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The disgusting GoDaddy Auctions API issue

Located in Domain Marketplace Reviews, started by DomainVP, Apr 20, 2020

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  1. member-162055

    member-162055 Established Member ★★★★★★★★★★

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    But that still doesn't address the whole picture, especially the other threads you linked giving HugeDomains and a few others API access while everyone else is left to fend for themselves. This would still be an unfair advantage that GoDaddy obviously doesn't see the need to do something about in a timely manner.

    Progress? @Joe Styler has been managing GoDaddy Auctions for years allowing all kinds of corruption to ensue including this and he has done nothing to fix it because he is the problem, but ironically you think him having more power will positively change anything when the only thing it will do is make it easier for him to cover up his corruption. He has been in a position of power to change this for years, but has failed miserably and you still think he is great? And as he said, he definitely won't be implementing anything promptly.

    The only reason @Joe Styler gave for not allowing access to the API was because they were working on a new improved API, but that is a terrible excuse to cover their corruption considering they still allowed access to a select few and this was 4 YEARS AGO and you still think Joe has your best interest in mind and is making progress when he has done absolutely nothing about this issue for years now and as you can see above, he's not going to be doing anything about it!
     
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  2. AdamFL

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    Godaddy stop favouritism now.
     
  3. DomainVP

    DomainVP Domain Expert VIP

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    One thing at a time.

    I agree with you when it comes to that subject, I think everyone should have API access... however... the API has it's greatest impact in GoDaddy Closeouts - which is what we are advocating to be changed ASAP.

    HugeDomains auto bidding can be done without the API, it just allows them to have a more stable solution than a 3rd party bot trying to use the UI.

    I could code my own HD bid bot in a day or two without the API, and it would preform just as well.

    What is impossible is to beat the API at closeout purchasing.

    Having the API gives a user a shortcut to acquire closeout domains as soon as they are available. This means that any user without the API has NO CHANCE to get the domain over an API user who wants it.

    As @Joe Styler has suggested, disabling the API for closeouts is something that is attainable.

    I personally know a huge amount of buyers that would come back to the platform if they made these changes.

    I just listened to an interview featuring @Riz M. where he literally laughed at the prospect of buying on GoDaddy Auctions. This seems to be the perspective of many buyers with the current state of the GoDaddy Auction platform.

    Remember when GD removed the backorder shortcut, and the auction transfer loophole? It restored faith to even @Rick Schwartz who swore the platform off after the Boopy.com incident.

    Removing the shortcut for API users will restore the ability for us to all have a fair shot at closeouts - I can see that helping everyone in the near term.
     
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  4. member-162055

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    But for the layman GoDaddy Auctions bidder, they aren't aware that so much is working against them while companies like HugeDomains have a major unfair advantage nor are they going to code their own bot.

    To knowingly run auction software riddled with bots, bugs, major flaws, and as @Rick Schwartz said, "no set end time" makes for a terrible user experience. There are so many Namepros threads exposing GoDaddy corruption, especially on @OnlineDomainCom but nothing changes with these two running the show.

    Why do you think GoDaddy Auctions has NO SUPPORT, you can't call & talk with them or email them. GoDaddy Auctions support is a dead end to nowhere which is why so many people resort to complaining on Namepros. When I was screwed over by GoDaddy, I had nowhere to turn, but Namepros which is why I posted here the same day because I received absolutely no support from GoDaddy Auctions whatsoever. They hide for good reason because they know their software is screwing people over everyday and they don't want to hear about it.

    If they actually cared about their customers, don't you think they would provide top notch support? The truth is they don't give a damn about their customers, except for the corrupt cronies they are in bed with such as HugeDomains. They know they run a near monopoly on the domain Auctions business so they use & abuse this for their own greed.
     
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  5. DomainVP

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    I agree, there is quite a distance between average bidders and seasoned domainers.

    That's the space where we all make some money, and where most domain companies are profiting.
     
  6. wwwweb

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    Huge Domains has 7 million names, and compete with Godaddy in registry services, yet they make it easy for them to snipe the closeouts, albeit shutting out your retail customers, why?
     
  7. DomainVP

    DomainVP Domain Expert VIP

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    HugeDomains no longer snipes closeouts.
    *Edit: It's my theory that for HugeDomains the API takes too much resources for a snipe and that they are doing better in the direct auctions space to play with closeouts anyway.

    If you look at most closeouts that get "Sniped" they are bought by domainers with bots.

    The ones with bots & API access take the best ones. Hence the request for the change.

    The biggest threat HugeDomains poses is bidding up any domain that has interest last minute OR multiple bidders. That's something that the API makes easier, but at the end of the day it's their bank account that does the most damage to us all.
     
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  8. DomainVP

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    WealthNut.com API Sniped.

    Not only was it API sniped, now I need to contact GoDaddy and request a refund because I was able to place the order but the API was still faster.

    Where's that API change at?
     
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    Expanded on this topic with a recent issue...

    [READ HERE]
     

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