Is it true that registries are holding back a lot of their best domains?
Is it true that high registration and renewal fees have historically proven to be problematic for domainers?
So, should domainers be upset? Perhaps even angry?
In my opinion no and I will try to explain why.
First of all, I’d like to start with a question: what are registries?
Well, they’re companies. Businesses.
What’s the purpose of a business?
Making money. As much money as possible, in fact.
It’s not being fair towards domainers, it’s not being fair towards end users either. The people behind any business are responsible for figuring out how to make as much money as possible for the owners/shareholders of that business.
To do that, they have to make decisions.
How should they price domains? Should they hang on to the best ones in order to auction them? Or perhaps in order to give them to developers? These are just three examples of decisions the people behind new gTLDs have to make.
We as domainers have to be pragmatic.
In fact, I’d say it all boils down to asking ourselves one simple question:
Are our interests aligned?
As a domainer, you shouldn’t waste time judging the fairness of an approach. Nor should you waste time thinking about whether or not the approach a certain registry has chosen will prove to be the right one. It’s their business and they’re free to run it as they see fit.
As a domainer, your role is simple: letting your wallet do all of the talking.
If you think that a certain new gTLD domain offered by Registry X represents a better deal than the other domains you could buy at that point in time, go for it. If not, keep your money.
That’s what it ultimately all boils down to.
Money talks, everything else is just irrelevant background noise