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    Verisign/NSI Verisign auctioning domains on eBay
    posted by michael on Thursday March 28 2002, @02:22AM

    Undecided writes "I do dumb things when I have insomnia, like troll ebay to laugh at losers trying to sell stupid domains for thousands of dollars. Wednsday night, I found a big-league loser: VeriSign is auctioning off .bz domains. Or rather, they're trying to..."

    ...but nobody's bid on them yet. Is Verisign trying to make up for a bad investment in a bad ccTLD, and/or is this a test for future programs? Would ICANN's contracts even allow for this sort of thing for gTLDs?

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    Re: Verisign auctioning domains on eBay
    by Grumpy on Thursday March 28 2002, @03:57AM (#5609)
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    Curiouser and curiouser... it looks like all the generic .BZ names are owned by eNic Corp. - operator of the .CC registry that, not coincidentally, was acquired by Verisign last December.

    Further digging shows this to be real-time, real-life market research. For .WS and .TV names, Verisign has a "premium registration" pricing model for generic terms (starting around US$1000) but allows first-come, first-served registrations. By routing .BZ generics to eBay, they're apparently trying to obtain higher registration prices for generics designed to compete for misspellings with .BIZ.

    eNic remains registered as a Washington state corporation, presumably wholly-owned or majority-owned by Verisign. Since eNic is the current registrant, this auction scheme shouldn't technically run afoul of any Verisign contractual obligations with ICANN or Belize... Verisign is eNic's listing agent, eNic is Verisign's collection agent, the lucky purchaser still has to enter a registration agreement with an accredited .BZ registrar, and Verisign is not an auctioneer (see paragraph 5).

    I'm not quite sure what to say next...

    - Grumpy
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