.COM domain interception

Started by hieronymusf01, Aug 23, 2022, 10:56 AM

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I understand that topic has been discussed many times, but I would like to receive up-to-date, at the moment, information on that issue.
The situation is this, I need to intercept the domain name in the .com zone. Through which services can this be done with the maximum probability?
I'm considering a variant with interception through several services. I would like to hear the rating of services according to the probability of interception and which of them are better to use at the same time.


Personally, I have dealt (recently) with GoDaddy and Snap Names. Successful in both cases.
Domains were not very popular - took without auctions at the lowest price. Both are for projects and not for sale.
There are the huge three:

They intercept almost everything.
If the domain name is not popular (few people want to intercept it), then you can order interception from GoDaddy, it's cheaper there - $ 20 (and you can even throw off a little with coupons).

But there are 2 things to keep in mind:
1. If the dropping domain name is registered with GoDaddy, then after the interception, the auction for it will be open, and not only among those who ordered the interception. Those. anyone can intervene and, accordingly, you can end up laying out much more. So this option is highly undesirable.
2. If the domain name is ordered to be intercepted by someone from the "big three" - it is unlikely that GoDaddy will be able to take the domain (although there have been cases).

My bet with GoDaddy turned out to be the only one, they successfully intercepted the domain (.com) and it immediately appeared in my panel (no more than 30 minutes).
Pros: cheap, fast, convenient (you use your own account, you can pay with PayPal)
Cons: inferior to large interceptors, not suitable for intercepting their own domains due to the fact that it falls into an open auction.

I ordered an interception from SnapNames yesterday. Recently I received a letter that the domain name was successfully intercepted and the transfer process has begun. Registered 3 days before the interception to make sure that the card will be accepted and, if anything, to have time to solve the problem. The card was accepted without problems (Alfabank Mastercard - account in dollars). When registering on the card, $1 was blocked. It will be returned a little later.

3 hours before the drop, I ordered an interception, I didn't want it to be displayed until that time that there was a rate on the domain. But even after I made a bet, this information was not displayed in the general list. It is a little confusing that the information is not updated immediately, but after a while. During the drop, SnapNames successfully intercepted the domain, their contacts appeared in whois. But for about 16 hours there was no information about this. The domain name  continued to hang in the available soon status for about 4 hours. Then he disappeared from the list. Recently they sent a letter that the domain was successfully intercepted and I am the only applicant. They took $69 from the card and transferred the domain to my account on moniker (I didn't indicate it anywhere after registration - apparently it was transferred by email). Now the domain is already in my panel and with my whois data.

Pros: big probability of successful interception, did not display that there was a bet when there was a bet (their scheme of work is not clear here), quick transfer to the moniker account.
Cons: slow domain name status update, price is 3 times more than GoDaddy, you need a card that they will accept.



Interception of gTLD domains is possible only through a limited number of special services, they are called backorder services. In fact, backorder services are domain registrars that provide a domain interception service to all users.

Backorder services allow users to submit requests to intercept certain domain names. If the backorder service is ahead of other market participants at the time of domain release, it can transfer the domain to you (if you were the only one who bid) or raffle this domain at its internal auction.
Bet. The algorithm for intercepting the domain through the backorder service in steps:

After you have selected a domain name, you need to go to the website of one of the backorder services (or several) and submit a request to intercept the domain. Most often at this stage the rate is fixed, but each service has its own. The bid varies from $9 to ~$90 and averages ~$45.
Almost all services work on a post-payment basis - i.e. you will need to pay the bid only after the successful interception of the domain by the backorder service.

What happens during the interception. At the moment the domain is released, all interested parties (public backorder services and registrars acting for the purposes of their owners) begin to send requests for re-registration of the desired domain. The one who turns out to be faster will get a domain.

Can an ordinary user himself send a request for re-registration of the vacated domain name and intercept it earlier? This is practically impossible, because people who are doing this professionally have long had several dozen registrars that are designed only to intercept domains.
In addition, an ordinary user does not have access to the API for quickly entering entries into the registry.

The backorder service intercepted your domain - what's next? If you are lucky and the backorder service in which you placed a bet suddenly intercepted the domain, then this domain can become yours. If your bid was the only one in this service, you get the domain name. But, if there was at least one other user who made a bid besides you, an auction is arranged.

Auction. The auction inside the backorder service is conducted according to the internal rules of the service.
Most often, the auction lasts 3 days, and the one who makes the last highest bid will win, and will be able to take the domain for itself.