What’s taking auDA so long to approve the new Drop Catcher?

What’s taking auDA so long to approve the new DropCatcher.com.au platform as a Registrar?

DropCatcher.com.au can’t catch daily dropping domain names for you until they’ve become an auDA accredited registrar.

Meanwhile, a domain investor pointed out to us today that the owners of Drop.com.au bought an old 90’s style domain name forum with 8 regular users. This happened about a month ago apparently? They then asked auDA to approve them as a Registrar and auDA seems to have approved them in about 7 days.

Fast turnaround anyone?

The owners of the new outdated forum also thanked auDA by stating, “Thank you for the super fast turn around!“.

This is all while the new upcoming Drop Catcher has received hundreds of people wishing to sign up and support it, but auDA have been dragging their feet for months in approving their Registrar status.

It’s been clear for many months that the Australian domain name industry needs a competitor drop catcher so there isn’t a monopoly over the daily domain name drop auctions.

According to auDA’s own Registrar Agreement, aren’t they supposed to “not reasonably restrain competition”?

With Cam Bell’s 17 YEARS OF AUSTRALIAN DOMAIN NAME EXPERIENCE, looking to launch the new DropCatcher.com.au platform for the last few months, this doesn’t seem to make much sense?

Is this another case of; It’s not what you know, it’s who you know?

8 thoughts on “What’s taking auDA so long to approve the new Drop Catcher?

  • June 30, 2021 at 11:37 am

    Clearly, you’re not paying enough money to the right people. Just up your ‘donations’. 🙂

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    • June 30, 2021 at 12:39 pm

      I’m not suggesting that’s happening, but it sure is frustrating being banned from the one and only monopoly drop catcher, as auDA drag their feet approving a competitor…

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  • June 30, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    I seriously doubt they think a marketplace on dntrade is worth anything or will go anywhere. But extra Registrar connections maybe?

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    • June 30, 2021 at 1:23 pm

      Registrars can just purchase extra connections.

      auDA are now advertising for a registry liason officer and compliance team leader to check registrar compliance. This suggests to me that they didn’t have them before.

      One of the requirements of being a registrar is to be GST registered. Drop.com.au Pty Ltd hasn’t been registered for GST since 2017. The same as Yexa.

      Technically netalliance just changed their name to dntrade. If they did then why hasn’t auda informed the public of this.

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  • June 30, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    I can’t comment on the specifics of my ongoing application with auDA but it has certainly been quite a challenge working with/at them. Starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel now.

    As for Dntrade. It’s an interesting purchase, I think Burtie’s on the right track. Can’t even pretend you bought it for “the database” this time.

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  • July 1, 2021 at 5:53 am

    There are a lot of hoops to jump through.

    I imagine it would be easier for Trellian to get approval because it already has compliance systems in place.

    Is it worth it is the question?

    (1) Anthony created DomainWatch and this beat Enetica’s DomainSentry and Melbourne IT’s private service every time.

    (2) Anthony went to Domain8/Drop, it became the most effective drop catcher.

    (3) Anthony went to Netfleet, and it became the most effective drop catcher.

    (4) Anthony created DomainShield, and it became the most effective drop catcher.

    (5) Trellian (Drop) bought DomainShield and Drop once more became the most effective drop catcher.

    It’s not about having connections, it’s about having Anthony.

    Melbourne IT couldn’t even afford to keep Nikki running Netfleet full time in the long run because Netfleet wasn’t winning names on the drops.

    In my opinion, any new drop catcher is going to need to be very lean in its operations and will need to find a way to win names that DomainWatch, Drop and Netfleet could not find when each of these did not have Anthony.

    All in my honest opinion.

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  • July 1, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    I quite like Drop.com.au.
    But having said that, it is frustrating to see that we have a “Monopoly” in this day and age with Drop.com.au being the only Player in the Expiring domain drop-catching space.
    AUDA should definitely encourage a Healthy competitive Marketplace.

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