There is a domain name I have been wanting for years that was used as a parked page (read: cybersquatted) that has entered into WHOIS's redemptionPeriod stage.

The domain has been expired for 61 days now - after contacting the Registar, they informed me that it would stay in redemption for 75 days. After which, it would either be sold to resellers, or sent back to the public registry. (I have since sent a followup message requesting the reseller they use.)

My question is: What is the best way to proceed?

I know there is at least one competitor that would love to have this name, but I'm unsure if they even know it's expiring. I did not tell the Registar the domain in question, as they seem geared towards cybersquatting, and I do not trust them. Domain Front Running sucks.

Should I use a backorder service? Should I just take my chances and try to grab it after75 days?

I checked an auctionhouse by manually browsing their expired domains - it wasn't there.

  • The information you are requesting can be specific to current domain registrar that is holding the domain. Also, it should do you no harm to disclose it, so that might help getting a more specific answer.
    – ek9
    May 26, 2014 at 17:15
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    You do not have to expose your desired domain name to me. I would use a quality registrar and see if you can back-order it. The larger the registrar the better. The reason for this is because they may actually work to get it to you. Do not use a cheap company for the same reason. I do not recommend Network Solutions, but maybe GoDaddy since they have been square and honest with me for many years and have never failed me.
    – closetnoc
    May 26, 2014 at 17:33

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Your best option is to back-order the domain name with a reputable and established Domain Name provider such as 123-reg, GoDaddy, eNom. Obviously there will be a battle as to which provider is quickest at registering once the clock runs out so hopefully you're the only person with it on back-order!

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