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Hi @dsclifton. Thanks for posting. This is a scenario that has come up a number of times (unfortunately). First, let me say that we definitely DO NOT register names after they've been searched. That's sometimes referred to as domain name front running. If you search on the topic, no doubt you will see others have encountered something similar. Here is a good 3rd party point of view if you want to read it.
One thing that is not touched on in the article I linked above but does sometimes happen is that search results provide incorrect information. When the initial search occurs, in order to provide the fastest result, our website will provide the most recent information it has on the domain that is searched for. However, if you click the add to cart button, our site double-checks the registration with the domain registry to make sure it is available. Sometimes the initial search result will show a domain as not registered when it actually is.
For as many times as I've seen this issue come up, every time I've investigated it, I've found that the domain was already registered when the initial search was performed. Still, if you'd like to share the domains in question, I'd be happy to take a closer look.