NameSilo

Is tasting still going on?

Located in General Domain Discussion started by NameSpirit.com, Aug 10, 2019.

Replies:
10
Views:
569

  1. NameSpirit.com

    NameSpirit.com Established Member

    Posts:
    103
    Likes Received:
    18
    Just a few days ago, I have seen a few pending delete names becoming available, then getting registered and then being dropped again around three days later by several different registrars.

    Wasn't domain tasting (registering a name, checking if it has existing traffic for a few days and then dropping it if it isn't profitable) in .com more or less eliminated due to ICANN imposing higher fees for name deletions done shortly after the creation date?
    Does each registrar have a quota of "you can drop X amount of names per Y amount of time" for a lower fee or even for free?

    Looking forward to reading your thoughts on this.
     
    The views expressed on this page by users and staff are their own, not those of NamePros.
  2. Gube

    Gube Member Epik.com Staff

    Posts:
    279
    Likes Received:
    310
    Snapnames alias web.com alias NetSol still does that.
    On snapnames they have a special category called Daily deals.
    If no one bid, they drop the names after 5 days
     
  3. NameSpirit.com

    NameSpirit.com Established Member

    Posts:
    103
    Likes Received:
    18
    Oh I didn't know that, thanks for letting me know, much appreciated. I guess on average it must still be profitable for them if enough people are buying names from the Daily Deals section.
     
  4. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes formerly MetBob NameTalent Gold Account VIP

    Posts:
    4,091
    Likes Received:
    9,409
    I am tagging @jmcc as I know he has looked very extensively on the topic of domain tasting (he is currently writing a chapter on it for his forthcoming book). I am sure he can add some insights on how extensively it still happens.

    Bob
     
  5. NameSpirit.com

    NameSpirit.com Established Member

    Posts:
    103
    Likes Received:
    18
    Thank you Bob, looking forward to this.
     
  6. wurdd

    wurdd Established Member

    Posts:
    122
    Likes Received:
    207
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2019
  7. NameSpirit.com

    NameSpirit.com Established Member

    Posts:
    103
    Likes Received:
    18
    Interesting, thanks for that!
     
  8. jmcc

    jmcc Top Member VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

    Posts:
    1,623
    Likes Received:
    1,207
    It is still happening but on a much smaller scale than the peak. On some months during the peak, over 50 million domain names were being tasted in a single month. It was a highly organised business and it benefited from ICANN being completely unable to do anything about it. It was taking advantage of the Add Grace Period to taste and delete domain names for a net zero cost. The registrars would taste the domain names and then get a credit for each domain name deleted in the AGP. Basically, ICANN introduced a system where excessive deletions would not get a refund and it also introduced a transaction charge. The irony was that large scale tasting was dead before ICANN ever got around to doing anything about it. Dell and Alienware took a court case against a number of registrars who were doing 10 million domain names a month for trademark infringement in October 2007. After that, things started declining rapidly because other tasters knew that they'd be next. ( https://www.pcworld.com/article/142181/article.html )

    The system is still being hijacked but not to the same extent. Expiring domain names with traffic are now shifted to auction sites whereas before the tasters would be competing with others to get these expiring domain names as they dropped.

    Regards...jmcc
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2019
  9. NameSpirit.com

    NameSpirit.com Established Member

    Posts:
    103
    Likes Received:
    18
    Thank you for this detailed response, definitely much appreciated info.
     
  10. myfavorite

    myfavorite Established Member

    Posts:
    664
    Likes Received:
    673
    Some registrar do charge for grace delete
     
  11. NameSpirit.com

    NameSpirit.com Established Member

    Posts:
    103
    Likes Received:
    18
    True, I think some allow for a small number to be deleted for free and after that they charge for it.
     

Want to reply or ask your own question?

It only takes a minute to sign up – and it's free!
Topics / Tags:
NameWorth
  1. NamePros uses cookies and similar technologies. By using this site, you are agreeing to our privacy policy, terms, and use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice
Loading...