"Donuts" is one of the biggest players in the new gTLD landscape. Donuts COO, Richard Tindal, was interviewed about the registry's pricing plans.[domainincite.com ]
COO Richard Tindal told DI last night that each of its upcoming registries could have “two, three, four, five, six — it varies — levels of buy-it-now pricing”.
Let’s take .clothing, that’s coming out at the moment.
There’ll be a small — very small — number of reserved names for which we may do an auction later
The vast, vast majority of the names are first-come-first-served buy-it-now — but within Donuts TLDs, at more than one price within a TLD.
So in .clothing the standard names will be one price, then there’ll be another group of names that are premium for a higher price, and another group of names that are higher still that are premiums as well, and potentially even another group.
New gTLD applications = more FAR money into ICANN's coffers = more hiring and jobs for friends and family to administer name space + more travel to more conferences around the world to deal with new gTLDs + more consulting fees and future job possibilities as consultants or staff of new entities to deal with HUGE SPAWN of gTLDs. The possibilities are as endless as are the new gTLDs.
Consumers? Hmmmm . . I guess they can elect to not bite. I plan to sit on the sidelines.
AFAIC, the new gTLDs should come with a warning: "For entertainment purposes only."