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.
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.