I noticed an article on the New York Times today that Network Solutions (aka www.netsol.com) has a policy of registering domain names that people search for. This was news to me, as I’ve always used them. Much to my chagrin, it is true – the domain name I searched for the other day – which I’ll withhold due to a reason outlined below – is now reserved by Network Solutions. What sneaky bastards. They’re apparently doing this to prevent scamming, but how does make this different from the scammers?
Of course, I had to call them and find out for myself. It turns out that the domain name is only ‘reserved,’ and can be purchased at the NetSol site for a whopping $35. I’ve always paid between $6-10 for a domain. I suppose it helps their business, since there are probably others like me who have used them to search and bought elsewhere. I won’t be doing that again.
The one positive is that they will release the domain to be registered by others after 4 days. So I can, apparently, register it on the 13th. It’s not as horrible as it initially sounded, but I wonder where the policy will go from here.