Finally, after the money I pay to cybersquat 35 prime .eu domains for the
last six months has been sitting that long inactive on the registrar's bank
account at 18 EUR a shot, we finally arrive at that fateful day 7th April,
when my registrar can compete with all the johnny come lately registrars on a
first come first served basis for those domains which did not go through the
sunrises and where available for the so-called "landrush".
And it transpires that of my 35 shots, I only got 7. I am now the proud owner
All I need now is someone with good web skills to make the sites for them,
and I'll be able to either do things with them, or wait for a buyer.
I suppose 7 out of 35 is not such a bad hit rate when you consider how many
people, it transpires, sunrised some of the best names and got away with it
even though they had nothing to do with their company names.
For example, "auditors.eu" is now the property of a tiny, unheard-of firm in
the Czech Republic only. Because they had the foresight to sunrise it, and
EURid, believe it or not, accepted their documents!
The whole sunrise thingy turned out to be mothing more than a ruse to get
more money out of applicants. Had I known that, I might have sunrised more
domains instead of getting in the landrush queue, but then it cost four times
as much to sunrise as to landrush anyway, so I may have had a worse outcome
anyway. And you have the rigmarole of providing documents, but then for that
you do probably get more valuable domains.
I now get my money back on the domains that other cybersquatters snaffled
before I did, and I can go through my original list of 100 names which I
didn't invest in 65 of (I didn't want to put more than 700 EUR on this
gamble) and see if any of them have escaped the greedy ravages of my fellow
domaingrubbing, dirty cybersquatting landrushers.
But there is a chance that by Tuesday I will have a few more of the 35, as
not all of the processes have been finally concluded, and there is always an
outside chance that some sunrisers will simply fail to conclude with their
purchases - although I doubt that very much.
Did anyone else take a punt on the .eu landrush, and if so, was your success
rate any different to mine?
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