Future Media Architects, Inc. (FMA) owned by domainer Thunayan K AL-Ghanim (aka “Elequa”) is dropping thousands of 3 letter .info. FMA owns domain names such as media.com, multimedia.com, fm.com mp3.tv, dj.net and i.net.
I read a comment by Mark about thousands of 3-letter .info dropping and I immediately thought of FMA that at one point owned about 3872 3-letter .info domains.
I checked and found out that he has already dropped 2000 .info domains and is in the process (domains are in pending delete status) another 700+. Once these are dropped he will be down to 1135 3-letter .info domains having dropped 2737 domains.
He is dropping lower quality 3-letter domains such as: rdx.info, yuq.info, yxi.info, lgv.info
joj.info and zqq.info.
He is keeping domains such as ppp.info, omg.info, ago.info, fas.info, ssc.info, far.info,
epo.info and of course fma.info.
Most of these domains were registered in 2004 when FMA registered about 2500 .info domains and about 4600 .biz domains. He just bought all available .info and .biz domains at the time. According to Dnjournal he owned more than 1,000 three-letter .coms and more than 2,000 each in .net and .org. I believe he still does.
FMA is known to be one of the rare domainers that is not selling any of his domains. He has refused every time to sell from what i know. And because he is not selling, he is dropping what he doesn’t need regardless of the value that these may have. It seems that the reseller market put a value of about $60 to the worst 3 letter .info.
I myself am dropping domains that have a value of less than $150 because it doesn’t makes sense for me to sell them. It will cost me a lot more than $150 to find the buyer, process the sale, pay bank fees, prepare tax papers etc. Only a bulk deal would be helpful in selling similar priced domains.
I have noticed he is dropping a few .biz as well but don’t have exact numbers.
It seems that with all the new gtld strings 3 letter domains supply has surpassed demand. Even registries that reserve the best domains don’t even bother with 3-letter domains as each of the gTLDs has 17,576 of them. Of course I believe that 3-letter .com and .org will hold their value, if not increase it. But the others will lose value. We will probably lose the high end sales. Of course I am not talking about 3 letter words like toy or bet. These will hold their value that comes from the fact that these are short words.
Sales were hard before the new gtlds. I myself am selling a lot more 1 and 2 words domains than I am selling 3 letter domains.
BTW all dropped FMA domains have been registered! Either at Go Daddy or using APIs. Not a single one is available.