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December 11, 2018 08:38

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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 remains accredited. That’s one registrar, down from a peak of […]

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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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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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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 […]

Read more is having some back-end issues tonight

Domain drop-catching service, Pheenix, appears to be having some issues tonight. Users are reporting loss of availability of the web site, which appears to load slowly. After several tries, the following system error appears: Let’s hope that this glitch at will be resolved soon. Hat tip: Eddie. Copyright DomainGang

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Expired domain names w/ Tan Tran DNW Podcast #125

Understand the current state of the dropcatching market. Tan Tran runs one of the three biggest pending delete drop catching services, Pheenix, as well as expired domain discovery service FreshDrop (enter coupon ‘pheenix’ to get FreshDrop for $8/month). On today’s program, he explains the domain backordering process and why the cost of catching expired domains […]

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Pheenix increases expired domain backorder prices

Price will go up another $10 this month. As the arms race for catching dropping domain names escalates, expired domain catcher Pheenix is raising its prices. The company announced that the price of “gold” .com backorders will increase to $38.99 on January 15. That’s up from $28.99 right now and $21.99 about six months ago. […]

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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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There’s an all out war for dropping domain names

…and it’s expensive. It costs expired domain drop catchers $8.03 for every .com domain name they catch for you. So why are they charging customers so much money? A good place to start is by looking at how much they pay to amass the firepower necessary to be successful drop catchers. When a domain name […]

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Pheenix raises backorder prices, adds .xyz

Prices are still much cheaper than competing services. Expired domain drop catching service Pheenix announced it is increasing prices “Due to price increases by both ICANN and registries.” The move comes days after SnapNames and NameJet both announced price increases. Pheenix will now charge $24.99 (up from $21.99) for regular backorders, which is still much […]

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