Here's a story about a domain. (A few months have gone by but the topic came up when speaking with a mate and I'm still hung up on it). I was after a domain that was owned by a company (who became the new owners when they bought another company). They weren't using it and it didn't seem that they ever would. The name had personal value to me and so I tried for years to get it from the company. Each time they said they'd get back to me, followed shortly by an email saying the business unit said it wasn't for sale. Then I noticed the domain had expired. The company said that they wouldn't sell. I watched as the status of the domain changed to "no longer needed" and wondered what was happening and why wouldn't they sell but it looks like they are going to throw it away?! I then noticed that there was a new owner. I was gutted. I really wanted to make an offer at least have a fair chance to buy it. So I contacted them and they said that it was a mistake and that they let it expire by mistake?! But the domain had only been in expired/no longer needed status for a few weeks... From what I had seen through my whois checks (later confirmed by Nominet) the domain had been transferred from the old owners to the new. But why wouldn't they give me the chance to make an offer? And why would they tell me they hadn't sold it - but it had expired by mistake? I contacted the new owner (who is a member on here) and he said that he acquired it from the old owners. I asked if he could disclose how much (if he paid £10,000 then I could forget about it and move on - above my price). He told me to mind my own business... I pressed for info and after emails back and forth with the new owner about the strangeness of the old owners telling me that it wasn't sold - the new owner told me to check his earlier emails where he hadn't said that he paid for it, he pointed me to how he said he had "acquired it from them", now suggesting hadn't paid?! The story now got more cryptic! Who gives away a valuable domain and says that they let it expire. I may be a sore loser. I am definitely still hung up on this domain months after because of how hard I tried to get it and the strange circumstances and emails from both the old owner and the new owner. The old owner is a PLC so if it was a sale then wouldn't it be on the books somewhere? I hate mysteries.