GoDaddy issues its pricing for jumping the line for Donuts’ domain names.
Last month I wrote about how Donuts was eschewing a traditional “landrush” period for its domain names in favor of a so-called “Early Access Program”.
The Early Access Program (EAP) charges significantly higher prices the earlier you register a domain name.
It was clear at the time that pricing for the program would not be cheap. 101Domain already listed a price of $10,990 for the earliest registrations.
Now we have GoDaddy’s pricing, and it’s not any cheaper. If you want to jump the line, open up your wallet.
Pricing varies slightly between different Donuts domains, but here’s a general idea:
First day pricing: $12,500
Second day pricing: $3,150
Third day pricing: $1,250
Fourth day pricing: $700
Fifth day pricing: $200
Renewal pricing reverts to Donuts’ standard fees.
Domain domain investors have made good money with bitcoin domain names.
Bitcoins are hot, and some domain name investors are cashing in. Not by investing in Bitcoins, but by investing in Bitcoin domain names.
Here are some recent sales involving Bitcoin domain names:
Bitcoin.de and Bitcoins.de for 29,750 EUR
BitCoin.be 1,500 EUR
Keep in mind that, given the nature of Bitcoins, many Bitcoin domain name sales are likely private and transacted in Bitcoins rather than hard currency.
There are two reasons I think Bitcoin domain name owners are doing well right now.
First is that Bitcoins are a hot topic. Second is that the actual cost in dollars of a domain name may seem much less to a Bitcoin owner since their own “currency” has appreciated so much.
Let’s say you have a Bitcoin domain you’re willing to sell for $10,000. Then consider someone who bought Bitcoins for $25 each earlier this year. The spot price is changing, but a Bitcoin is worth about $1,000 today. That $10,000 price tag on your domain has changed to about $250 now in Bitcoin terms, or in the eyes of the buyer who saw his Bitcoins appreciate that much.
Now, I’m not suggesting you rush out and invest in Bitcoin domain names. Keep in mind this gravy train can crash as quickly as it has gone up.
.Com registry offers $2 discount on deleting domain names.
Verisign is testing lower wholesale prices for deleting .com domain names later this month.
From December 15-31, registrars will be able to register .com domain names on the day they delete for $5.85. Regular wholesale pricing is $7.85 per year.
The domain names must be registered before midnight on the day they are deleted. They must be registered through the auto batch pool, which is a secondary registry-registrar connection. Most domain names registered are done through a “live” pool, which will not qualify for the discount.
This is an interesting test. The timing could be that Verisign is trying to push up its numbers just before the quarter ends. But it also could be that they are trying to figure out how to improve long term re-registration of domain names that expire. (Or maybe both.)
Verisign has considered offering tiered pricing on expired domain names, essentially discounting the price over time if there are no takers when the domain drops. But in this test the discount is only good on the day the domain expires, and the discount is the same if you grab the domain immediately after it drops or later in the day.
End user customers are unlikely to see any price decrease from the test.
Verisign loses another string confusion challenge.
Verisign, the registry for .net domain names, has lost a string confusion objection it brought against M-Net and its application for the top level domain .mnet.
M-Net is a pay-TV channel in South Africa. It applied for .mnet as a closed .brand domain name, and the closed nature weighed heavily in the panelist’s decision.
Verisign tried to argue that M-Net could change its business model in the future, and this could cause confusion with .net.
Panelist Bruce Belding considered that .mnet would be targeted to consumers in South Africa, and determined that people in this target market are not likely to be confused or misled by the coexistence of .net and .mnet domain names. He pointed out that the target market internet user is accustomed to differentiating between various domain names.
Verisign filed seven string confusion objections related to .net and lost all of them.
Amazon details some of the concessions it was willing to make to governments in the Amazon region.
One of the more peculiar new top level domain name battles is the one between Amazon.com and and governments of the Amazon area, including Brazil and Peru.
At the request of these countries, the Governmental Advisory Committee has effectively killed Amazon.com’s bid for .amazon and two internationalized equivalents in Japanese and Chinese.
It’s sometimes difficult to get inside the head government bureaucrats. But it’s safe to say that most governments fear change. When they have the power to stop something that may have repercussions, they do it. That’s even if those repercussions are imagined.
Would the countries of the Amazon actually be harmed if .amazon were delegated to the internet’s biggest retailer?
I struggle to find a single way it could be harmed. If it were harmed, surely the countries could point to actual examples from Amazon.com’s use of its second level Amazon.com domain name.
And the IDN equivalents? Is it going to hurt tourism from China and Japan? How?
ICANN just published a letter (pdf) sent by Amazon.com that details some of the concessions the company was willing to make to the governments in the Amazon region. The concessions included blocking second level domain names that may be relevant to the region, or even offering second level domains to relevant groups so they could use them.
Would the governments actually accept a second level domain, such as brazil.amazon? Of course not. They themselves have no use for .amazon. They didn’t apply for it. They would have no idea how to use it. They won’t be harmed at all by the company getting .amazon.
Yet they’ve blocked .amazon, just because they can.
Perhaps Amazon.com came in with guns blazing and upset the governments. If you weren’t in the negotiations, you can’t know for sure.
Still, I think the death of .amazon is bad for the new TLD program. Amazon.com applied for 76 domain names. It’s one of the two companies people point to when they say internet companies are excited about new TLDs (the other being Google). Yes, Amazon.com’s plans for closed domains are controversial. But for those that wish to see new TLDs be a success, pointing to a robust .amazon domain is important.