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  • CentralNic spends $3.3 million on .com portfolios

    … were acquired “at an attractive discount to current market rates”. The deals mean London-listed CentralNic might be able to continue to prop up its recurring revenue (registry/registrar) numbers through the sale of premium names, something it still needs to do if it wants to show investors a pleasing growth curve. That’s assuming it can sell the names at a profit, of course. Some call this the premium domain “hamster wheel”. Tweet Tagged: .com, centralnic, premiums …

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  • CentralNic and .CLUB reveal premium sales

    … CentralNic and .CLUB Domains have both revealed sales of premium domain names over the last several days. CentralNic said yesterday that it has sold “a number” of premiums for $3.4 million. The names are believed to be from its own portfolio, rather than registry-reserved names in any of the TLDs it manages. The company did not disclose…

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  • ZACR to delete 12,000 .za domains next week

    … South African ccTLD registry ZACR is to delete more than 12,000 domains, many of them English dictionary words, ending in .org.za next week. That’s more than a third of the current count of .org.za domains, which stands at about 33,000 today. The list includes many English dictionary-word domains very possibly worth more than the standard…

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  • .club premium sales approaching $5 million

    … .CLUB Domains sold half a million dollars worth of reserved premium names in the first quarter, bringing its cumulative to-date total to almost $5 million, the registry reported at the weekend. Q1 sales were $505,139, the company said, bringing its total since launch to $4,844,428. There were 475 premium sales in total, sold via auctions…

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  • Schilling: big price increases needed to keep new gTLDs alive

    … Uniregistry is to massively increase the price of some of its under-performing new gTLDs in an effort to keep them afloat. Sixteen TLDs from the company’s portfolio of 27 will see price increases of up to 3,000% starting September 8, CEO Frank Schilling confirmed to DI today. “We need more revenue from these strings, especially the low volume…

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  • Now MMX kills off premium renewals

    …. The reduced pricing will make the domains more attractive to domainers and end users alike, but I suspect the former will be more likely to exploit the new deal at first. It’s the second new gTLD registry, after Rightside, to announce such a move this month. Rightside said it was abolishing premium renewals on its expensive Platinum-level domains, though they will remain on more modestly priced premiums. Tweet Tagged: Minds + Machines, mmx, premiums, rightside …

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  • DropCatch spends millions to buy FIVE HUNDRED more registrars

    … evenly between all registrars (with some exceptions I don’t think apply to DropCatch), I believe the addition of 500 new registrars means all the other registrars will be paying less in variable fees. There’s clearly money to be made in expiring names. Tweet Tagged: accreditation, auctions, drop catching, dropcatch.com, ICANN, namebright, premiums, turncommerce …

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  • Famous Four VP goes solo, claims $400,000 sale

    … Former Famous Four Media VP of sales Richard Downs has launched a new consultancy business aimed at new gTLD registry operators. The new company, GTLD Systems is offering a multitude of services but is mainly a way for smaller registries to outsource their sales and marketing operations. Downs told DI an early success was a recent $400,000…

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  • Uniregistry to release 10 million domains on October 4

    … are unblocking and deleting 10 million domain names and making them available for registration through more than 200 registrars,” he said. “Almost all will be standard reg [fee],” he said, when asked about pricing. Others will carry premium fees. A web site publishing lists of newly released names will go live in about a week, he said. DNW has…

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  • Priced to sell: $46m of two-letter .xxx names

    … ICM Registry has added over 1,200 two-character .xxx names to its catalog of priced premiums. With prices ranging from $100,000 to $37,500, the newly offered domains carry a total ticket price of over $46 million. The only six-figure name on the list is vr.xxx. ICM said in a press release today it has already sold vr.porn and vr.sex…

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