Important Precautions to Take When Buying a Domain Name (thesitewizard.com): "Recently a domain name registrar was found to have registered every domain name that was entered into their search box. If you go to that registrar simply to check whether a domain name was available, your domain name will be instantly snapped up by them. Unlike the alleged domain name front runners, however, their operation is designed to be more anti-competitive than anything else. You can still register the domain name at their advertised price (which is more expensive than most other registrars), but only with them. No other registrar will allow you to buy that name, since as far as they are concerned, the domain name has already been bought."
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