Unbelievable: Six-figure domain name expires at Network Solutions, going up for auction


It appears the owner of, a domain name which appraises for $136,000 at, has neglected to renew it.  The domain expired at Network Solutions on January 18, 2011, and is now pending renewal or deletion. is being made available at NameJet, the aftermarket auction company, which has an exclusive partnership with Network Solutions, the registrar where the domain is currently registered.

At the time of this story being published, the domain is in the pre-bidding phase and already has a high pre-bid of $5,000 with over 100 interested buyers.  The name is set to go to private auction on February 22, 2011.

A little history of was first registered back in 1996, at a time when premium .com domain names were readily available.

In the late nineties, the URL served as the home page for the Carlon family web site, according to  The multi-page web site featured family photos, art, and more about the family.

By 2000, the homepage got a new look.

Instead of showing off things about the family, the owner listed several domains that they had registered and were willing to take offers on.  The names included and – two domains which appear to be registered to new owners. sold at Afternic in 2005 for $1,260.

Who knows why the owner of let their domain name expire, because it has definitely expired according to the latest Whois information. domain name

Maybe it’s because they never got the right offer  or maybe perhaps they began neglecting their domains starting back in 2000. 

Whatever the case, if isn’t renewed in time, it’s certain to fetch top dollar at NameJet.

Updated:  In a discussion thread over at NamePros that was started from this story, members had some interesting comments about the expired domain.  Keith writes, “A quick search shows that the name was expired this time last year as well. It was obviously renewed and it was under the same ownership. Maybe he will do the same thing again.” 

This is a technique used constantly, as Shane_mac points out.  ” Without a doubt he will renew it, same as last year. Its just very clever marketing from a very shrewd businessman”.

Though it might be nothing more than a marketing stunt, members have tried to call the phone number listed for the doman.  Though it’s an incorrect number, Keith from Namepros mentioned on the discussion thread that the person has received a number of calls from people inquiring about the domain name, “Funny thing is that the guy who answered said, man there have been a ton of calls lately from people who are asking for this person, lol. The domain vultures in action!”

News expires, expect this domain to be hard-fought at auction

parked domain

The domain name expired on November 13 and is pending renewal or deletion.

With an overwhelming amount of domain investors looking for the next best parking solution for undeveloped properties, and companies looking to win their business, could be a great brand name for building the next parking solution.

Pre-bidding closes on December 18, then the name heads to private auction at NameJet.  At the time of this story, the listing has 62 bids with a high bid of $78.

By the time the name hits private auction, I would fully expect to see a lot of heavy bidding, not just from regular domain buyers, but from “domain parking” companies looking to create or strengthen their existing “domain parking” brand with a great domain name.

Parking companies trying to win business

Domain parking companies have been trying to maintain and win business as pay-per-click earnings continue to dry up, prompting some customers to switch providers and try out different models. 

Companies try to win business by promising to deliver higher pay-outs, more control over layout and content and many other services.

It is a competitive market, not only for “domain parking” solutions but for names with “park” in the domain. 

In 2008, sold for $15,817 at SnapNames.  The domain name is currently parked using Google’s own domain parking service.

Many domains with “park” in the name, deal with domains.  Here’s a look at a handful of domain names with the keyword “park”.  WhyPark is a domain development platform, that pitches itself as a better alternative to traditional parking solutions: “Unlike traditional parking services, WhyPark’s content helps establish a domain’s brand until it matures by promoting legitimate indexed websites that offer relevant information for visitors. WhyPark’s suite of premium services is also available for the highest level of content development and SEO for the more advanced domain investor.” is “a domain parking solutions company, leverages technology for dynamic domain name optimization providing leading edge relevant parked pages for internet users and targeted traffic for advertisers.”  Epik’s Rob Monster is co-chairman of, but the site (which hasn’t officially launched), will actually be a service for parking “real” cars, not domains.  However, if you’re interested in parking your domain names, a message on the home page says: “Visit to learn about next-generation domain parking solutions.”  iPark is a domain merger & acquisition broker.