Those domains that should have dropped months (and even years) ago will probably have a WLS placed on them because if VeriSign thinks they're valuable, so will those who pick up dropped names. That is why VeriSign is warehousing them. Once the WLS is in place they will magically appear. If there is no WLS placed on some of them VeriSign might as well drop them as clearly no-one really wants them. Perhaps someone will come along eventually and VeriSign will still make $6.|
Your average individual can't beat either the existing namedrop services or the WLS to desirable dropped names, that is and will remain in the hands of the few. If you want to be one of those few, waiting for a name to drop and then going to a registrar of your choice to pick it up will only work for those names which aren't desirable, the good ones are gone in seconds. And if it isn't desirable then there won't be a WLS placed on it and you can take your time.
It is misleading to argue that some existing namedrop services may charge less than the WLS by pointing to a given fee. Assuming one could aggregate all these fees, which is difficult with some using bidding models, etc., one might get a truer picture of the existing cost to someone to lock up the registration on a dropped name. Simply using one, or even a few, is no guarantee. That total cost is well above the WLS fee. That is no reason to bring in the WLS, but it is a poor argument to use against it. -g