A few days ago we posted about SnapNames.com Flash auction of over 600 domain names “recently registered by SnapNames due to their high VeriSign Data Analyzer Traffic Score and Generic Word strength!”
Today, courtesy of a reader, it appears that many of the unsold domains from this auction have now been deleted and are available again for registration.
As we noted in our original post the domains in the auction were registered on June 1st.
As of publication here are just a few of the domains that were in this auction that are now available for hand registration:
So it appears that a lot if not all of the unsold this auction were deleted by the registrars that registered the domains.
This of course was called domain tasting back in the day.
While some thing domain tasting is no longer possible that isn’t the case.
What changed was an increase of fees and the number of give back registrations allowed per registrar, making the registration of tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of registrations a day with a 2% retention rate not economically feasible.
Add into the fact that many different registrar tags with Snapnames affiliation were used to register the domain and the a portion of these domains for $69 or more than that will more than cover the costs of the domains that don’t sell.
In the aftermath it seems that this auction was a experiment in domain tasting 2.0