I’ve been banned by Drop.com.au

Drop.com.au have just banned me from bidding on their platform (the one and only AU domain auction platform) within minutes of me posting my previous article, a May 2021 Update on the Australian domain industry.

I make a living out of investing in domain names for myself and my clients, and Drop.com.au is the ONLY current Australian domain name auction platform approved by auDA.

This is a screenshot of what happens when I try to log in at the moment:

It appears they have “banned” me because I posted this factual community news statement on my previous article;

“In the meantime, it looks like Drop.com.au are kicking goals as the lone domain name auction platform selling some big domains on the drops recently, including Delivery.com.au yesterday for at least 5-figures.”

They recently bought in a disclaimer a few weeks ago that stated, “It is strictly prohibited to disclose any prices” from their platform.

I publicly stated in another of my previous articles that I wasn’t going to obey these crazy rules. Because it would be like eBay saying you can’t talk about how much you paid for something on their public auction platform. It doesn’t make sense.

Today, I’ve been banned for simply talking about domain name sales prices.

This is how Drop.com.au treat one of their biggest customers. I have over 500 domain names with them at the moment. And it’s not the first time I’ve been banned either.

The first time I was banned by Drop.com.au was when I called out their blatant manipulation of the premium company.com.au domain name, which saw them effectively hand one of their “business mates” this domain name for next to nothing. Over and above their own clients, who had publicly bid tens of thousands of dollars for it. Full story here.

There’s also story after story coming out about David Warmuz (owner of Drop.com.au) buying domain names effectively for himself under the name ‘Guzzini‘, above the needs of his clients. [auDA Registrar Insider Trading].

Tomorrow, I will be exploring my options, first with auDA, and then with others, in regards to what damage Drop.com.au are about to do to my business.

18 thoughts on “I’ve been banned by Drop.com.au

  • May 24, 2021 at 10:07 pm
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    Is this really happening in Australia? Hey DROP-kicks are you enjoying your fascist power?

    Perhaps the folks at ABC’s 4Corners would be interested in this sorry state of affairs? Or does DROP have mates there as well as in auDA?

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    • May 25, 2021 at 8:09 am
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      I’m not sure who you are John Lennon, but I like your passion. It really is crazy the way they muscled in and became the one and only Australian domain name catcher. And now they’re just bringing down the sword whenever they feel like it.

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    • May 25, 2021 at 2:11 pm
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      Did he happen to post other peoples purchases?

      Terms: It is strictly prohibited to disclose other parties prices or screen shots that shows pricing of other parties domains, without the prior written consent of Drop.com.au. Breaches of this policy will result in user bans or reverting back to pricing being hidden.

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      • May 25, 2021 at 2:33 pm
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        Hi “Barry”, how’s “Charlie” going?

        That’s right. I’m posting daily sales now that I’m banned. I don’t obey crazy dictatorship rules. We’re in the domain name industry, and we can talk about domain names and pricing as much as we want.

        I’m banned for discussing public domain name news.

        It’s my second ban.

        Last time I was banned for exposing ‘names for mates’ by Drop.com.au

        Each ban gets sillier.

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  • May 24, 2021 at 10:25 pm
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    Unconscionable conduct?
    https://www.accc.gov.au/business/anti-competitive-behaviour/unconscionable-conduct

    The responsibilities for regulation of monopolies and primary/secondary market structure and behaviour fall to auDA and/or ACCC.

    Under the Terms of Endorsement by the Federal Government, a ‘Core function’ of auDA is to “promote principles of competition, fair trading and consumer protection”. Clearly these Terms place obligations on auDA. ACCC has responsibilities for economic regulation under competition and consumer law.

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  • May 25, 2021 at 6:55 am
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    I’ve liked Drop over the years but this is not right.

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    • May 25, 2021 at 7:55 am
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      Sorry to hear this Rob.

      That is reprehensible behavior by Drop and more evidence of their monopoly and the stranglehold they have on the domain industry at the moment.

      I have been a client of theirs since they started and this is very disappointing seeing them cut off their nose to spite their face! Bad business practice in my opinion.

      The sooner DropCatcher.com.au gets up and running, the better it will be for the Australian domain industry.

      “Be careful of the toes you step on today, as they may be connected to the foot that kicks you in the ass tomorrow.”

      auDA & ACCC need to look into this ASAP.

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  • May 25, 2021 at 7:12 am
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    This sure seems like a petty and classless move. Stifling the community which you operate in is counterproductive to a thriving ecosystem.

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    • May 25, 2021 at 8:35 am
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      Thanks Luke. It’s crazy that we can’t talk about domain name sales.

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  • May 25, 2021 at 7:22 am
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    Drop are very good at gaming the system.
    auDA are very bad at regulating the system.

    Drop should be held accountable by auDA
    auDA was held accountable by Members but there are none any more.

    This is what happens when there is no transparency
    .au is for the benefit of the Australian community not auDA.

    This is why there used to be demand class representatives on the board.
    Now the only representative is the CEO of a registrar.

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  • May 25, 2021 at 8:47 am
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    I know many people who are moving all their domain names away from Drop.com.au(.) Including some big players with hundreds of domains with them. I am in the process of doing that too.

    The problem is, Uniregistry have just stopped allowing new registrations of .com.au domain names on their platform, due to the new auDA Policy framework. They used to be good, but I’m going to move everything away from them now too. This only happened with UniRegistry yesterday.

    Synergy Wholesale are still good… The platform is a bit clunky but I may have to go there for now.

    I’m keeping an ear out for a new alternative option to house my domains…

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  • May 25, 2021 at 9:18 am
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    Greetings from a very cold Queenstown, NZ.

    When I read this article, I couldn’t believe that Drop would ban you over as something as innocuous as this. I mean it’s not as if you posted an actual sales result! You actually praised them e.g. “kicking goals”.

    So I am both gobsmacked and disappointed.

    That said, David Warmuz is a smart operator – I hope he reconsiders your ban.

  • May 25, 2021 at 9:38 am
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    I think this is something the ACCC needs to be notified of, particularly with their growing interest in tech sector anti-competitive practises.
    If Drop.com.au are shown to be gaming the system and manipulating outcomes to the commercial disadvantage of their clients, they could be open to prosecution.

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  • May 25, 2021 at 12:38 pm
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    I heard that Realtors.com.au sold today on the drops for $5000! A great brand for a Realtor or even a directory of Real Estate agents! Great wholesale price.

    Oh, whoops.

    The first rule of Drop.com.au is…

    Hey, just a thought… Imagine if NameBio.com stopped publicly displaying the international daily drop prices? Imagine if GoDaddy or DropCatch said to them, “we will ban you silly NameBio if you display our Drop Pricing!!”.

    Also, I wonder what will happen if the new Australian DropCatcher.com.au team allow their prices to be publicly displayed?

    Maybe the monopoly, dark curtains and dictatorship in this current drop catching climate will end at that point?

    Maybe that’s why I own Maybe.com.au …

    Imagine a world…

    Maybe.

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  • May 27, 2021 at 12:54 pm
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    This is pretty wild, anti-consumer behaviour which again begs the question, why are they so desperate to hide how much money they’re making? Is it that there’s more money in drop catching than they want you to believe?

    Charlie is conspicuously absent in this comment section.

    I can promise you that when DropCatcher.com.au goes live, we will never hide bids. I believe that an open and transparent market is a healthy market.

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    • May 27, 2021 at 2:08 pm
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      I rang Anthony Peake today on the phone. He told me I am banned forever on Drop.com.au and “it’s not going to happen”. I was quite shocked at his attitude and the way he spoke to me and it is definitely the end of any sort of relationship. I have been a loyal Drop.com.au customer for many years and have given them tens of thousands of dollars. I’ve helped them promote premium domains that were dropping over the years. Domainer clearly influenced them to become more ‘transparent’. Sadly, they’ve taken their new monopoly power to their heads and I’m now left with no choice but to start moving all my domains away from them.

      The reason they don’t want anyone talking about domain names dropping on their platform will come out over the following weeks.

      I don’t care how long DropCatcher.com.au takes to come out, please don’t rush it Cam, but know that you can count on me being the first customer when it’s ready.

      Domainer will continue to report decent “dropped” domain name sales as we go along, and hopes to form a strong relationship with any new drop catching platform that launches this year.

      I would even hope a third drop catcher comes along at some point, but for now all I can do is count down the days until DropCatcher.com.au is ready.

      DBR will continue to help clients catch their domain names through the Drop.com.au system, using their own accounts, until a competitor is ready.

      Everything Domainer does is for the greater good of the domain investor and Australian entrepreneur community, and we will keep doing what we do.

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