Funny business going on at Drop.com.au? – Part I

What you are about to read, in my opinion, is red-handed proof that an Australian domain name drop catching platform has potentially manipulated catching of the premium dropping domain name, Company.com.au(.)

In effect, this has allowed them to use “inside information” to dictate the timing of when and how a domain name “drops” and who it successfully “drops” to, including their friends and business colleagues, which is a clear “conflict of interest”.

In my considered opinion, Drop.com.au deliberately stopped this domain name from dropping on Wednesday for no other reason than to benefit someone they have a commercial relationship with.

And when I sought to raise this with them, and I strongly-advised they “make things right and fix things”, I was instead threatened and then banned from their platform.

Don’t believe me?

Check out these texts from David Warmuz – CEO of Drop / Trellian / Above

In Part 2 of this article tomorrow, we’ll show you exactly how this all went down, with screenshots. We’ll show you “the facts”.

We’ll be asking the following big questions:

1. Have Drop.com.au done this before with any other domains? One that comes to mind that’s currently affected is Land.com.au(.)

2. Are Afilias aware of what’s been going on? Are they aware there may be potential breaches of their Registry agreement?

3. Are auDA aware of what’s been going on? One would think this is a significant breach of their Registrar Agreement and clearly not fair!

4. How did Terrific (as a Registrar) who is NOT a Drop Catcher, and who normally leases their connection to Drop… how did they suddenly manage to win Company.com.au on their own, for $6.50, when they’re up against all of Drop’s and Netfleet’s multiple server connections? (approx. 15+)

7 thoughts on “Funny business going on at Drop.com.au? – Part I

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    May 1, 2019 at 4:40 pm
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    Nikki is awesome. Just saying. 🙂

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      May 3, 2019 at 12:47 pm
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      Thanks Rudy!

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    May 1, 2019 at 5:09 pm
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    Seeing half of the domains that were meant to drop yesterday, drop early, then be removed from the drop list… something weird is going in with the drops!

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  • Scott.L
    May 2, 2019 at 9:38 pm
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    So, Terrific bought this domain for $6.50?

    I recall seeing the final bid at netfleet for $27,777.00 how can they organise it without other drop catchers being involved, they are also competing for it. We’re they all involved, including auDA?

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    May 3, 2019 at 6:32 am
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    No way, this is crazy. Have auDA been told?

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    May 3, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    I’ve spent 1000s at Drop since David and Anthony took over from Dark Blue Sea. Not sure how they can give someone a Registrar to catch a premium name for hand-reg value? Part II please!

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    May 3, 2019 at 6:45 am
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    If true, this is so concerning on many levels. I would like to hear Drop’s explanation.

    From a corporate governance point of view, on the face of it, this looks and smells like classic insider trading. Investigation is definitely merited.

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