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The Minimum Price On Go Daddy Expiring Domain Auctions Is $25, NOT $12

March 1, 2012

Don’t be confused between the minimum bid price and what you actually pay.   To those who regularly buy expiring domains from other backorder and drop catching services like Pool, Snapnames, and others, this may come as a surprise, because those services all include the cost to renew the domain out for another year into the price of the backorder.  Not so with our friends at Go Daddy.

This is not a big problem, unless you believe the domain you are bidding on is worth $12, but not $25.  Or worth $25, but not $38, etc. etc.

This is because when you arrive at the checkout page, you will find that a $12.99 renewal fee has been tacked on to your subtotal, in addition to whatever your winning bid price was …

don't forget the 12.99 renewal fee

Seeing double? Now you see it ... now you see it again.

I hadn’t purchased an expiring domain on Go Daddy auctions in quite some time until yesterday, and this caught me by surprise.  I guess I just don’t remember how they operate.

In my opinion it’s better to set the minimum bid on an expiring domain auction to a price that will include the 1-year renewal fee for that domain.  This is consistent with how all other services that I know of work. It also helps stay transparent.  To be honest I was a little irked about the additional fee, as it was more than double what I bid, but more so because I wasn’t made aware of it up front.

Go Daddy auctions can be a great place to mine for expired domain nuggets, (I decided to go for this one because it’s a generic term and I found that the hyphenated .com and the .co.uk both belong to end-users).  Just be aware of the hidden charge.

Now you know, and knowing is half the battle..

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