Proving a community for “shop” proves very difficult.
.Shop top level domain name applicant Commercial Connect has been denied (pdf) in its bid for Community Priority, scoring just five points out the necessary 14 required to prevail.
Like GMO, which also applied for community status, Commercial Connect didn’t score any points for “community establishment” and nexus. GMO got six points in its evaluation.
Commercial Connect has been a harebrained mission to eliminate competition for .shop. It lost 8 string confusion objections against strings such .商城 (mall), .forsale and .بازار (bizaar or market).
Of course, winning these string contentions would have just created more competition for Commercial Connect to beat in contention sets to run the string.