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I'm waiting for a domain name to expire, and the whois lists the expiration date as 11/2/2011 and the lock status as clientDeleteProhibited. Is this a normal part of domain expiration? And when can I expect the domain to be open for purchase?

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The best explanation i've found is here

So at least 30 days + 1-5 days before it 'drops' and becomes available again.

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there's a really good article explaining how/when domains drop here:… –  BoyMars Mar 1 '11 at 17:14

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