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    Re: Yes, But ...
    by RFassett on Monday July 15 2002, @06:51AM (#7861)
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    nice answer and good thoughts to what I said....thanks.
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    Re: Yes, But ...
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Monday July 15 2002, @09:17AM (#7868)
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    .tv, .ws, etc. never caught on because the good names were taken by speculators. They believed in them commercially, almost no-one else did. How many .tv sites do you visit? I can't think of the last time I visited one. I can't even name a currently functioning site.

    .biz and .info and .us (and for that matter, new.net) have the same problem. The best names are on the shelf, whether it is of corrupt registrars or speculators is immaterial. If I see a pound of coffee advertised for $1 and go to the store and find that it is a loss leader to push better coffee at me for $100 a pound I either put up with $1 coffee or I go elsewhere. End customers who would actually put the names to use are doing one or the other.

    Your history is also skewed, the speculation market was well underway prior to the addition of registrars besides NSI. A few folks actually made money at it. That was when anything with a dotcom attached attracted funding. Those days are long gone. The domain name resale pyramid was largely built on hype, it helped to transfer funds up the food chain, most of which came out of the pockets of speculators, even back in the good old days end users didn't buy $100 coffee. I know, I was involved with names that GreatDomains and others valued at $50,000+ in 1998-2000. In reality you couldn't get $1000 for them back then, or $100 now, unless you found another reseller with more money than brains. That pyramid is now collapsing as all MLM schemes eventually must, it can't be held up just by folks holding a few choice bricks that they claim are full of gold. Simply building new pyramids on similar claims is no answer, and similarily doomed to fall. Indeed, as the pool of speculator money (which is ever shrinking) often chooses to shift its bricks from pyramid to pyramid, that just hastens a general collapse. -g

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