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Dot ME domains overvalued

Like a lot of other domainers I’ve also placed my orders on a few dot ME (.me) domains in Pre-Registration period. None of them were successful but one which resulted in an auction which has been started July 28, 2008. On the third day I found the price way over my budget for that domain so I gave up on that.

Checking other auctions and recent sales (can be found on this page) I find the prices really odd comparing to most (if not all) other country code domain extensions.

Maybe I’m being too negative but I think these auctions with these ridiculous prices aren’t real and are only to show off the value of this extension and to warm the market up for higher prices for these domains in future.

Anyway that doesn’t matter to me anymore because I totally lost interest in it but apparently there is no simple way out!

When I first logged in to my account at auctions.domain.me, I found it really silly to see this note in the footer:

We will not be sending outbid notifications, so check back on the auction often.

But when I find myself outbidded by miles, I thought it in a good way of not getting hundreds of emails.
Well, I was wrong! Since then I received 28 emails with the subject:

Important: Your auction has been extended

With the following concept:

Dear Valued .ME Auction Customer,

The closing time for the auction of [the domain name.me] has been extended an additional 24 hours per our policy of accepting a bid during the last 24 hours of the auction. Please note the revised close date and current price below:

The auction hasn’t finished yet so I’m expecting to receive more emails till who knows when and there is NO WAY (at least not that I could find) I can Opt-out of these stupid emails!

Again I can’t say they (domain.me people) didn’t think about this feature(which is a really essential and basic one)! They obviously did and just want to everyone (even those who aren’t interested anymore) to know about these domains values for your future record.

These are only my own thoughts so let me know what’s yours :)

6 comments

6 Comments so far

  1. Mark Kolb August 22nd, 2008 11:23 pm

    After seeing what Affilias et al are doing now with auctions I’m glad I didn’t learn about dot ME until mid-July. At first I said “damn I missed a great opportunity” to pick up good names. But now I’m happy with getting my domains on July 17. Most of them are listed at http://www.dotmewebsites.com Now I’m waiting for the dust to settle after the next set of auctions in September for the premium names. I sure won’t be bidding.

  2. Alan August 23rd, 2008 2:12 am

    As people have a very short attention span, the dot me guys discovered their traffic spike was only a spike, so they did the only thing they could do, to try to get the traffic back – change the rules and spam all the addresses they collected.

  3. Mark Kolb December 22nd, 2008 8:23 pm

    Dot me guys are not cringing, not that they ever were. Over 3 million dot.me sites are now listed in Google and Alexa reports 260 high-traffic sites in the top million. Note that they are only 250 dot.asia sites in that list after 3 years.

  4. curt January 12th, 2009 4:18 pm

    Just a way to get traffic and befool the users. These auctions can never be relied.

  5. orsche parts February 24th, 2009 3:17 pm

    I really want to have a website with a dot me domain but I also have a hard time finding the one I want almost all are already taken.

  6. workout routines April 28th, 2009 1:33 pm

    alan is right in quoting that domainers tried to cash in on by the number of addresses collected to get back the traffic. that was the only outlet. hope it has stopped sending mails as of now. :)
    regards

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