I’m the only person in the world banned from buying Australian domain names that are dropping.

It’s been 85 days since I was banned from the one and only Australian domain name auction platform in the world. As far as I know, I’m the only person who’s ever been banned and I remain banned to this day.

How many dropping domain names have I missed buying for my own businesses and my clients during this time?

The tally is building.

What was my reason for getting banned?

I mentioned the sale price of a couple of premium domain names that were purchased on the drop auctions.

That’s it.

As they would say in that famous Seinfeld episode, “No soup for you!”.

As many or our regular readers know, there’s currently only one Australian domain name drop auction platform, Drop.com.au(.) They currently hold a monopoly over the supply of premium daily dropping domain names, and in my opinion, I believe they’re forced unfair terms and conditions on me and every other Australian domain investor and entrepreneur, when they recently announced a new policy that stated, “It is strictly prohibited to disclose any prices” from their platform.

As mentioned in my previous article, I didn’t want to obey this new rule at the time and wasn’t given any choice in the matter, so I didn’t obey it.

And let’s not get lost here… Of course domain investors and entrepreneurs don’t want ‘wholesale’ prices being talked about. I don’t either! That’s not what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about being muzzled from publicly speaking about $5000 and above domain names sales, $10,000 and $50,000 sales, which we should all be allowed to freely discuss.

You have to wonder why a drop catcher with a monopoly over an entire country’s daily domain name auctions would create and enforce this kind of rule?

I’ll tell you one thing. It’s times like these you figure out who your real friends and business colleagues are, so thank you to those who have reached out and let me know how they feel about this situation.

I reported my situation to auDA (.au Domain Administration), but all they could recommend for me to do was to “escalate” my complaint to the appropriate authorities.

So, I now have no choice but to do that.

I was a customer of this one-and-only drop-platform for many years and housed hundreds of legitimately owned domain names with them. I paid ten’s of thousands of dollars to them over the years as one of their ‘top’ clients. Last year, they even sent me a bottle of ‘drop’ branded red wine, which they only sent to their ‘top’ clients.

Yet, here we are.

What’s clear is they couldn’t care less about me and just dropped me like a hot potato.

All because I spoke up about their “new policy” that I wouldn’t obey. All because I believe their new rule was created out of thin air, out of the blue, to serve their own interests. A rule that I, and many others, think is silly and unfair.

As Australia’s one and only current drop auction, Drop.com.au have until this Friday to reinstate my ability to place bids or I’m going to be taking auDA’s advice and escalating my complaint. Drop.com.au have been formally given notice of my intentions and I hope they choose to do the right thing.

Meanwhile… we all continue to wait for auDA to approve a new Registrar who has shown interest in becoming the much-needed second Drop Catcher.

Domainer plans to reach out to auDA and DropCatcher.com.au over the coming week for updates on how this is progressing.

Story developing…

12 thoughts on “I’m the only person in the world banned from buying Australian domain names that are dropping.

  • August 16, 2021 at 10:53 am
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    $5,000 and $10,000 ARE wholesale prices Rob, and in many cases $50,000 is wholesale as well.

    But I agree with you, it is better to try and publish sales. Looking forward to your next snippets article on sales that you have heard about or been involved with.

    I wouldn’t hold your breath for another drop catcher.

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    • August 16, 2021 at 10:55 am
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      Good point about wholesale prices. I hope you’re wrong about another drop catcher though. It couldn’t be more obvious how quickly we need another one. Actually, another 2 would be much better!

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  • August 16, 2021 at 11:12 am
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    Alex, do you have insider knowledge that auDA don’t want another drop catcher? If so what is their reasoning?

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  • August 16, 2021 at 3:43 pm
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    Rob, I feel for you mate. I hope they see this is silly and re-instate your account.

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  • August 16, 2021 at 5:16 pm
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    I have a solution. It acknowledges that Rob broke the rules, but rewards positive contribution to Drop’s goal of publishing end user sales.

    Rob should be allowed back when he achieves either of these outcomes:
    (a) Publishes a 6 figure sale of $200,000 or more that he has been involved with (not published to date); or
    (b) Publishes 5 x five figure sales of $50,000 or more that he has been involved with (not published to date).

    A life sentence for a victimless offence against an arbiter isn’t fair by anyone’s standards. Drop.com.au, listen up and let’s make some lemonade here.

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    • August 16, 2021 at 6:48 pm
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      Keep the solutions coming, Alex. But know that I don’t think I broke any rules, as I stated publicly at the time that I didn’t agree with the new terms. And they kept allowing me to bid for domains.

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      • August 16, 2021 at 7:19 pm
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        Anthony, there is not going to be any backing down from Rob. Don’t make it a he said she said. Time to let Rob back, you’re missing out on $10k+ per month without him.

        Rob, cool ya jets buddy & no more whinging about things you don’t like. This industry doesn’t need a Karen always asking to speak to the manager.

        The solution I’ve proposed above is fair. Anthony, it will allow you to maintain your position and deter others from breaking the rules.

        Anthony, without prejudice to Drop’s position on things, please reply to this comment if you agree Rob can come back after achieving one of the 2 outcomes above.

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  • August 16, 2021 at 9:08 pm
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    Let’s not forget this isn’t the first time David Warmuz has banned me from Drop.com.au(.) The first time was when I caught Anthony Peake RED-HANDED manipulating the Company.com.au domain name back in May 2019. There are many examples of these guys manipulating the drop auctions and domain purchases in an anti-competitive fashion and they’re all about to come out in broad daylight again. Here’s the article from back then – https://domainer.com.au/drop-com-au-names-for-mates/

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  • August 17, 2021 at 5:30 am
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    Hahahaha world in turmoil, people in lockdowns and we’re all supposed to care about a farcical spat between 2 belligerent parties…

    Start your own drop catcher if you care so much or buy on the aftermarket.

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    • August 17, 2021 at 5:33 am
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      You make a good point, Travis. This issue pales in comparison to what’s really going on out there. But still, am I just supposed to take this unfair treatment in the meantime?

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  • August 17, 2021 at 3:11 pm
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    In my opinion, we definitely require more than 1 drop catcher in the domain space.

    I have been a client of Drop for about the past 12 years and how they were set up back in the early days was much more transparent and fair for everyone in my opinion.

    It was great having competition too and some domains would be won by Netfleet, some by Drop and some by the one or two other players at the time.

    Only having the one player in the game stacks the deck completely on their side.

    Here is the definition of a Monopoly from the Cambridge dictionary – (an organization or group that has) complete control of something, especially an area of business, so that others have no share:

    Hmmmm, this sounds like what is going on here in my opinion.

    All I want, is some competition to even out the playing field and bring back transparency to the industry.

    I really look forward to DropCatcher.com.au getting up and running, it is just what this industry needs.

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