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Username: RayF
Date/Time: Wed, November 7, 2001 at 1:58 PM GMT
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Subject: Tired story


      there is a push between what the registry can charge, what the registrar charges, and what the aftermarket is able to garner.  Pricing has been artificially capped at the registry level.  Registrar expansion resulted in a price war at the retail level thus improving the aftermarket spread.  Second level registrations have increased from 16M in 1999 to 30M+ today.  Speculation driven?  It is what you can expect when artificially capping the price of a perceived commodity anywhere in the process.  Passing certain blame onto the speculator market is a tired story.  For better or worse, the status quo encourages the database to become populated and that is what has occurred - largely influenced by its pricing channel.  Capping new registry TLD pricing will continue the process, though at a rate that can yet be determined.


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