Recently I wrote an article about what appeared to be an awesome domain sale on the expired auctions. The domain was RPL.com.au – and it sold for $13,158 + GST and fees ($14,474) on the 2nd December 2015. The successful dropcatcher was Netfleet.
However, it looks like the domain has not been paid for as yet. The reason I say this is that I checked the WhoIs again earlier this week, and saw that the email address is still firstname.lastname@example.org. This only happens when the invoice hasn’t been paid.
I’ve been aware of this for a while, and so that’s why I decided to write a story (earlier this week) about this and other domains that don’t get paid for. It is a real quandary for dropcatchers.
A Further Surprise
Given that Netfleet are aware that the domain hasn’t been paid for as yet, I was a bit nonplussed to see the sale appearing on the Top 20 leaderchart at the well-respected DNJournal. Netfleet would have had to supply some sort of evidence in order for DNJournal to publish this, so I’m not sure what’s going on. Maybe it was just an oversight by them?
What Happens Now?
But the bigger picture here is what happens now?
If this sale is not going to be concluded, does the domain get deleted and put back on the expired auctions?
Under current auDA policy, I can’t see any other option for Netfleet given that nearly two months has passed since the original sale.
Hopefully this will be resolved one way or the other very soon. I have a great deal of sympathy for Netfleet in this regard.
Very Positive Footnote!
It was terrific to see the sale of Toys.com.au being reported on DNJournal. Great purchase by a very smart and respected operator.
I’m heading down to Brisbane in the next couple of days, and will have the pleasure of catching up for lunch with Jeff Marr (purchaser of Toys.com.au) – along with the silver-haired fox Don Rankin.
Stay tuned for some hot goss! 🙂