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When a .COM domain name expires, the domain enters a series of periods, each with its own rules and restrictions:

1. Grace Period: This is a short period of time (typically around 30 days) during which the domain owner can renew the domain name at the regular renewal price.

2. Redemption Period: If the domain is not renewed during the grace period, it enters the redemption period, which typically lasts for about 30 days. During this time, the domain owner can still renew the domain name, but with an additional redemption fee on top of the regular renewal price.

3. Pending Delete Period: If the domain is not redeemed during the redemption period, it enters the pending delete period, which typically lasts for about 5 days. During this time, the domain cannot be renewed or transferred, and it is in a queue to be deleted from the registry.

4. Available for Registration: After the pending delete period, the domain becomes available for registration again on a first-come, first-served basis.

It's important to note that these timeframes and rules can vary slightly depending on the registrar and registry in charge of the domain.

Normally for .COM or .NET the registrar sends the domain names go to domain auction sites to sell them for very high amounts in auctions, so they can be blocked for years until they are released back to public, so we encourage you to make sure to renew your domain name well before its expiration date, so you make sure you don't lose it.

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