NameSilo

Official .icu showcase

Labeled as discuss in gTLD Discussion, started by Bob Hawkes, May 30, 2018

Replies:
68
Views:
5,869

  1. Hannu Kuukkanen

    Hannu Kuukkanen New Member

    Posts:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    YES. Just so. I'm getting daily tens of .ICU scams by random generated domain names. Every one has links to the database to the same domain name. NameCheap deletes them as soon I report them BUT new scams comes still every day. This is due to the almost free domain name and free internet pages. Problem is not mine but I think this scam campaign [with unknown content (virus) coming from the data base] may lead to some serious attack by numerous hijacked computers?
     
    The views expressed on this page by users and staff are their own, not those of NamePros.
  2. JayT

    JayT Restricted (85-100%)

    Posts:
    1,836
    Likes Received:
    959
  3. scanner2005

    scanner2005 Established Member

    Posts:
    538
    Likes Received:
    186
  4. JayT

    JayT Restricted (85-100%)

    Posts:
    1,836
    Likes Received:
    959
    lifesaving.icu

    In my search, I found a few premium, I'd like to buy they were cheap enough too, about $20. I didn't buy them though, on principle. I think the premium costs are greedy and unnecessarily confusing for everyone involved. It's worrisome that these ntld are so micromanaged to the point that we're scared they just straight steal our best names from us via price increases (as uniregistry already did, in a big way). Ntld have their sunset phases where registry can earn some extra bread. Hardly anything on the bone from domainers, and many hate newtld in general, in part because this greed/mismanagement.
     
  5. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Top Member NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

    Posts:
    6,534
    Likes Received:
    18,552
    Hi @JayT
    While I share your concerns in general, to my knowledge the registry have not redesignated any as premium that had not been initially aligned to one of the 4 price tiers (I could be wrong). Also, the registry has a stated policy that premium are for first year only, and all renew at the very reasonable standard rates. I wish that all new gTLDs did this.
    Bob
     
  6. Joakim

    Joakim SalesBusiness.com VIP

    Posts:
    1,659
    Likes Received:
    2,263
    Both mine are marked as premium, but don't think I paid any extra when I registered them. Also, only about $5 in renewals each.

    Helpline / icu
    Hotline / icu
     
  7. Welberch

    Welberch Welberch, LLC VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

    Posts:
    1,623
    Likes Received:
    754
    .ICU is as garbage as Geneva is a home of slave owners.
     
  8. HotKey

    HotKey Made in Canada VIP

    Posts:
    2,701
    Likes Received:
    6,440
    Yeppers, it's just that these acronym nGs aren't strong brands, regardless of how they're priced. But also to JayT's point, the initial premium fee or the continuing premium renewals on them are a deterrent.

    This premium pricing is just smoke and mirrors on these weak extensions, as if everyone is or will be vying for them. Simply won't be the case. They are trying to compete with the big boy extensions where, although its still frowned upon by us, in theory a sort of premium pricing might be justified.

    What do we have for these acronym extensions? VIP, FYI, ICU, GDN, RIP, LOL. And then there's ONL- what the heck is that?? Who uses "onl" to mean "online"? I mean it's silly really. Granted there are pairings that work well with any of these acronymicals, and I have several myself, but on the whole they should be a good combination and not just any random wording.

    ICU is interesting, but as a strong brand.. I dunno. I guess that'll be up to the buyer to discover and implement. Creative minds outside the domainingsphere are always surprising us, and will likely come up with a brand that none of us have in our portfolio, lol.

    peekaboo.icu would be fun.

    **

    I have just one:

    C a n n a • ICU

    Can be interpreted a few ways.
     
  9. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Top Member NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

    Posts:
    6,534
    Likes Received:
    18,552
    Just to make sure wrong information is not spread the premiums in ICU do not continue. The subsequent years are standard. Here is their statement:
    "Our premium names don’t have a premium renewal fee; so once you sell one your customer doesn’t have to worry about a billing surprise next year when she sees the name renew. "

    Also while a small number of .icu are premium, which they are and at what levels (they have 4) are clearly set up in EPP so every registrar has clear premium price information, compared to the confusing nature of some of the extensions. Also, most of the premium (85% of the premium names) are at the lowest tier, which is a wholesale cost of just $12 (most retail about $16 or so). So considering renewal rates of about $8 from multiple registrars (actually $7 at a few) you could have 4 years of a low tier premium for almost exactly the same 4 year cost as a .com at hand reg at cheapest prices. And some pretty nice words that cost huge amounts in other extensions, even in new gTLDs, are available for low tier hand registration.

    I agree that the idea of .icu in almost all cases is not for a brand or main corporate site. It is more for a catchy marketing campaign, possibly an online showcase, social media, personal use, creatives use, etc. Clearly there are business users, such as travel.icu, but I think the majority will not be.

    Bob
     
  10. HotKey

    HotKey Made in Canada VIP

    Posts:
    2,701
    Likes Received:
    6,440
    Correcto- but I was referring to another poster's statement on backing off of premium domains (all new G's in general), regardless of it being just the initial premium or a continuing one. But this is an ICU thread, sry for confusion.

    I don't particularly mind this strategy ICU uses for pricing, actually. It would be nice for other registries to adopt it.
     
  11. JayT

    JayT Restricted (85-100%)

    Posts:
    1,836
    Likes Received:
    959
    It's awesome that the price will be regular renewal, I agree with that, across the board pricing. However, it's just the registry word. It's peculiar they have 4 tiers, maybe once domaining gets more (or..less!) popular they can raise the price to whatever, or for sure, like bound by a contract they won't raise the renewal according to tier? See, too many questions with adding this tier crap, imo.

    I always think back to my uni domains. I thought Frank Shilling was a good domainer, I thought he knew what he was doing. He's a famous domainer, who are these ICU ppl? Always have to wonder...but what happened to the pro, Frank? We heard he was losing money. Was he going bankrupt? IDK, but about a dozens extensions went up 100-1000% in price. You could 'lock in' for 10 years. But that's not nice if you have many names, honestly, most of us are not rich like Frank, we can't afford the upfront payment, we barely make 1 year. The $1 discounting is basically a donation of your $ if hikes on your premium names is in cards.

    I am only saying so because the more 'manged' a tld is, the more I worry they only care about every last penny. If someone were to take a chance and invest 100k on the best ICU 'premiums', you'll be sick to hear they go up 1000% unless you renew for 10 years. Like you're expecting to pay 100k a year but a million a year is out of the question. This can happen, a

    Don't even get me into fake sales to lure ppl in neither. Sometimes numbers that seem too good to be true, something fishy, like buying their own names. Not saying ICU doing this but it's fishy to move up so fast, while i find so many 'premiums' still exist. WHY would people reg the WORST domains first?
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2019
  12. gipson

    gipson Next Domain Market VIP

    Posts:
    2,024
    Likes Received:
    2,373
    smarter

    icu beat the .top
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2019
  13. Jurgen Wolf

    Jurgen Wolf Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

    Posts:
    10,438
    Likes Received:
    8,664
    Because $1.
    No other reasons.
     
  14. gipson

    gipson Next Domain Market VIP

    Posts:
    2,024
    Likes Received:
    2,373
    yes..i get another.. real estate
     
  15. loreofflight

    loreofflight New Member

    Posts:
    9
    Likes Received:
    5
    I too immediately think Intensive Care Unit. I don't know what they were thinking putting this one together. I think I prefer the spam of .mobi over .icu to be quite honest lol.
     
  16. JB Lions

    JB Lions Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

    Posts:
    16,581
    Likes Received:
    21,615
    Congrats to intensive care unit, King of the new gtlds. Jumping 1.8 million regs in the last 2 months to first place at 4.1 million+ - https://ntldstats.com/tld
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2019
  17. Shackleton

    Shackleton Established Member

    Posts:
    189
    Likes Received:
    231
    That's shocking. This is a really weak extension. ICU= Intensive Care Unit
     
  18. Jurgen Wolf

    Jurgen Wolf Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

    Posts:
    10,438
    Likes Received:
    8,664
    .TOP successor...
    And the same silence in terms of inquiries.
     
  19. bigbig

    bigbig Established Member ★★★★★★★★★★

    Posts:
    24
    Likes Received:
    25
    It's fascinating to me the popularity of this extension, I don't quite get it.

    I looked for words ending in IC and found a slight name hack available:
    poet.icu (Poetic U) or (Poet I See U)
    but it looks like this and many single words I tried are now considered premium names and are ~$14. I'm not gonna get it if anyone likes it.

    With all the spam it sounds like ICU is getting used for, Spammer.ICU would be kinda ironic to nab and aggregate a list of spammed ICU names somehow, as it would make sense matter how someone interprets the ICU part "Spammer I See You" or putting spammers in the ICU, lol.
     
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2019

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...