There are two types of bids during TBR:
The Entry Bid
Placing an entry bid from the WHC Domain Auctions page
(formerly known as placing a backorder
) shows your interest in a particular domain and allows you to participate in its Drop. All entry bids should be placed before the weekly Drop time, to ensure that we are able to prioritize your bid for you.
Entry bids represent the price you will pay for the domain if no one else places an entry bid for the same domain. You should consider placing an entry bid for each domain you are interested in securing.
Entry bids start at $18 and include the cost of the domain registration, if you win the domain. While this amount is not charged when the order is placed, a valid credit card must be provided and will automatically be charged if you are the winner of this domain. Increasing your bid before the auction sends us a signal that there is strong interest in this domain. Bids are one of the indicators WHC uses to gauge the interest for a particular domain and to prioritize this domain in its internal algorithm when competing against other providers during the Drop.
Domains with multiple entry bids go to public auction after the Drop.
If WHC secures a domain during the Drop, and that domain received multiple entry bids, anyone who placed a bid on that domain automatically participates in its auction and others can still join the auction.
The auction begins shortly after the Drop, and lasts 7 days until 1 PM ET the following Wednesday. You will receive an email if you are part of an auction and can view and update bids through your Client Area’s Domain Auctions center
When participating in auctions, you will see the following information for each domain auction:
- Domain: This is the domain in auction.
- My Bid: Your currently active bid in the auction.
- My Max bid: This is the highest amount you’re willing to pay for this domain (sometimes referred to as a proxy bid). The system will automatically bid the lowest amount on your behalf as other people bid in the auction, up to your max bid. If someone outbids your max bid, you’ll need to enter a higher max bid for a chance to win the auction.
- Highest Bid: The current highest bid leading the auction.
- Status: This will show you where you are and if you’re winning or losing.
- Losing: Someone else is currently the highest bidder. You have to increase your bid in order to win the auction.
- Winning: You currently have the leading bid in the auction.
- Pending Drop: The domain is currently awaiting drop. We'll let you know if we've been able to secure this domain after the drop.
- Won: You have won the auction. After payment and claiming the domain you can start using it.
- Lost: You have lost the auction.
- Time left: This is the time left before the auction ends. Any bid placed in the last 3 minutes of the auction will extend the time remaining by another 3 minutes.
Keep in mind that popular domains are likely to receive a lot of attention (and bids) in the final minutes before the auction closes. We strongly recommend you set a high enough maximum bid to avoid losing the auction right at the end and monitor your auction closely in its final minutes. Popular domains often close at auction for amounts greater than C$3,000.
If you are outbid during the auction, you will receive an email letting you know.
The auction results for auctions in which you participate in will be available at the end of the auction in your Client Area’s Domain Auctions Center
. This is also where you’ll be able to claim any domains you win.