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How Can ENOM Charge Me $3K A Year For A “Premium” .TV That Would Sell For A $435 One Time Payment?

March 31st, 2010 Comments off

Out of the “landrush” of .TV domains a couple of weeks ago one of the biggest remaining issue is the disparity of those “premium” .TV domains registered before Enom lost its exclusive rights with Verisign, the .TV registry, to sell .TV domains, compared to all those domains sold after March 18, 2010.

I have one such of these domains, Great.TV

I have had that domain for several years paying $3K PER year for the rights to own the domain.

A quick e-mail to Enom confirmed what others were already saying on NamePros.

If you have the misfortune of having one of these Pre-landrush (March 18th 2010) domains, you will have to keep paying the annual premium fee to retain your domain.

If you fail to pay the renewal fee, the domain will drop and become available to anyone else.

However, and here’s the kicker, it seems the new owner won’t have to pay the annual outrageous renewal fees you’re paying.

Instead the domain, will be available in most cases for a one time payment, similar to what we saw two weeks ago.

So what would great.tv sell for if I let it drop and it became available for re-registration?

According to Name.com $435.

Right a one time payment of $435 would get you the domain Great.tv which I’m paying $3K per year to own.

After the one time payment of $435,  it would then be subject to a normal renewal fee around $20 a year.

So how can Enom charge me $3K to renew a domain that would SELL for a $425 one time payment to someone else?

No logical reason.

It can’t be justified.

Nothing that would stand up in court.

Yet they are dead set on taking this impossible position.

For me its only one domain.

Other domainers  have 5, 10, 20 or hundreds of previously “premium” domains they have invested thousands, ten’s of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in, only to see equally or better domains go from a previous $50K per year renewal fees to a $1,500 one time payment.

Its great if you made the $1,500 one time payment to get the domain on or after March 18th, but if you spent a LOT of money renewing these “Premium” domains, year after year, before that date, only to realize if you let them drop they would be available to be purchased by someone else for a one time payment, of just a small percent of what you have been paying as an annual renewal fee,  you have to appreciate it would piss you off.

Big time.

How about the poor guy who owns porn.tv.?

If he dropped the domain it would become available for re-registration.

What would the cost be?

$1,158

A one time payment of $1,158 would buy the domain porn.tv.

What do you think that guy has invested in annual renewal costs since 2000 when it was first registered?

Must make the owner of that domain extremely unhappy

Can anyone say class action?

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Escrow.com Recognized As Best Domain Name Transaction Escrow Service

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Press Release The premier online escrow company chosen as the best escrow service for domain purchases, according to a recent DomainNameWire survey. March 31, 2010 – Escrow.com, the leader in secure internet settlement services, has been selected as the leading service for domain name transactions in Domain Name Wire’s 5th annual survey of over 500 domain name [...]

Digital Marketers Says Domain Names Are a Key Factor in Successful Marketing Campaigns

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A vast majority of respondents in a new Sedo survey of digital marketers said owning the right domain name is a key factor in successful marketing campaigns. Plus, the Yahoo Publisher Network decides to call it quits.
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Digital Marketers Says Domain Names Are a Key Factor in Successful Marketing Campaigns

March 31st, 2010 Comments off
A vast majority of respondents in a new Sedo survey of digital marketers said owning the right domain name is a key factor in successful marketing campaigns. Plus, the Yahoo Publisher Network decides to call it quits.
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Digital Marketers Says Domain Names Are a Key Factor in Successful Marketing Campaigns

March 31st, 2010 Comments off
A vast majority of respondents in a new Sedo survey of digital marketers said owning the right domain name is a key factor in successful marketing campaigns. Plus, the Yahoo Publisher Network decides to call it quits.
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2nd Highest .Com Sale Reported Year To Date Tops New Weekly Chart at DNJournal.com

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The 2nd best .com domain sale reported so far this year gave Sedo the top spot on DN Journal's new Top 20 Sales Chart. This sale ranks #4 overall on the YTD List because a .org and a ccTLD still rank as the two highest sales reported in 2010, Six ccTLDs made the new all extension leader board along with a pair of .orgs.
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2nd Highest .Com Sale Reported Year To Date Tops New Weekly Chart at DNJournal.com

March 31st, 2010 Comments off
The 2nd best .com domain sale reported so far this year gave Sedo the top spot on DN Journal's new Top 20 Sales Chart. This sale ranks #4 overall on the YTD List because a .org and a ccTLD still rank as the two highest sales reported in 2010, Six ccTLDs made the new all extension leader board along with a pair of .orgs.
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2nd Highest .Com Sale Reported Year To Date Tops New Weekly Chart at DNJournal.com

March 31st, 2010 Comments off
The 2nd best .com domain sale reported so far this year gave Sedo the top spot on DN Journal's new Top 20 Sales Chart. This sale ranks #4 overall on the YTD List because a .org and a ccTLD still rank as the two highest sales reported in 2010, Six ccTLDs made the new all extension leader board along with a pair of .orgs.
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Last Chance To Win $500 From Name.com – Enter Now!

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First things first, let me announce the final $50 weekly winner. Our fifth weekly winner is R. Bagshaw. Mr. Bagshaw has already been notified and the $50 credit applied to his Name.com account. Ok, today is the LAST CHANCE you have to enter for the Name.com grand prize of a $500 account credit. All you have [...]

The .CO Domain Registry Announces Unprecedented Rights Protections for Brand Owners on Eve of .CO Sunrise

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Today, The .CO Domain Registry Announces Unprecedented Rights Protections for Brand Owners on Eve of .CO Sunrise. Considering the possible implications of typo squatting on this TLD I think they are taking a lot of good steps to avoid such problems.

Safeguards in Place to Protect Rights of Trademark Owners and Ensure Integrity of .CO Domain

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- In an open letter to brand owners, .CO Internet S.A.S. (www.COinternet.co), the new registry operator for the .CO top-level domain, today announced its plan to ensure that the rights of brand owners will be respected and protected in connection with the launch of the .CO domain. The full letter to brand owners can be found at www.cointernet.co/domain/launch/global-sunrise/.

Guided by internationally recognized best practices, and in consultation with the leading global firms of Deloitte and Laga, .CO will be a pioneer in the domain industry by implementing many of the Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) proposed by ICANN’s Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT) to safeguard the rights of brand owners around the world. This includes, among other things, implementing a carefully structured Sunrise process, commencing in April, where owners of eligible registered trademarks will have the chance to register corresponding domain names before the registry opens to the general public.

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