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.