What is Domain Kiting?


The act of registering a domain name, holding onto it for the grace period, then refunding it before the grace period is up, only to re-register it again and getting a new grace period.

People do this because the registrant can for all intents and purposed own a domain name without actually having to pay for it. It’s an exploitation of the standard 5 day grace period you get when registering a domain name.

If you register a domain name with Namecheap and ask for a refund within the first 5 days, they will give you store credit.
if you register a domain name with GoDaddy and ask for a refund, they will refund your purchase in cash.

Bob Parsons, the CEO of Godaddy is credited with coming up with this term. It comes from “check kiting” which was an old scam involving check and exploiting the time it took for funds to reach one bank to another.

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