Is A GoDaddy VP Bidding Against Customers In Domain Auctions?

from the very-questionable-if-true dept

Slashdot is running an interesting post, suggesting that GoDaddy's VP in charge of managing the domain auctions it runs on expired domains, has been caught participating in the auctions himself, often driving up the prices of those auctions for customers. That's one way to pump up those revenue numbers. If this is shown to be true, it seems incredibly questionable.
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Filed Under: auctions, conflict of interest, domains
Companies: godaddy

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    JS Beckerist, 30 Jun 2008 @ 2:29pm

    Re: Go Daddy

    Yes and I'll give examples, but it wasn't with GoDaddy: (link farm now) (has since been resold, was a link farm) (looks like either a sophisticated link farm or some crappy ad-ridden portal...)

    All domains I either at one point owned and lost OR straight up wanted. I researched and found they were all available at the time of search, and within days of searching they were unavailable.

    This happened to me all 3 times, using multiple different search engines, so I STARTED using GoDaddy. I'm still not sure which search was the culprit, so if you want a list of those I used (to avoid) just email me...

    While this is not the same as bidding on domains to jack prices (which is incredibly unethical) I DO trust GoDaddy to not sell the information about what was searched for, and they haven't let me down yet.

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