    Joe, do you realize that with this event Godaddy just ruined their reputation? I think everybody on this forum admire you personally, but regarding your company - i think no one in his sane mind can call GD a reputable marketplace after reading this thread anymore.
     
  15. golan

    golan Leo.Domains Gold Account VIP

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    Big big RESPECT!!!

    That's how everyone needs to care their clients. Shame on a big corporation.
     
  16. Silentptnr

    Silentptnr Hey From L.A. VIP

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    It was announced that GoDaddy will be handling the auction at NamesCon this year instead of NameJet.

    I wonder if this years auction participants realize that they might end up having their domains repossessed because GoDaddy might later realize that someone that previously owned the domain disputed the charge and refused to pay.

    The GoDaddy policy makes no sense.
     
  17. Mister Funsky

    Mister Funsky Active Member VIP

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    They took a name from me years ago after it was in my account for months...that is when I discovered Rob at Epik. I've never looked back or regretted moving my domains to his platform.
     
  18. rentmynames

    rentmynames TheFinestDomains.com Gold Account

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    After it was in your account for months?
     
  19. Mister Funsky

    Mister Funsky Active Member VIP

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    Yes. One day (still considering my options) I will post all the details for people to see. It was a very unfortunate action and very eye opening for me. I was a huge fan of gddy back then. I NEVER got a personal response to my queries regarding the issue...it has cost them thousands of registrations since. I know that is a drop in the bucket to them but a customer is still a customer and should be treated accordingly.

    edit add: I have to activate an old hard drive to get the info on exact reg times but I might have been just short of 60 days....seems I have always felt it was a little longer.
     
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  20. Olasunkanmi Taiwo

    Olasunkanmi Taiwo Established Member

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    Great, I will check them out. Thanks for the info.
     
  21. Skyvisum

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    Wish Dynadot can offer renewal at same price at Godaddy discount club.I would move all my names there in a week.Shame on Godaddy.Already transfering all my .org names to dynadot as its cheaper..com is next.How dare they exploit a customer ?
     
  22. xynames

    xynames XYNames.com PRO VIP

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  23. NameOmnia

    NameOmnia alea iacta est VIP

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    GD will always, ALWAYS hide behind their TOS which, btw, have worsened and worsened in the next couple of years to the point were having domains @ GD has become something to avoid at all costs.

    Even with selling at auction. They ALWAYS find a way to delay payment...the last news is that if the domain moves out after 5 days ( even if depending ON THEM or the BUYER paying in 2-3 days -- they have 15 btw!!! ) you automatically get paid IN 20 DAYS!!!! How's that????

    How about GD learned something from Undeveloped?


    JOE stated that repossessing is a rare, very rare case...well in this thread only it has happened to 4 people if I counted correctly...plus me.

    The same happened to me a couple of years ago.

    I bought a couple of names here on the forum and shortly after GD took them from my account asking me to pay the amount that the previous owner supposedly owed them

    Luckily for me the guy just had an issue with his credit card and was not a scammer so everything was solved but only after many phone calls to GD by both of us with support giving us contradictory information and attempting to blame us for what happened etc.

    It was an awful experience and I am still flabbergasted by how GD is even legally allowed to behave this way.

    At that time to me it felt almost like GD had stolen the domain from me and I am still 100% convinced that as a business they should take into consideration the risks of conducting such business and deal with them themselves.

    They never lose while, instead, we all do.

    DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR and move your names to a different and better registrar.
     
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  24. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent VIP

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    These are my, perhaps simplistic, views on this sorry situation.
    • Feel very bad for both @draco and @Omer Doron, apparently although neither had bad intentions they have been put through a strressful situation.
    • While the word stolen was used, I would say that it is (apparently) more accurately a domain not paid for (perhaps it is splitting hairs, but to me stolen would be when something is hacked and a domain moved without authority, etc).
    • Just because a company is a registrar, should not give them rights to simply take domains away without justifying to a third party. To me that is the essential problem with what GoDaddy has done.
    • If they are not paid for something there are standard legal means companies use to get relief. That requires them to make a clear and open case of the situation to a third judicial party. GoDaddy should not be able to take it back based on their own view alone.
    • There might be value in a simple, binding third party system for handling disputes like this. A party who did not get paid would make the case to an independent ICANN approved adjudicator. They would have to openly disclose particulars including the purchaser and the steps taken to receive payment. All subsequent owners and selling companies would receive notification and the right to submit documents. Then a decision would be made on what was to be done.
    • Those who feel strongly might want to lobby NamesCon about who is running the auction. I realize late for any change, but any effort would at least send a message.
    Kudos to @Undeveloped for stepping up re this. In my mind they did the honourable thing, even though clearly it should not be a precedent that GoDaddy can just take any domain they want after a sale somewhere else.

    Bob
     
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  25. carob

    carob Active Member VIP

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    There used to be Nodaddy.com but GD bought them out:
    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/07/12/godaddy_shuts_down_nodaddy

    2010:
    https://web.archive.org/web/20100428181747/http://nodaddy.com:80//
     

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