I know I haven't bought a new domain in about a year but what's up with the $1k "Premium Domains"? It used to be you could search a name or keyword and next thing you know there was a $7 ".org" or something, but now my usual registrars are pushing PREMIUMS?
Did I miss something? When did all this happen?
Is there a way to find decent cheap domain names somewhere or is it all a gamble now?
Since many people - domainers, developers "with plans", people with an idea but no plan - have been speculatively registering domains for more than a decade I would say that you have to work harder than ever.
C'est la vie. Hindsight is easier than foresight for us mere mortals.