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Updates on Pheenix domain backordering service

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

I have some updates to share about Pheenix – domain backordering company and I fear there will be some people who will stop using their service because starting 19th September 2015, they are going to make public auctions similar to DropCatch which in my opinion isn’t good idea because why one should waste time in finding and placing backorder when others are doing the job. You can simply jump into the auction at the last minute and take over if the domain is coming under your budget. Anyhow, below is the entire email I received from the CEO of Pheenix:

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“We’ve been hard at work and have made further updates to our system.

  1. We now support Alipay deposits!

This has been in the works for a while and we are glad that we can offer this great feature now for our customers.

  1. We’ve made our auctions easier and simpler. 

Effective Today Sep 7, auctions now start at the backorder price.  When the auction is over, you only pay the auction ‘high bid’ amount.

Before auctions started at 0  and then people would bid.  If the ‘high bid’ ended at $5 then the total price would be $5 + $18.95 = $23.95.

Moving forward, the auctions will start at $18.95.  Once the auction ends, you only pay for the ‘high bid’ from the auction.

We are in a transition period so some auctions which started prior to Sep 7 still have the old architecture, however, after Sep 10 all auctions should follow this guideline.

  1. Public Auctions coming September 19th

All domains that have multiple backorders on it will now be available for Public Bidding for any backorders being released on or after 2015-09-19.

As a precondition, if someone did not have a backorder on the domain name prior to it going to auction, their minimum bid is at least $59 in order to participate in the auction.

Thanks for being a great customer and we’ll have more exciting news coming very soon.

Tan Tran

CEO Pheenix, Inc.”

Do you think these changes will have any impact in future for the regular users of Pheenix?

New domain backordering service – KQW.com

 

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

Recently I came to know about new domain backordering service KQW.com. Looking at the domain, I thought the service will be from Chinese company and I wasn’t disappointed 😉

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One of their representatives contacted me and asked me to try their service just few days back and since that time I have placed several backorders with them. So far no success but I have seen them catching few domains.

What I have learned so far is you may place backorder but will need to pay upfront which isn’t what I really like. One good thing is they offer private auctions and don’t let others to jump in at the very last minute. They need to improve their language interface because when I see the English version of their site, I still find Chinese language written all over. For example visiting the auction rules and FAQs page.

If you surf their site, you will find many .cc domains running in auction and it shows they are good at catching .cc domains than .com one’s. So far they are offering backordering service for .com, .net, .org, .cc, .tv, .biz, .me domains.

As they seems to be new in domain backordering, still they have more than 20 registrars offering a backorder service for expired domains.

KQW.com are quite affordable as they only charge as low as $20 per domain name. Their interface is simple and user-friendly.

You may also check the other domain backordering companies I have used so far.

Feel free to give them a try and let us know if you are successful in grabbing any domain with them.

How can you judge this craziness?

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Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

Before I write anything I just wanted to make things clear that I have no hard feelings for the winning bidder (mkrules) of the domain name hobb.com which was recently concluded at NameJet.

It was no reserve auction and the minimum bid to participate in that auction was at regular price $69. If someone mistypes the minimum bid before the auction gets start, you are free to withdraw and delete from your account. In this case, the bidder placed $7,777 as his starting/minimum bid even before the auction gets underway. I thought he will change the price because as far as I have tracked this guy is purely domainer and not a newbie or enduser.

As the auction got started, no one had the courage to bid higher than that and eventually mkrules was declared as winner. I think he is going to pay for that as he owns several thousand of domain names.

Now the interesting question is what was the need of placing such high bid even though it was no reserve auction and he could have got for a lot lesser.

The only reason I can think off could be he mistakenly typed that bid but that doesn’t seems to be the reason because there is another auction going on for ankles.com for which the same bidder has given initial bid of $5,555 whereas he could have given $239 to get into auction.

Once again I wanted to clear that I have nothing against that bidder but if he really needed that domain than at least he should have placed initial bid with $69 and $239 respectively in both auctions and later he may have placed proxy bid of $7,777 or whatever he is comfortable at. In my opinion, he would have still got for a lower price because the next highest bidder was at $1,000.

Can any one explain this madness as to why someone is throwing away his money for no good reason. At least I can’t see or think of any 😉

Start backordering .org domains with Pheenix.com

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

There is some news to share with you guys about Pheenix.com

In past we could place backorders for .com/.net/.tv/.cc domains at Pheenix but now you can place backorders for any .org domains as well. This is great addition to their system as the cost for .org is $24.95 if you are the only bidder.

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Secondly, they are working on new drop catch system which will increase the catches and that system will be operational soon.

I knew something was going on internally at Pheenix because these days I am seeing they are unable to grab single .com domain but I am still adding domains for backordering. Cannot take risk of not placing BO as I am not sure when they start catching domains again 😉

However, in past Pheenix used to beat all big boys in drop catching service. Now it’s clear that something is coming up which hopefully will be better than before.

Now a days all good domains are caught by auction houses which are doing public or private auction and among all I like Pheenix better because I see less competition out here compare to all other auction houses.

On a side note, I have won some good domains through Pheenix and I am quite happy to own those domains.

Hope this helps and have a great day!

Feel free to share your feedback and tell us whether any of you tried backordering .org domains and what was the result.

 

My recent domain acquisitions including LLL.com

My-recent-domain-acquisitions-including-LLL.comHello and Assalamo Alaikum,

Yesterday Konstantinos shared some more domain purchases which he made in 2014 and one must check those names as what type of domains to acquire. That may help you in building your own quality portfolio. Below are some of the names I recently acquired:

GRO.com – I think it took too long to acquire LLL.com but finally I did it.

ACFA.com – I used to like LLLL.com but now I must start loving LLLL domains after the sale of BMGL.com 😉

EaMedia.com – Almost paid 1k for this name and once the auction was over, I thought I paid little more than I initially set budget for this domain. However, I feel this can pay off well if I hold the domain for quite some time.

FilaBrasileiro.com – Will leave this one up to you to decide whether this acquisition was good or bad. It’s a dog breed and some developed sites but what impressed me was 60,500 exact searches at Google Keyword Planner.

TheNewton.com – I love “the” word domains.

TheRestless.com – Same as above.

AboveBeyond.com – To me this is a decent brandable domain which can be used for many different purposes. Got for just under 1k.

Nieuwenhuis.com – I love person names. Quite difficult name to spell 😀

Stephane.net – Isn’t this a common name with this spelling too. Although it’s a .net but I still like it.

Papandrea.com – Not as difficult spelling as the couple of above names.


Would love to have your feedback and feel free to share the domains which you recently acquired.