On Tuesday 19th February Netfleet claimed they caught Land.com.au for $42,000. But Afilias or Planet Domains ignored the catch and placed it back into the drops for the following day.
On Wednesday 20th February there were confirmed reports that someone had “locked out” the $50,000 option on Drop.com.au to buy Land.com.au(,) but Netfleet claimed they caught the domain name for $31,000. However, Afilias or Planet Domains AGAIN ignored the catch and placed it back into the drops for the next day…
Today (Thursday 21st) Land.com.au becomes available AGAIN on the Australian domain name drop platform market for the THIRD DAY IN A ROW.
How much will it sell for today?
Is the Australian drop-catching platform broken, and if so, is this all Afilias’ fault?
Let’s see if Land.com.au actually DROPS TODAY and how much it goes for…
In the meantime, as mentioned in our last article, it doesn’t seem fair that the Registrant has owned the domain name for at least 16 years with an EXPIRED ABN, and then very recently CHANGED their ABN to another 16-year-old ACTIVE ABN…. But because there was a “gap” of 87 days between the first ABN expiring, and the second ABN being registered… it has been declared they are not allowed to retain ownership of their domain name.
And this declaration appears to have been made solely at Planet Domain’s discretion, the current Registrar of the domain.
HOW CAN THIS BE RIGHT?
I spoke with an auDA Representative yesterday regarding this, and they stated:
There’s nothing auDA can do. Unless the previous Registrant feels that they’re entitled to the license and contacts us and declares that the situation is unjust, we can’t intervene.
auDA can’t unilaterally start influencing market outcomes.
If the Registrar has made a call on it, and they have done that consistent with policy, until proven otherwise, there’s nothing auDA can do.
The auDA spokesman also stated:
We don’t regulate the drops of the secondary market.
And, we can guarantee you IT’S NOT A POLICY DELETE FROM US.
auDA don’t regulate the drop market in Australia?!
So it’s up to Registrars like Planet Domains and the drop-catching platforms themselves to regulate the dropped-domain market?
Well, guess what.
The Registrar declaring the domain name needs to be dropped in this case happens to be Planet Domains, owned by Arc Group (formally Melbourne IT).
Netfleet is one of only two drop-catchers that can catch this highly sought after and lucrative domain name. And. Guess what? Netfleet are owned by Arc Group too.
This entire Land.com.au fiasco seems to have been initiated by Planet Domains accepting a COMPLAINT made by a “mystery person” or company.
It’s hard to imagine an alternative rational explanation, now that auDA have guaranteed Land.com.au is “NOT a Policy Delete complaint from us”, and assuming Afilias aren’t deliberately or incompetently messing things up on their end, how can we, as rational people, come to any other conclusion?
The biggest question of all still remains…
WHO INITIATED THE COMPLAINT?
We’ve found some ABN LOOKUP factual data that we will now publish, but it’s up to you to come to your own conclusions on exactly who initiated the complaint to Planet Domains, and why Planet Domains have allowed this same ultra-premium domain name to drop for three days in a row.