I rarely participate in Godaddy auctions, because I am aware of auto bidders using GD API such as Huge Domains, there are many threads on this already like this one: HUGE DOMAINS SNIPING GODADDY CLOSEOUTS For testing I just tried Godaddy auctions, I found a domain name i n c e p t u a l . c o m with no bidders and less than 1 min left, so I placed a bid and then I was immediately outbid in matter of seconds! Here is a screenshot: Notice that my bid ($12) and next bid ($17) were placed both at 10:39 PM When I placed the bid the timer was 40 seconds, after my bid the timer was reset to 5 min Bidder 2 placed a bid ($17) exactly 2-5 seconds after my bid!! Bidders IDs are not shown in the auctions so there is no way to tell by comparing with other auctions. There are 2 possibilities here: The auto bidder was a client using GD API (Such as Huge Domains): in this case this is totally unfare advantage for those clients and is against any ethics in this industry! The auto bidder was Godaddy system itself to inflate prices: which would be the ultimate scandal if it was true (I hope it is not) Both cases are disgraceful.. @Joe Styler domainers community deserve explanation from you!