Turns out some evil domain snatching company called Credonic.com grabbed my domain about a day before I grabbed it and is now trying to resell it to me for $250!
I emailed them nicely and asked for it back, even offering to pay them registrar fees. They said “no, it costs $250”.
I then asked them again, very nicely and pleaded with them to please give it back to me. They replied “no, it costs $250”.
At that point I sent over a nasty email and felt better, then worse. I realized that it was my fault that I forget to renew it, not theirs.
Moral? Renew your domains.
Businesses exist that register expired names just so they can get you to pay up for your mistakes. Does that suck? Yes, but it’s a business they run, and it’s legal.
I’m not buying it back for $250, no. But can you imagine if you lost a real domain? Like your most important domain? You’d pay, believe me, and they wouldn’t charge you $250 either.