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    Re: Reject WLS
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Saturday July 13 2002, @11:33AM (#7837)
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    Michael Palage cautions the registrars:
    Although I have recused myself from the WLS issue, I have a strong objections on potential anti-trust grounds of this constituency voting on anything that recommends/discusses a price.
    Charging more for a pre-existing domain than for a new one isn't justifiable on the name alone. It's due to the ready made traffic. SnapNames themselves admit that half their customers are speculators. I don't know how they catergorize those who want to catch traffic but I suspect that is the bulk of their business and would continue to be under the WLS.

    Take a look at blindhit.com (some nudity), and there are many others out there like them. They pay 5 cents per click. So if you register a dropped name that was previously averaging 1000 hits per day, that's $50 income per day for the new owner, so of course the name is worth a WLS fee of $50 or many times that. You can see from this that even sites which previously had quite low traffic could turn a profit. Those who want to blindly hit you with ads (mostly for pr0n and gambling) are the folks who have the most to gain from the WLS, and VeriSign/Snapnames know that. This is being spun as a benefit to consumers but the vast majority of consumers, including those wanting names, those losing their names, and those who otherwise use the names in the way they were originally intended will all be the poorer for it.

    VeriSign doesn't care. They want a bigger part of that action. VeriSign has already shown that they are willing to negotiate/drop the price somewhat and to give registrars a bigger piece, but they still own the pie. It sure looks and smells like something begging for anti-trust action to me. -g

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