The heart of my question is what's the best way to obtain a domain that godaddy.com has "grabbed."
Here's the history...
I bought the .org and the .net versions back in 2005 primary since the project I was working on was associated with a non-profit and the .org was just fine. The .com wasn't available or I would have bought it.
If you look at the attached chart, you'll see that this domain had active use in the period just prior to my purchase but then nothing for a number of years.
I had no big need for buying the .com domain until recently. What appears to have happened is that godaddy.com has purchased the domain and is holding it. (It had been pretty active and I'm sure when it expired they grabbed it or maybe it had been previously registered with them).
In any case, I would like to see about buying this domain but I want to do it in a way that doesn't cause them to "raise the price" just because somebody is interested.
Does anybody have any good hints as to how to go about making an offer on a domain owned by "godaddy" that hasn't been active for nearly six years?
Any hints on how to avoid them "jacking up the price" would be appreciated.