Donuts to reserve large part of their domain inventory back.

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  1. kriss05

    kriss05 Active Member VIP

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    I discovered that Donuts recently reserved back tens, if not hundreds of thousands, domains. Huge number of domains worth registering got reserved. Also almost all good drops are getting reserved every day. Just checked 2,000 LL domains out of 200,000 two-character domains released in 2015: 722 of them got reserved, so you get the idea on number of reservations.

    Is it good for nGTLDs? I don't think so.
     
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  2. dordomai

    dordomai Active Member VIP

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    that is what I predicted 1 year ago. It will only get worse as competition between registries increases and they need to survive. Registries are domainers and will sooner or later have to maximize their revenues. They will not give a domainer a domain with a renewal fee of $20 that is worth $xxx to a speculator. They will reserve it for themselves. You will be allowed to register domains that they believe to be worth less than regfee.

    Every domain that is worth more than the renewal fees will either have premium renewals or premium prices. They won't leave much money on the table. Why should they?
     
  3. deez007

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    That's downright insane of them!... I mean it's idiotic of them to be that short sighted. Wow man, I wish some of their senior managers or directors were here on the forum.. would love to hear them explain this skanky behavior. I mean do they not have the foresight to think long term....Greedy business tactics like that just hurt nGTLD's in the long run... how can they not have the business savvy to see that!!
     
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  4. kriss05

    kriss05 Active Member VIP

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    Yes, to me it is terrible decision.

    No registry can survive without domainers I believe. If they make 2013-2014 again, when nothing worthwhile was available to register, I, for example, will have no choice but get back to ccTLDs and even .com's :xf.eek: and many people too.
     
  5. wwwweb

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    Maybe it means Donuts is not as successful, as they thought they would be at this stage in their business plan.

    They may have tweaked the numbers to see if they pull back the domains, and sell them directly as premiums via open auctions, or on a one by one basis, they can increase revenue.

    What they have essentially done is push more people to .com, as gtld's continue to be a farce when their initial request was for the purpose of providing accessible domains, at reasonable prices for all.

    This is going as many veterans predicted, an internal demise, .com just went up in value again.
     
  6. dordomai

    dordomai Active Member VIP

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    perhaps it is also done to cover up the fact that many speculative regs from China are dropping and to keep registration counts inflated.
     
  7. deez007

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    It's basic business 101.... wholesalers don't compete with their own retailers if they want to build a long term business
     
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    Huge Domains buying at Godaddy auctions, Uniregistry buying at Namejet ? Domainers continue to buy, and support such businesses that compete directly with them?
     
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    Yep and this is the problem... it creates a messy marketplace imo.. they are all losing the plot.
     
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  10. urlurl

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    that's one out of 1,000 reasons why i don't bother investing with these new extensions. They can (and they do) what ever they like. If they decide to jack up the renewal fee's they can.
     
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    Elon Swift Established Member

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    no not at all. if most of the 2 letter domain names will get reserved like this then it will be a monopoly of one person. Also it will be a barrier to Ngtld's
     
  12. Perceptron

    Perceptron "What you seek, is seeking you!" VIP

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    I have noticed some of my standard-renewal dropped domains now registry reserved, not the LL or NN category but Keyword.Keyword ones. I guess they are a lill confused themselves.
     
  13. kriss05

    kriss05 Active Member VIP

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    They reserved nearly everything worthwhile, including keyword.keyword ones.
     
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    Maybe it was the plan all along. Reserve the obviously great ones, and a bunch of good ones, and then let domainers go crazy fighting the leftovers and generate some cash flow. Then try to lure brave end users into paying crazy renewals, and reserve every single good domain at the drop after those end users start to slowly pile up and provide enough cash flow.
     

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