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October 25, 2007


Michael Durwin

This is absolutely happening. I used Network Solutions to purchase to purchase my family name as a .com. Anyone can see that it is not a typical last name, as a matter of fact, except for a guy in Florida, I know everyone with my last name. I checked for availability on Friday, put through my purchase and waited for the domain to resolve to my IP. When Monday and Tuesday came and it hadn't I checked with NetSol. They told me the name was purchased 2 hours before my purchase and the purchases must have crossed. As you can see, the domain is parked, it has been for several years: www.durwin.com.
Oddly enough it was purchased by someone with an american name in Singapore through GoDaddy:
andrew melcher
29 Jalan Elok
Singapore, Singapore 229067

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: DURWIN.COM
Created on: 30-Jul-03
Expires on: 30-Jul-08
Last Updated on: 04-Jul-07

I've of course received emails, usually when the domain is close to renewal time asking if I wanted to buy it. Obviously either someone at GoDaddy, NetSol, or third party has been swiping names in order to resell them at inflated costs. Some people say this is business, but it's more like insider training. I'd be happy to be part of the class action lawsuit against whoever is found guilty of this.

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