Hi, I just spoke with Wild West Domains where my expired domain purchased via WP now resides.
It expired July 2012, I've tried relentlessly to renew via WP with no success. I received the error 1001 code in doing so. Even though I was still charged the $26.
Being that WHOIS now states Wild West being the new owner, I contacted them. They said renewal has to be done via WP. It's a perpetual circle.