Update – July ’21

New Drop Catcher Update

We reached out to Cam from the upcoming new DropCatcher.com.au platform to ask for the latest news and he said he will be emailing an ‘update’ in the next few days.

If you want to receive that update I would suggest you visit the website and sign up!


When Will auDA Perform an auDRP Overview?

The auDRP system is extremely outdated and has not been reviewed in 7 years!

Various law firms are engaging in Reverse Domain Name Hijacking tactics in attempts to try to hijack premium domain names away from domain investors and entrepreneurs, including recently when Affirm INC tried to hijack Affirm.com.au from a veteran domain investor and spectacularly LOST their case and are now known as Reverse Domain Name Hijackers.

Australian law firms are learning the hard way that you can’t effectively try to ‘steal’ premium domain names from domain investors. Domainer will be naming and shaming a bunch of law firms who have engaged in this practice on behalf of their clients and have lost in an upcoming article.

Meanwhile, another auDRP WIPO Complaint has just been made on the highly generic domain name gday.com.au – this case is currently being defended for the Respondent by DBR.com.au and some other very strong domain industry veteran superheroes. Stay tuned!

Until auDA perform an auDRP review, many law firms will continue to think they can just spend a few thousand dollars attacking legitimate domain name owners and trying to steal their domain names with no consequences.


Recent Domain Sales

Australian domain names are selling like hotcakes in the aftermarket, behind closed doors!

Here are some we’ve heard about…

  • Shift.com.au – $46,000 (sold by Activate.com.au) (Added to Domainer Top Sales List!)
  • Assets.com.au (5-figures)
  • Whale.com.au (Private Sale)
  • Billion.com.au (Private Sale)
  • Rotto.com.au (Private Sale)
  • Naughty.com.au (Private Sale)
  • Writers.com.au (Private Sale)
  • DogWalkers.com.au (Private Sale)
  • EcommerceStores.com.au (Private Sale)
  • DayTrading.com.au (Private)
  • Bracelets.com.au (Private Sale)

10 thoughts on “Update – July ’21

  • July 16, 2021 at 10:41 am

    I’d also like to give a shoutout to some hard working people in the industry that I dealt with this week. Angelo, Shorty and Kyle at SynergyWholesale.com(.)

    You blokes are legends and thank you so much for all the help and support I received this week. I’m loving having most of my domain names living at Synergy Wholesale. Keep it up guys!

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    • July 16, 2021 at 2:36 pm

      Don’t shoot the messenger but It is scary a Registrar like Syerney Wholesale / Ventra IP and Angelo is on the auDA Board with obvious powerful biased opinions like this below he and others there have pushed both behind the scenes and publically before.

      Did you want monetisation banned as Angelo said?

      How would that have affected your investments and the rights of advertisers for pay per click and monetisation?

      Did you want domainers and domain name investment to continue to be referred to as squatting as Angelo states?

      How would that have affected the ability toboth buy and sell domain name assets or invest in domain names?

      Have they really changed their anti domainer / anti domain name investment anti domain name monetisation anti squatter opinions ?


      User #294894 2210 posts
      Angelo Giuffrida
      VentraIP Australia
      Service Provider
      reference: whrl.pl/Re3cwO
      posted 2017-Dec-7, 4:36 pm AEST

      Compared to .com, there are plenty of “good” names still available in .au, but the problem is that many of them have been squatted by people trying to profit. Why don’t you go after them too?

      If we want to guarantee that names remain available then we should look to ban monetisation of direct .au for 3-5 years after it officially launches.”

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      • July 18, 2021 at 4:00 pm

        Bleh who cares about direct .au, doomed to fail.

        Amazon.com.au, Seven.com.au, Target.com.au, CarSales.com.au, RealEstate.com.au and every other business that isn’t a try-hard operation or spammer uses .com.au, and they’re not about to do one big switch (inc. new TMs, promotional materials and campaigns) to an unrecognised, dubious and meaningless extension.

        Oh yeah and the comment is now 5 years stale, it wasn’t true in 2017 and is even less so now.

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  • July 16, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    Was that a 9 bagger for the seller of Shift.com.au?

    A policy delete name if memory serves.

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    • July 18, 2021 at 8:48 am

      From memory, yeah Shift dropped about a month back… It’s a legendary sale by Activate. They could have built an array of various businesses on it, but sometimes… an offer is too good to refuse!

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      • July 18, 2021 at 3:48 pm

        I think it’s worth more than $70k myself, but a bird in the hand I guess…

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  • July 18, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Someone is making an auDRP complaint against GDAY.com.au ?


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  • July 19, 2021 at 7:43 am

    This is not comment on gday.com.au referred to above, but simply a general comment:

    Just a suggestion Rob, we have DomainThieves.com.au to catalogue some of the cases where panels have been able to identify reverse hijacking, but it really doesn’t give incompetent lawyers their day in the sun where:

    their clients lost; and
    they ought to have known better; and
    arriving at such a finding (of reverse hijacking) was further than the panel wanted to go

    I propose you hand register and develop AmateurHour.com.au, so that other sooky-la-las will know who not to hire and what not to do.

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  • July 30, 2021 at 8:19 am

    One of my domains was attacked by a reverse hijacking. These pricks were so far up themselves by what they said in their emails it was laughable. They failed miserably but cost me $$$ in legals. They could of had it for $5k but after they lost offered me $20k. I told them to go farkkk themselves !

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    • July 30, 2021 at 12:46 pm

      Ha. I’ve turned down about a dozen $10-20k offers on different names over 3 years. And that’s without aggravation.

      Some people are just plain stupid, scientists have also found a strong correlation between corporate suits and stupidity.

      Have advised a number of SMEs over the years and the advice today is simple:

      Pretty much anything worth having has already been taken for 15 years by now.

      Domain owners have usually had 6-12 EOIs in a good name if it’s not listed for sale, and even more if it is.

      To distinguish yourself as a buyer and prove that you’re not like every other enquirer, you need to start at $30k+.

      Laughable that post-hijacking someone would offer $20k. Missing another 0!

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