People tend to see the expiry dates of domain names and back-order them or think that they'll grab'em as soon as they expire. But it doesn't work this way. On the other hand, there is a two and a half month process between the domain's expiry date and it actually getting available for any-one to register. If the owner of a domain doesn't renew it till the expiry date, the domain's status becomes 'expired' but for the next 40 days, the domain is in grace period. As is clear from the name, during the grace period the previous owner can still renew it without a penalty. After the grace period is over, the 'redemption period' begins (yes, still not expired!). Now all whois information gets deleted and now the previous owner will have to bear a penalty if they want to renew (around $100). After the redemption period, for 5 l-o-n-g days the domain is 'locked' and finally after that duration is that the domain is available for registration to anybody (hoof!). Now if you have back-ordered it, it will be yours.