To quote a great philosopher, it's Deja Vue all over again. There was an artificial drought created in the domain name business between 2005 and 2010. It was caused by Domain Tasters hoovering up all the good domains from the daily drops. It basically created the "all the good domains are gone" situation. But the problem was that it also created a monster beyond ICANN's grasp - that of the ccTLDs. The growth of the ccTLDs in this period was massive. Now when ICANN was shamed into doing something about the Domain Tasting problem, the problem disappeared. Many of the new gTLDs would have had their genesis in this artificial drought. But they are, for the most part, trying to solve a problem that has already been solved. But more importantly, the market has changed.
The Nixon presidential campaign quote springs to mind but some of them were in the business of selling used domains. :) Now I have to figure out if I should develop a good new gTLD orientated domain name or sell it.