I may get in trouble with this one, but this business tactic that Network Solutions use is what my dad would call ‘dirty pool’. Dirty pool is the tactic of scratching the cue ball on purpose to force the other playing to play from the ‘kitchen’ on the pool table.
Here is an excerpt from SitePoint newsletter that I receive. . .
When you run a search on a domain name to see if it’s registered, be prepared to buy it on the spot if it’s available.
You see, if you check a domain’s availability with Network Solutions, the registrar will put it on “reserve” (which effectively means that it registers the domain).
Then, the only place you can register the domain name is with Network Solutions — at its chosen price.
Network Solutions still charge an enormous price of $35 per year for a domain name that you can get for $8.95 many other places and to think that if you perform a search through Nutwork Solutions (misspelling intentional) you are forced to buy it from them makes me sick to my stomach! I still consider this to be a dirty practice!