I'm seeing a significant decline in drop catching

Started by maxikk, Jun 21, 2022, 02:24 AM

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Based on the sales reports, it seems that I have had the most drop sales here. Drop competition has been decreasing recently and this is the first time I have seen this happen since I started domaining.

This doesn't necessarily mean that it will continue to decline, but it is still significant to me. I have noticed that good backorders have decreased and DC seems to be focusing more on high-value domains. I have been able to register great domains later than usual and on weekends, which has never happened before. This means that the market is spooked and it's not a good time to start buying names. Instead, it's best to downsize your portfolio and wait for the moment when great domains become available at drops and auctions.

Although it may take a few months, it's worth saving some money for that particular moment. Current available domains are mostly low to mid-4 fig range, which is significant. Please share your buying experience in the comments. Thank you.


For some time now, it has been easier to obtain domains on DC through regular or discounted catch. This trend has been observed for at least 6 months and may affect lower level domain names. People are becoming more selective with their purchases and are dropping more, keeping only their best domains.

They are also allocating their funds among different things like traditional domains, NFTs, ENS, Handshake domains, etc. People are investing in up-and-coming tech and crypto names and have spent a lot on the meta boom. Renewals have increased and will continue to do so, which also has an impact. Despite these changes, people are still investing in this space, but their approach and priorities have shifted.


From my experience of bidding on expired auctions on various platforms, I have noticed that domain names are becoming more expensive. Even bottom tier names that used to receive only one bid a year or two ago are now being sold at prices of $200 and above. Additionally, names in less desirable extensions are also being sold at high prices, which seems absurd.


The Deferred Repayment Period is an ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) addendum that enables registrants to return their domain name within a few days of its expiration. The length of this period varies depending on the TLD and typically ranges from 30 to 90 days. Prior to the implementation of the RGP by ICANN, individuals could easily intercept domain names and extort money from the original registrant to buy back their domain name.

Once the RGP begins, the domain status changes to a "repayment period," during which the owner may need to pay a fee (usually around $100) to reactivate and re-register the domain. After the second notification and expiration of the RGP, the ICANN RAA requires registrars to delete domain registrations. At the end of the 5-day "deferred deletion" phase, the domain is deleted from the ICANN database.

For highly sought-after domain names, multiple parties often wait for the expiration date, and the competition has become the realm of drop-catching services. These services offer to use their servers to secure the domain name when it is available, frequently at auction prices. Retail registrars like GoDaddy and eNom save names for auction through services like TDNAM or Snapnames, a practice known as domain name storage. Drop-catching services are offered by both accredited and non-accredited registrars.


This change might be due to various factors, and it's important to monitor the industry trends to understand the reasons behind it.

Your observation about being able to register great domains later than usual and on weekends could suggest a decrease in demand or a shift in buyer behavior. It's possible that the market is currently experiencing some uncertainty, leading to a decrease in domain purchases.

If you believe that the current market conditions are not favorable for buying names, it may be wise to downsize your portfolio and wait for better opportunities when great domains become available at drops and auctions. Saving money for those moments could potentially allow you to acquire high-value domains at more reasonable prices.

Overall, it's important to keep a close eye on market trends and analyze the potential reasons behind the observed changes. This will help you make informed decisions about your domain investments.