There are two great bang on medical domain names in closed auctions at Snapnames.com, Gynecologist.com & Obstetrician.com
More about the auctions in a few, but the history of the domain names may indicate that Moniker has gone the way of Tucows and is picking up expired domains for its own account and then selling them instead of letting the simply drop.
The domain name Gynecologist.com was owned by a a company called IDEAS, Inc. out of Saddle River New Jersey on August 9th, with servers at fastpark.net
The domain name’s ownership then changed to into privacy at Moniker at August 13th.
On September 11th the domain name owner changed to Domain Collection out of St. Ingbert Germany whose email is rrpproxy.net.
rrpproxy is associated with Key Systems which bought the domain name registrar Moniker earlier this year.
Also on September 11th, as the owner of the domain changed from Moniker privacy to Domain Collection, the name servers changed to NS1.EXPIRATIONWARNING.NET. The expiration page for the domain which is on top of this post, only appeared yesterday September 11th when the domain owner changed to Domain Collect and the auction already started at SnapNames.com yesterday which closes on Sunday.
The high bid as for the domain name Gynecologist.com as of publication is $17,505.
Now it would seem to me if this was an expired domain name the servers on the name should have changed to NS1.EXPIRATIONWARNING.NET when it was still owned by the domain holder who held the domain before it actually expired and certainly before it was transferred out of its control.
According to DomainTools.com, It seems these warning servers were only placed on the domain after it was transferred to a company that appears to be associated with the parent company of the registrar Moniker, Key Systems.
The second great medical domain at auction at SnapNames.com is Obstetrician.com
Here is the current whois record for that domain:
Domain Name: obstetrician.com
Updated Date: 2014-09-11T07:35:55.0Z
Creation Date: 1996-08-08T04:00:00.0Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2015-08-07
Registrar: Moniker Online Services LLC
Registrant Name: Domain Collection
Registrant Street: Im oberen Werk 1
Registrant City: St. Ingbert
Registrant Postal Code: 66386
Registrant Country: DE
Registrant Phone: +49.68949396951
Registrant Fax: +49.68949396851
Registrant Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Name Server: ns1.expirationwarning.net
Name Server: ns5.expirationwarning.net
The current high bid on the domain name obstetrician.com is $4,808.
So does the previous owner of the domain have a right to reclaim the domain as the notice placed by Moniker yesterday would seem to indicate? and if so why did the ownership of the domain name change? If you bid and win the auction what happens if the old owner pay the renewal fee for the domain?
At first look it appears this is all being done backasswards. That Moniker may have joined Tucows to stop certain domain names from dropping in normal fashion and keeping the proceeds of the domain auction.
We will reach out to Moniker/ Key Systems today to get confirmation of exactly what is going on.