Drop Catching

  • 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…

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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…

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  • One company now owns almost a third of all registrars

    … by a number from 446 to 751. Each has a matching .com domain as its nominal base of operations and an associated LLC shell company. At $4,000 a year for the base accreditation fee, TurnCommerce must be spending close to $2 million a year in ICANN fees alone. Companies in the drop-catching business acquire large numbers of registrars in order to control…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 6 readers -