Following on the heals of Tucows launch of YummyNames.com, to sell expired domains of its customers, Tucows elected to keep, today we notice that Enom has launched AcquireThisName.com.
Enom is not taking credit for this site, at least not directly.
If you click on the “about us” link you get this:
- Q: Do you own the domains you sell?
- A: No, we represent the domain owner and facilitate the sale of the domain.
- Q: Is AcquireThisName a domain registrar?
- A: No, AcquireThisName is a brokerage firm, representing domain owners. We are not a registrar and do not offer registration services.
In my opinion, this site can best be described with one word, which is actually listed as a “popular domain” on their site; shifty.com
In the FAQ section it becomes clear who your dealing with when dealing with AcquireThisName.com:
- Q: What are the payment options available to me?
- A: Our preferred method of payment is by wire to our affiliate, eNom. It is the easiest and most cost effective method.
Further on the site it says:
“”””Our reseller relationship with eNom helps make purchasing a domain from Acquire This Name a quick and easy process. After you and your ATN sales account manager agree on a purchase price, you will receive an email with wire instructions and a link to submit our online agreement. The online agreement confirms your interest in the domain and removes it from the open marketplace.”””
“””The next step is creating a free account at www.enomcentral.com. After payment is submitted by wire to eNom, the domain will immediately be pushed to your eNom account.””
Ok so its clear Enom owns this “brokerage site”, that “does not own any domains, and is not a registrar”.
Now as to who owns the domains themselves, well that appears to be Enom as well.
Doing a quick check on many of the domains listed on the first page of the site, they are all registered to:
Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
PMB 368, 14150 NE 20th St – F1
Bellevue, WA 98007
And all the domains have Enom default servers:
So now, if its clear Enom own the brokerage service, which again is “not a registrar and doesn’t own any domains”, and if all the domains on the site are owned by Enom, (which is a domain registrar but not a brokerage site) then the only question is where did all these domains come from?
Are the domain being sold, domains Enom acquired by purchase from third parties, or hand registered or by being the highest bidder at drop auctions and other aftermarket auctions, or are these expired domain of their customers?
I’m sure one of the industrious readers of this blog will go to domainTools.com and figure that one out.
However, if these domains were acquired by Enom, fair and square and not from their own customers, then why all the deception, and not just offer these domains for sale through Enom?
Is this another example of registrar abuse?
Certainly, this maybe another reason for all domainers to take a long hard look at which companies they choose to do business with.
Certainly this maybe another reason for domainers to demand that change to the way that dropped domains are handled.
Having just went through six months of nothing but talk of change, maybe its time that domainers demand change in the domain industry.
Maybe its time domainers demand the end of game playing, role playing and word games, and demand transparency instead.
Maybe that’s the change we need.
Maybe that’s the change we can believe in.