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Bidding on GoDaddy Auctions® domains

Submit offers or bid on domains with GoDaddy Auctions®. You’ll need a GoDaddy Auctions® membership to place bids on expired domains or 7-day auctions.

  • Bidding: Enter a starting bid and specify the maximum amount you want to bid for a domain. Our Proxy Bidding Service will bid the smallest amount necessary to become the highest bidder, and then it’ll automatically increase your bid by the minimum bid increment required each time you're outbid, until you reach your maximum bid amount.
  • Submitting offers: Submit one offer amount per domain. The seller is immediately notified and has seven days to accept or counter your offer. A GoDaddy Auctions® membership isn’t required for submitting offers.

To place a proxy bid, bid the highest amount you’d like. The proxy will only outbid the current highest bid by the lowest bid increment possible. If that bid is then increased, your proxy bid will continue to try to outbid the other bidders until your limit is reached.

There is no special interface to enter a proxy bid. Domains that are up for proxy bids won’t have a Buy Now price or Offer option available. You'll need to bid on a traditional auction listing such as a 7-day auction or an expired auction and whoever has the highest bid at the end wins.

The table below outlines the parameters around minimum bid increment rules, and all prices are shown in USD. For instance, if you see a domain listed in auction (in expiry, value-priced or 7-day public auctions) and the price is US$12, you must bid US$17. If a domain is listed at US$1100, you must bid US$1125.

Current price US$ (current highest bid amount) Next bid increment US$
$5 - $499.99 $5
$500 - $999.99 $10
$1,000 - $2,499.99 $25
$2,500 - $4,999.99 $50
$5,000 - $9,999.99 $100
$10,000 - $24,999.99 $250
$25,000 - $49,999.99 $500
$50,000+ $1000
Backordered domains
  • Backorder placed on a domain before it expired: We might use your backorder cost to place the opening bid on the domain. If you backorder a domain that's already listed on GoDaddy Auctions® and there are no bids for it, your backorder is used to purchase the domain.
  • Bid placed and someone outbids you: You’ll receive an outbid notice and are given the chance to place a higher bid. To avoid being outbid and losing your domain, you can either place a proxy bid or remain online until the auction ends.
  • Win the domain: You receive the domain and a one-year renewal for it. We move the domain to your account within 45 days. However, the current registrant can reclaim the domain during this 45 day grace period. If the current registrant renews the domain, we notify you, and you can apply your backorder to another domain or request a refund from our support team.

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