Update on Network Solutions Front-running
If you caught my previous post about Network Solutions’ practice of domain front-running, here’s the latest bit: They are now actually claiming that this practice protects people against front-running (see CW article for more details). Their logic? Well, if the domain gets reserved when you search for it, they are preventing scammers from registering the domain and selling it back to you…
Let’s try this again:
- I go to NS to search for a domain’s availability
- NS registers that domain so that it’s only available through them, but in no way is this reservation tied to me, the person who did the search.
- If I want the domain, I HAVE to buy it through Network Solutions.
- If some scammer wants to snatch up the domain to sell it back to me at a profit, the only catch is that he has to register the domain through Network Solutions. He can do this because, again, NS has in NO WAY tied the search and subsequent reservation to only myself.
Wow, even for PR spin that’s some pretty crappy logic in their excuse.