Your question was: Is it worth getting a Godaddy hosting account?.
I hated it for the reason that I didn't want people to see which ones I did my homework on (cream of the crop so to speak). It gave someone an easy way to cherry pick.
BUT at the same time I loved it as now I didnt have to guess if someone would grab it or take the chance to see if it would end up selling for $9. No bids ='d low auction starting price.
But now they are not tasting and doing the $9 ones so now I am back to hating it.
I don't care for it at all myself. Now, you have to wait til the last minute almost to bid, which sucks, because I have forgotten to go back to 'last minute bid' and lost some names I was interested in. In fact I forgot about bids showing up, placed a bid on a name yesterday, and damm...., there it was - a big 'notice me flag' for all to see and bid against me. Now I've got hope no one sees it in the next week.
Of course there is the flipside, where you too can find something you may have not seen!! ...........
...and that name is in need of a good nuturing domainer too!! Anyone interested, I have an 'in' with that buyer and may be able to get you a good deal on it!!..
The downloadable lists have been showing the number of bids as well..
Thanks for the posts. The reactions are about what I figured. I too am spending less as names without bids I'll just follow through to the drop. I have got a few that way (not great traffic names obviously, but good niche ones I'm interested in). Since I'll only pre-bid now at the last minute, I'm not loading a cart ahead of time and due to time issues have sometimes missed the pre-bidding cut-off.
So, all in all, who is this visible pre-bidding supposed to benefit? Not domainers, and not Namejet or Snapnames if the reduced bidding stories are tallied up. I might try outlining these concerns to both companies. I'll probably get the usual corporate "your business is important to us" pap, but it's worth a try...