It is more than 7 weeks after the 1st Exclusive .info auction ended at Go Daddy and a lot of domains have not been transferred to their new owners. At first I thought that the process was moving very slowly probably because of Afilias and Go Daddy and of course the holidays but now this is getting ridiculous. This whole process is running very slowly considering the fact there has been a second .info domain auction and domains from the first auction are still in limbo.
This auction ran from the 4th of December until the 14th. I won 2 domains at this auction and I paid almost immediately. The 2 domains I bought are in my account as of yesterday but whois has not been updated and also see something very strange. The 2 domains are locked for almost 6 months:
Transfer locked until 7/13/2013
Normally expired domains are locked for a few days after the auction. In general, transferred domains are locked for 60 days in the new registrar. I have asked Go Daddy what is this lock about and I am waiting for a reply. (My account executive is out of the office until February 8th, 2013)
Here are a few stats from the 103 domains that were sold in the first .info auction:
- 36 domains have been transferred to Go Daddy and whois has been updated to their new owner
- 67 of the domains still show Afilias as the owner
- 37 of these 67 domain names has been transferred to Go Daddy but whois has not been updated yet
- 30 domains are still at the registry registrar
- Gambling.info got a $16,005 bid in the first auction but it wasn’t paid so it was again featured in the second .info auction and the winning bid was $10,505
Afilias ran the first exclusive .info auction at Go Daddy for 106 domains from the 4th of December until the 14th that had been reserved since 2001. These .info sunrise domains had been pending reallocation since 2001 and this auction produced some great prices. (e.g. Cancer.info sold for $16,005 each and Loans.info for $12,205.)
No excuse for such slowness. Both GoDaddy and Sedo seem to have other priorities than completing domain sales. You would think the incentive would be for GoDaddy to complete sales and earn large commission profits than the small pocket change they get from new domain registrations.
The transfer procedure should be fast and simple. For example, I use the “push” feature at eNom. I open a new account in the buyers name, push the domain into it, and the new owner is emailed the password. He gets full control and ownership in just a couple of minutes. My direct sales are always done on the same day that Escrow approves the buyers funds. If I can do it that fast using the second largest registrar in the world, then why should it take weeks for GoDaddy?