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So now GoDaddy is Removing Names that i added to my Cart..

Located in Domain Marketplace Reviews, started by Fadi H, Jul 9, 2020

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  1. Fadi H

    Fadi H NamesMan VIP

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    Hello everyone.

    I hope all is well,

    The following strange case has happened with me today,

    So i was watching a domain auction, No bids placed and the domain dropped to $11 BIN, I have added the name to my cart but meanwhile i was busy doing some other things, A matter of minutes and i cameback to my cart to complete the purchase, And i find my cart empty? I immediately reached out to Live Chat support and they said the domain was purchased by another party ???

    As i know, Once a domain is added to cart, GoDaddy removes it from closeouts and this is to prevent double purchases, It should remain in cart up to 2 hours and if somehow the purchase fails the domain will be available again on closeouts, But for me it was a matter of minutes and the domain disappeared from my cart! For what right?

    @Joe Styler I Pm'ed you the name, I will be waiting for an answer about this, And if possible to get the domain back to my cart so that i can complete the purchase. Because the support was just talking nonsense.
     
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  2. RJ

    RJ Domain Buyer PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    If someone else bought it first, I don't see how GoDaddy can reverse that transaction and put it back in your cart. What would they tell the other domainer?
     
  3. Samer

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    They can do whatever want. they’re Godaddy.

    Forgot @Paul Nicks. Good luck

    Samer
     
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  4. Fadi H

    Fadi H NamesMan VIP

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    They can do anything.

    I remember once, A friend of mine bought a name on closeouts and paid for it, Later on he received an email from GoDaddy apologizing to him that the domain was first purchased and paid by another party. Somehow a double purchase happened as of them, So they simply refunded him the amount and the name went to the other buyer's account.

    Edit : I heard from a supervisor that it's impossible for a domain to get reversed if it was purchased successfully. Possibly for the case i shared above is that my friend was the second buyer and the domain went to the first buyer's account as normal.

    Now the question, Will we have to purchase domains immediately once we add them to cart? Because this doesn't seem to be safe anymore. This is confusing..
     
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  5. WhoaDomain.com

    WhoaDomain.com WhoaDomain.com Gold Account

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    I had a ordered a dropcatch once at dropcatch.com.

    I know I ordered it.

    This is my issue with Dropcatch. when you order a dropcatch. there is no confirmation email indicating it. So who knows if it "stuck" on their own.

    it's all based on "honor code"

    but anyways. the drop I ordered ended up not in my name.

    but in someone else's account at dropcatch.

    I explained I ordered a dropcatch and if someone else ordered it. at the very least the domain would go into auction if there was more than one person ordering a dropcatch on it.

    In thee end the domain was removed from the other account and put into my account.

    and it was explained that this often happens since Dropcatch is partners with other registrars.

    I was surprised they were able to just removed it from the other account and put it in my account. I really thought I had no shot at getting it since it was already clearly in someone else's account.

    I suspect it might have been HugeDomains account as probably it was still in the process of being officially put in their account like in limbo.

    All I saw was it was under Dropcatch so I assumed it was in someone else's account as when I checked it wasn't in my Namebright account.

    I mean it was all just based on my "say so". I mean I wasn't lying. but I definitely could have, just to get the domain.

    So yea anything IS possible as far as domains being in someone else's account.
     
  6. Josytal

    Josytal Top Contributor VIP

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    Domain(s) in your cart, not paid for by you, is not yet your property, so can be purchased by another party. It happened to me a couple of times, so I've learnt my lesson.

    Not sure of the rules today, couple of years back, even having paid for an expired domain name from closeout bin, you still needed to wait for 5-7 days until it's transferred to your account. Within this "waiting period", should the owner decide to renew the domain, then you lose it. GD would make refund.
     
  7. Fadi H

    Fadi H NamesMan VIP

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    I know about the renewal, But as for the domains placed in cart, If they still could be purchased by another party then this is nonsense, When you add a domain in your cart it will no longer be available for someone else to add it in their cart, The system automatically removes it to prevent double purchases. So, While you have a domain in your cart it can be purchased by someone else if you fail to complete the purchase within a certain amount of time which supposed to be 2-hours, If that happens the domain will be available again for other people to purchase. Or, If someone from GoDaddy removes it from your cart for any reason.
     
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  8. linuxfreak

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    This is not a mall shopping, putting a thing in your cart does not mean it's yours. Obviously system watching the domain, if someone else purchased, it removes from other carts. It's useful. This is domain business, if you want the domain then delay your all other jobs and buy it immediately. Even seconds matter. You can't reserve the domain by adding in to your cart.
     
  9. Way3

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    Not here to defend any particular business but...

    Actually cart placement is not an actual purchase, it is just a placeholder for you as a potential buyer - a convenience.

    You haven't purchased anything until you actually check out and purchase said thing. This is common e-commerce practice. Happens to me all the time with flash sales (trying to buy Nikes and such for my teenage sons). Precisely why I'm obsessive when I find something I know I want, I process it. Fast.

    Sorry that happened to you.
     
  10. Fadi H

    Fadi H NamesMan VIP

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    For now i got the lesson, But i thought domains would be at least safe while they are in cart for the certain amount of time set by the system, Which should be 2-hours, If i somehow missed the purchase in 2 hours i'd be fine, But i never knew when a domain is in cart it could still be at risk.
     
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  11. Way3

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    Yeah. I hear you on that one. Not certain about all sites, but in my experience buying tickets, shoes, etc, businesses normally give you about 10-15 minutes "grace period" to complete your purchase before an item becomes available for others.

    In the case of domains, especially ones gaining traction, I'd drop that down to 10-15 seconds (even when it's not a true auction). I always assume, if I found it, and like it and see some value in it, there's several others coming right behind me (or even in front of me, lol). I like Dynadot for just that reason, I can process a domain quickly, as soon as I want it. GoDaddy's process isn't as intuitive imo.
     
  12. Fadi H

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    When you go shopping and you put a few things in your basket, They are still not yours as you didn't pay for them yet, But you do have the time to finish your shopping or make your phone call and then you can go for payment, During that time while you still didn't pay for them, Can someone else purchase them? Of course not, Until you fail to make the payment or put them back from where you picked them in first place, Then someone else will be able to take them.

    Same at GoDaddy, They claim to be giving you 2 hours when you have a domain in your cart, And if you fail in purchasing that name within 2 hours they will make it available again for other people to purchase.

    If domains are not safe while they are in cart they should at least mention it so that we know what to do next.
     
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  13. Josytal

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    Did you use the search function on the marketplace to search for the domain, after it was removed from your cart?

    I'm saying this 'cos GD closeout domains go through something similar to dutch auction and once it's time for the price to drop, they can be retrieved from carts and re-listed with the new, albeit, lower prices. From 11 to 8 and then to 5$.
    A domain for $11 was once removed from my cart, only to be re-listed
    for $5 the following days. i'm not saying this is good or bad, just sharing my experience.
     
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  14. Fadi H

    Fadi H NamesMan VIP

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    I know where you are coming from, But the support confirmed that someone else purchased it.
     
  15. alcy

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    i also heard they reserve domain for couple hours.. but that coudl well not apply to certain types of things like closeouts.
     
  16. X7 Ryan

    X7 Ryan Owner, X7 Media

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    I don't know for sure but here is what I suspect. Ive heard somewhere too they reserve the name when its added to a cart, makes sense so they don't have to refund numerous other parties who ended up not completing their payment first.

    That said setting it as reserved in the database as fast as it is isn't a guarantee that someone else can't add it to their cart just as quickly before their database updates to reflect its reserved.

    Hard to say what they do in that case, then it may fall to the customer whose payment is made first. Either then preventing another payment from a second custom if detected and if not refunding the other payment that occurred second.

    If I had to guess I'd say this is what happened to the OP. They and someone else likely added the domain to their cart within a fraction of a second of each other so they didn't know the other had it in their cart yet. The OP steps away the other customer completes payment. As the OP comes back to process their payment the GD system recognized the name was already sold and therefore removed the domain from the OPs cart to avoid having to refund their payment later. Admittedly this is conjecture but imo quite plausible but only Joe knows for sure.
     
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  17. Josytal

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    I believed exactly what happened in OP case. The domain must be a good one, I bet.
     
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  18. NLP

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    I'm sorry to hear you lost a domain. I've found the info about the "2 hour" mark to be true; in fact, it happened to me around 2 weeks ago. I clicked on a .com that was listed at $50 and added it to my cart, at the same time that I was on the phone with GD support.

    I actually had two items in my cart at the time (I'd found an outdated listing for the same name, so that's what I was calling about). Rather than focusing on the task at hand, I got distracted as I was verifying my info at the beginning of the call, and accidentally deleted the wrong name from my cart.

    I couldn't believe I'd done that, because I knew it meant waiting at least 2 hours for it to show up again. I waited until 2am (exactly two hours), kept refreshing, and sure enough, it was back in the inventory.

    I don't know how someone else could have bought it if your 'cart placement' should have meant the name was inaccessible for a couple of hours. But if it was a valuable name, I could see how multiple people could have been after it at the same time. I try to "add to cart" and pay as quickly as possible.
     
  19. Fadi H

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    I exclude the possibility of adding the same domain to multiple carts, If you are 0.01 second late you'd lose it to someone else, HD bot is a good example.
     
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  20. Fadi H

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    Domain lost but the lesson is definitely well understood, I'd go this way for any future purchases.
     
  21. xynames

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    Putting a purchase in the cart - whether a domain or a vacuum cleaner at walmart dot com just puts you one step closer to the purchase. You might not complete the purchase. Your credit card might get declined. Your order might fail verification.

    Now especially if the commodity is unique - such as a domain or a one of a kind collectible - it should be clear that the seller would not be interested in your intent rather in your completed action.

    So many similar threads to this one - people complaining that they somehow missed out. I made one myself once but in that case I wished GDiddy had given me more than one notice at just a few minutes of auction’s closing. Still, none of these threads points out untoward behavior by the seller - just establish that if you want something unique you had better move fast and decisively.
     
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  22. X7 Ryan

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    A few people have pushed back on the idea that adding a domain to your cart reserves it. So I did a quick search and found the answer straight from Joe...

     
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  23. Fadi H

    Fadi H NamesMan VIP

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    That's what i was talking about, But it doesn't seem to be the case here. I am positive that i didn't take long to get back to the cart and complete the purchase, Unless if i somehow didn't feel the time and spent the 2 hours in a flash.
     
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  24. tldboss

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    You sent Joe the name, he can provide more details, specific to this case. Agree with others purchase as soon as you can, don't rely on the 2 hour window.
     
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  25. Fadi H

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    That's the answer i was looking for, Thanks for sharing.

    This could be the case scenario here. Lesson learned.
     
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