How to purchase a domain name owned by someone else?

We want to purchase a web domain name which is not available. Currently it is not associated to a website or any services. According to this domain is with an expiration date passed -- 2015-04-15, but still shows 'Not Available' when we tried to purchase it. Can you tell us why it is still not available? Also, can you tell us how to proceed if we want to purchase this domain name?
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Once registration expires, the domain name is placed under the status of RENEWAL GRACE PERIOD. While under this status, the original owner can still renew the domain name without incurring any additional fees. The length of the RENEWAL GRACE PERIOD varies depending on the registrar (typically 30-45 days).

If the registry's grace period expires and the domain name has still not been renewed, it is placed under the status of PENDINGDELETE. The domain name will remain under this status for five calendar days, during which time it cannot be restored by the original owner, the registrar, or the registry. It will continue to be excluded from the zone files.

The domain name can be acquired by anyone the moment it is dropped from the registry. Because of the competition for many dropped domain names, the most effective method of acquiring one is through a backorder service (also know as a drop catching service).

A few of the more popular backorder services are:

GoDaddy, NameJet, Pool, SnapNames

CastlewoodAuthor Commented:
Thank you so  much for the info.
Do you think it is proper to call the original owner asking how much they want to sell for this domain?
I'd probably would recommend a back order service just because it at least gives you a chance of securing it (it does not guarantee that you will). This does depend on the domain name itself, if the domain is something common (i.e dictionary word) there will be other interested parties, where you will be bidding against them when the domain becomes available. Better chances will come with a less common domain name.

A call, I'm thinking this will simply remind them that the domain is expiring and they'll renew, thereby never giving you the opportunity of securing it. But you just never know they could also renew and then accept your offer. Good luck!


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