Brett, I also registered new.net domains ..around 30.
They are a scam in my book because they claim you can be whatever.shop, whatever.inc , whatever.sport etc...
When in reality ..you cannot be ..NO SEARCH engines will accept new.net domains UNLESS you add the full extension (even pay SE's !)
We were told over and over again that they were working on "it" but they never were able to get any search engines to list them..
so in reality all were were really registering were in fact sub-domains that would be SEEN by everyone using ANY search engine as sub-domains.
I was a large supporter of new.net and also re-sold a handful during the intitial "excitement"..but as time went by it became clear that new.net domains would never (forsee able future) be listed in any major SE as anything other than a sub-domain..
I have let rest of them expire ..I did not even want to sell them..
The other problems continue:email and no decent proxy support , and company still refuses to say how many domains were even registered ..a bad sign from the git go IMO.
That said ..New.Net did help ignite a fire under ICANN's rear
In wish it had turned out different for them..