I recently had a client ask me a question about domains that I don't know how to answer.
She says she typed in a name in an availability search box and saw that it was available. She went back to purchase this domain a week later and it was taken, as well as the .org, net. etc. of the same name.
Her question is, do web hosts or other unscrupulous people track domain availability searches and then buy up those searched names?
A domain name broker is now offering her desired domain for sale for $1,000+
I have seen this happen before as well... I have to admit I have never accually seen proof that people/companies do this. However I have seen and had it happen to me personally. WHich is why I do 3 things differntly than I used too...
1. I only allow one person to do domain searches for clients, I don't even allow the client to search for there own domain.
2. I use a WhoIS search for possible domains - Geektools.com has a great tool you download and install.
3. only do seaches at your Registar when you want to accually want to buy the domain.