We just got this email from Pool.com this morning:
“The impending launch of new gTLDs has led Pool.com to refocus its business away from an emphasis on the secondary market and to a broader range of on-going services. ”
“As a result, we will be shutting down a number of our registrar threads effective January 10, 2013. ”
“This will have an effect on some of your domains acquired through Pool.com (a list of names is included below)”.
Pool.com of course has been one of the three major dropping domain services, although in recent years I would say lost a huge market share to NameJet.com and SnapNames.com which have direct and exclusive deals with the top 10 registrars (except for Godaddy.com which conduct their own drop auctions).
However also in recent years Pool.com has powered the sunrise and land rush periods for new domain extension roll outs including Asia., Co and .XXX.
According to the announcement is seems Pool.com has made a decision to give up registrar threads in favor of concentration on the new gTLD’s some of which may appear as early as the 4th quarter of 2013.
However after the email was sent out Richard Schreier of pool.com sent thedomains.com this message
“”Pool.com is not abandoning the drop game, we are simply changing the distribution of threads that will use more partner oriented threads in the drop.
Second, there is no change in Namescout.com, in fact as the central management interface for these registrars it is critical that Namescout.com stay in place to continue to offer ongoing management options up to the point that the registrars shut down. But Namescout.com as an accredited ICANN registrar is not changing.””
Going back to the email, regarding any domains you got from pool.com that are at namescout.com you have two choices:
“As a result, you have the following two options with regards to your domains provided they are older than 60 days”:
1. Login to your Namescout.com account and submit a “Renew Now” order for each of the names listed below. Namescout.com is offering 1 year renewals at a significant discount which will be applied automatically upon checkout. (com, org, info are $9.50, net $7.85 and mobi $15.00) This renewal will also transfer your domain to Namescout.com as the Registrar of record such that you will be able to continue to manage them through the current interface without any changes.
2. Submit a routine transfer through your preferred registrar.
“If you choose neither of these options in the next few days, ICANN will take steps to allocate the domains in inventory to another registrar through a public bid process. ”
“We cannot predict which registrar they will choose; if all your names will end up in a single registrar; or, whether there will be an interruption in your ability to manage your names while ICANN conducts this process”.