Some people think that just because they let .co.uk registrants chose whether or not they want the .uk version before selling it to someone else, their approach is fair.
Sorry but in my opinion, it’s anything but fair.
Let me explain why.
If you only own one .co.uk domain or a couple, you probably don’t care all that much.
In fact, the cost of buying and keeping the .uk as well is negligible.
But what about those who own let’s say 1,000 .co.uk domains or more, for example, shouldn’t Nominet have tried to see things from their perspective as well?
In their case, not only would they have to buy 1,000 more domains, they’d also have to renew them each and every year.
I’m sorry but this is anything but fair.
What they should have done is this: let current domain holders obtain *and* keep the .uk domain as well at no additional cost.
No initial registration cost, no renewal cost.
That would have been the fair thing to do.
And from now on sure, people would be able to choose either .co.uk or .uk for their new registrations. That way, they’d make money without affecting portfolio holders.
But by making current .co.uk portfolio holders pay, they’re basically being unfair towards exactly the people who helped them the most.
They renewed thousands of .co.uk domains each and every year and instead of a “thank you for your business” card, they get the privilege of paying twice as much to renew their portfolio each and every year.
I’m sorry but this isn’t a proper way to do business, it just isn’t.