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Username: DaveKing2
Date/Time: Sat, November 10, 2001 at 8:18 AM GMT
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Subject: Yup


Afilias did not charge any of the registries to queue/apply for names during the sunrise and landrush periods.

It was the registries that could charge whatever they liked for this.

On the other hand, Neulevel's application charge was $2, which some companies marked up to $10 (or more?) plus ludicrous yearly fees upon successful registration. eNom even had a bidding system whereby you could pay thousands if you won a good name, and yet Joker just charged $12 Euro (~US$10) for the exact same name, with the same chance of registration success.

In my opinion, this system represents a good argument for a single registrar (just not Afilias) to be a central point of contact for all. Not everyone has the luxury to shop around to see what the competition offers and this would have made it fair for everyone, with a set price.



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