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September 26, 2018 12:21

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Drop-catcher drops almost all remaining registrars

Drop-catch specialist Pheenix has terminated almost all of its remaining registrar accreditations, leaving it with just its core registrar. By my count, 50 shell registrars have terminated their ICANN contracts over the last few days, all of them part of the Pheenix dropnet. Only Pheenix.com remains accredited. That’s one registrar, down from a peak of […]

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ICANN terminates 450 drop-catch registrars

Almost 450 registrars have lost their ICANN accreditations in recent days, fulfilling predictions of a downturn in the domain name drop-catch market. By my reckoning, 448 registrars have been terminated in the last week, all of them apparently shells operated by Pheenix, one of the big three drop-catching firms. Basically, Pheenix has dumped about 90% […]

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Want to buy expired domain names? You should know about these five sites

This weekend a friend who is starting to get into the world of domain names asked me where I go to buy expired domains. I shared some of my favorite sites for buying expired domains and was surprised that he had only heard of one of the five. After sharing my top five list with […]

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Is Verisign about to change the expired domain drop catching game?

Patent application shows that Verisign might be shaking up the current system. Lots of well-timed firepower. That’s how the expired domain name drop catching system works in .com today. Drop catchers target domain names the second they drop, and try to coordinate amongst their hundreds of owned-and-operated registrars as well as partners to register as […]

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ICANN expects to lose 750 registrars in the next year

ICANN is predicting that about 750 accredited registrars will close over the next 12 months due to the over-saturation of the drop-catching market. ICANN VP Cyrus Namazi made the estimate while explaining ICANN’s fiscal 2018 budget, which is where the projection originated, at the organization’s public meeting in South Africa last week. He said that […]

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Pheenix adds 300 more registrars to drop-catch arsenal

The domain drop-catching arms race is heating up, with budget player Pheenix this week acquiring 300 more registrar accreditations from ICANN. According to DI records, the company now has almost 500 registrar accreditations in its family. More accreditations means more registry connections with which to attempt to acquire expired domains as they return to the […]

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DropCatch spends millions to buy FIVE HUNDRED more registrars

Domain drop-catching service DropCatch.com has added five hundred new registrar accreditations to its stable over the last few days. The additions give the company a total accreditation count of at least 1,252, according to DI data. That means about 43% of all ICANN-accredited registrars are now controlled by just one company. DropCatch is owned by […]

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NameJet : Domain is dropped from 25,000 ft in obvious publicity stunt

When you drop a domain from a high altitude, does it survive? That’s the question that domain investor and skydiver, Luke Raikins, asked himself many times in the past. During the weekend, in a coordinated publicity stunt with drop-catching service, NameJet, Raikins had his question answered. “We flew up all the way to 25,003 ft […]

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Comparing expired domain drop catching prices

As NameJet hikes prices, here are your options. NameJet announced today that it’s increasing the price of pending delete drop catching, suggesting that the price hike is so it can invest more to improve its success rate. By “pending delete” drops, I mean domain names that go through the full deletion cycle and are picked […]

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Pheenix to offer $13.99 domain name backorders

Already inexpensive drop catching service to offer cut rate pricing as it boosts number of registrars. Expired domain name backordering service Pheenix is offering a new tier of expired domain backorders at just $13.99 per domain. The new “Super Saver” backorders be usurped by any standard Gold backorders. The Gold backorders cost a little bit […]

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