expired domain auction canceled after the owner renewed

Every once and a while you find an expired domain you really like, bid on it, and then get an email a day or two later like the one below…

As pretty much all of you know by now, I’m a big two-word .COM fan, they represent the core of my domain portfolio and are my focus when it comes to buying new domains.

I was pretty surprised this name was expiring, but like many things in life, if it seems too good to be true, sometimes it is. That being said, great domain names expire all the time so anything is possible.

Some people get angry and lash out at Go Daddy or whatever drop service was hosting the auction. I personally think that’s a bit silly – the reality is, if someone forgot to renew a domain name, I think they deserve it even if they realize their mistake at the last minute. Buying expired domains (at least for me) isn’t about taking advantage of people who forgot to renew, it’s about investing in domains that people no longer want.

A few times in the 1-+ years I’ve bought expired domains and received an email from the owner saying they forgot to renew and asking how they can get it back. I always sell it back to them for the exact price I paid, for me, making a profit off of someone else’s mistake just wouldn’t feel great.

So I’m a-okay with the auction being canceled. It’s a great domain and I’m looking forward to seeing what the owner does with it!

Morgan Linton

Morgan Linton