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From the “scandal” department : Is Pheenix warehousing domains?

Domain aftermarket and auction platform, Pheenix, received a barrage of unsavory comments over at NamePros. Coming fresh from the drop of several of its satellite registrars, Pheenix appears to have angered a customer, who claims they are “warehousing customers’ expired domains.” The Pheenix customer is livid over the fact that his winning bid did not […]

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LittleAcornsFostering.com case is worse than I expected

Perhaps saying this domain was held for ransom is a fair characterization. In September I wrote about a UK foster agency that forgot to renew its domain. It said the person who bought the expired domain was holding it for ransom by demanding £9,000 for its return. The foster agency opted to file a UDRP […]

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Another “forgot to renew domain, service went down” story

This time a Dell domain is dropped. Earlier this week I wrote about how part of IBM’s cloud infrastructure went down when it failed to renew two domain names. Krebs on Security has another example, this one coming from a provider to technology giant Dell. A backup provider called Softthinks.com used the domain name DellBackupandRecoveryCloudStorage.com, […]

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Domain Industry Roundup – DNW Podcast #157

Five interviews from Merge bring you up-to-speed on the domain business. This week we catch up with five people in the domain name industry with interviews from last week’s Merge conference. You’ll hear from Dr. Hani Armstrong with Protected Parking about typo domains, Jonathan Tenenbaum about Tucows’ domain inventory and new lower prices, Ryan Colby […]

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Why lower prices at NameJet might mean more money for everyone

A lower starting price is a bet on higher sell-through rates. NameJet is lowering the starting bid prices on a number of direct-transfer expiring domain names. These are the domains that are registered at partner registrars and don’t go through the full pending delete cycle. Domains from Tucows (which owns half of NameJet) will be […]

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NameJet drops pricing to $39 for some domain backorders

NameJet announced that it’s dropping the price of some domain backorders to $39 dollars. Normally, the price is $69 dollars, so that’s a considerable discount. According to the latest news from NameJet: “While most of the domains on NameJet still start at $69, you will likely see more and more domains starting below this amount. […]

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Domain transfers past expiration : It won’t work with eNom!

In a recent article about domain transfers past expiration, we came to the conclusion that they are feasible. Most domain registrars these days take a non-aggressive stance to losing customers, in hopes that overall they’ll attract more. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with eNom and its antiquated back-end interface, so an update is due on […]

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More expired domain changes: Pheenix jacks up prices

Drop catching service is increasing prices significantly this week. A lot seems to be going on with drop catching expired .com domain names. Verisign is definitely up to something that is going to change how services capture domains. Now comes news that Pheenix, the least expensive of the big three drop catchers, is significantly increasing […]

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