For domains that are scheduled for deletion, Pool has the upper hand over SnapNames.
Time and again, I’ve found that if I back-order a domain at both, Pool wins it 100% of the time.
If I use SnapNames only, then I either lose the domain to a private label drop-catcher, or SnapNames catches it.
In other words, SnapNames appears to have lost its value as a pure drop-catching service, and switched over to the auction market.
I used SnapNames a lot in the past, during the era of the infamous halvarez, with mixed results. Pool has been consistent though; it even produced the seed for my biggest sale to date.
The bottom line is, that using both services as a back-up, you’ll find out that Pool wins the domain and SnapNames sends the somber message below:
“We attempted to secure the following domain names: [...] …as they were released by the registry, but the attempts were unsuccessful. We’re sorry that we were unable to acquire these domain names. We have thousands of other great names available – you can click on the domain names above to see similar domains in our inventory.”