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"Premium Domain Names" #*$!

     
2:01 am on Dec 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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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?

6:42 pm on Dec 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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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.

12:45 am on Dec 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Those are re-sales you are seeing listed as "Premium". They are registered by 3rd parties and the registrar is offering them (for a cut) for sale.

You can still get $7 names, as long as they are not registered already. ;-)