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Domain Name Hell

April 21st, 2006 · 2 Comments

Page0 Blog Entry25 1For the past week I have waged a war to get back a lost domain. It was one that I’ve owned since 1995. Seeing as it was a “anonymous website” I never wanted to have my name associated with it so I registered it to some fake name, with a fake address. The only thing that linked me to it was an email address. When the bills would come, I would pay them and keep the site running along.

Two weeks ago, the site was quoted in a national magazine and I thought, damn, quoted again. So I went in to read what was quoted and the site was gone. A little Network Solutions page said, “New Site Coming Soon.” I checked Whois to see who owned it and it had the “privacy registration” address on there. Apparently, I had allowed the domain to expire and someone else had purchased it. After calling Networks Solutions I found that my domain was owned by a company called New Venture Services Corp, but that the customer service person assured me that “they will be happy to sell it to you. Their email is newventuresnv@yahoo.com”.

I emailed newventuresnv@yahoo.com and got this snide little reply back:

New Venture Services Corp registered the domain name when it became available for registration. If you were the previous registrant for this domain name, you obviously did not renew it. However, we will consider transferring the domain name to you for a fee through the use of a qualified third party to handle the transaction. The Certified Offer service from Network Solutions or a similar service would be acceptable.

Sounds a little like a third party, doesn’t it? Turns out it’s not. It’s Network Solutions. They grab all their expired domains and hold them for ransom until people like me bargain for them. The certified offer system is a feature that allows users to offer at least $100 for a domain that someone else owns (in my case New Ventures). There is also a $19 charge to use this service and a $5 transfer fee. I went to the domain whois record, clicked on the “Make offer” button and offered NewVentures $100.

They accepted because this is what they do. I spent $124 dollars to get my domain back, only to find that the private registration on Network Solutions isn’t so private. So I had to move it again to GoDaddy.com, which, aside from having those stupidly sexual SuperBowl ads is an amazing domain hosting service. The prices are about one-third what Network Solutions charges and forwarding is free. Network Solutions charges $24 a year. I feel like I’ve been getting the NetSol con-job for the past 10 years. Don’t be fooled.

I just called Network Solutions to ask them why they are so much more expensive than GoDaddy, and you know what they said? “We have 24 hour customer service that’s real good.” Yeah, cool.

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  • 1 Joe McCann // May 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Ah, and what happens if they don’t accept it?

    Is that the money down the toilet?

    I’m in a similar situation with a couple domains both gone to New Venture Services Corp

  • 2 Ann Fitzsimons // Jul 26, 2014 at 8:56 am

    New Venture Corp are SLIMEBALLS. I found out that Network Solutions got bought by web.com. They are another SLIMEBALL company that charges outrageous fees for things. I read that New Venture Corp – newvcorp.com – is owned by web.com. So your domain expires, they transfer it over to newvcorp.com and then they squeeze as much money out of you because they can. Just don’t make the mistake of letting your domain expire – ever!

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