Over the past few months I’ve been keeping a close eye on both dropping domains and secondary markets.
Dropcatching is quite popular in .com and even in .co.uk, but it’s not something that has been really exploited in .ie space, possibly due to the way that domain suspensions and deletions are handled.
While it is easy enough to predict when a domain’s status might change, it’s quite awkward to work out what the status change actually means in relation to the dates published in whois.
However, the IE registry does publish a list of deleted domains which makes for fascinating reading.
Of course a lot of the domains listed aren’t going to be of any interest to most people, but the number of generic domains that are available for registration is always astounding!
NB: If you are thinking of grabbing a bunch of IE domains to sell on – don’t! The registry rules forbid the resale of IE domains thus removing any real secondary market.