Uniregistry launched .Flowers into general availability yesterday and ended the day with 24,194 registrations according to ntldstats.com
However it appears that North Sound Names, owned by the principal of Uniregistry, registered over 98% of the domain names.
The registrar with the 2nd most .Flowers registrations was CSC with 100 domains, which were all trademark holders.
I had a bunch of pre-orders placed, all of which came back even before the extension launched, as being no longer available.
When I checked the whois yesterday on each of the domain names I had pre-ordered I got the message that the domain had no whois record but was not available for “normal” registration price.
Today all of those domain names I had pre-ordered and paid for had the same whois info like one of my pre-orders:
Domain Name: PLANT.FLOWERS Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.uniregistrar.net Registrar URL: http://uniregistry.com Updated Date: 2015-04-07-T22:04:21Z Creation Date: 2015-04-07-T22:03:46Z Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2016-04-07-T22:03:46Z Registrar: UNIREGISTRAR CORP Registrar IANA ID: 1659 Registrar Abuse Contact Email: email@example.com Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.9494785380 Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited Domain Status: clientRenewProhibited Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited Registry Registrant ID: UNIREG_Z4EJRHGF Registrant Name: DOMAIN ADMINISTRATOR Registrant Organization: NORTH SOUND NAMES Registrant Street: 30485 SEVEN MILE BEACH Registrant City: GRAND CAYMAN Registrant State/Province: GC Registrant Postal Code: KY11202
Every registry basically has the right to reserve as many domains as they want before launch.
I just wish Uniregistry just reserved these domain names in advance so they could not be registered and pre-ordered to save everyone the hassle and money of pre-ordering domains with muliple registrars that they had no intention of allowing to be registered.
I know that Mr. Schilling made many statements leading up to the launch of the new gTLD program that almost all of the domains on Uniregistry launched strings would be available on launch and then he might go in and register domains a few weeks after launch that were still available but clearly the top 24,000 domain names in .Flowers were never going to be made available to the public.
Taking away the 24K registered by North Sound Names it looks like .Flowers got around 400 third party registered domains, including well over 100 domain names registered in the Sunrise period by trademark holders.