MyID Dot Ca Auction Update

March 31, 2008

Further to my recent post, the details of the MyID Dot Ca Auction have been released. Here it is in a nutshell:

1. Monthly Auction – The auction will start on the first Thursday of each month at 15:45 EST and end on the following Thursday at 15:45 EST. The first auction will be start May 1, 2008 and run until May 8, 2008.

2. Deadline for Submissions – Submissions must be made during the first seven days of the preceding month. So, for the May auction, submissions must be made from April 1 until April 7. There will be a web based interface set up for submissions, but for now submissions are made via email. Submissions must include a desired reserve range and a suggested category (see below).

3. Categories – For the first auction, the categories will include:
2-3 character
Professional Services (Legal, Medical, Accounting,…)
Health, Fitness, Nutrition, and Exercise
Real estate
Geo Domains (Domains that have ‘Canada’, ‘Canadian’, or any of the Canadian provinces/cities in them)
Business and Financial Services (Loans, mortgages,…)
French domains
Miscellaneous (Domains that do not fit in any category above)

4. Reserve Ranges – Reserve ranges will be grouped into the following categories:

5. Domains on Auction – Domains that will be auctioned will be announced 15 days before the auction. For the upcoming May auction, the list will be announced on April 15, 2008.

6. Security – MyID will be announcing steps they will take to prevent bogus bids and to ensure the legitimacy of domain owners.

All in all, it sounds to me like a good set up. If you wish to sign up as a buyer or a seller, head on over to MyID. Launches .ca Auctions

March 27, 2008 has now tossed their hat into the .ca auction market ring.

Prior to this, the only company offering .ca auctions was Sibername. Sibername only started offering these auctions in December 2007. It’s good to see increasing competition in this market, and it’s a sure sign that .ca domains are becoming more important.

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Canadian TBR Drop Auction Irregularities

January 10, 2008

I’m not sure how many of my readers are Canadian – if you are, please let me know by leaving a comment. If there is enough interest, I’ll write more about the Canadian domain landscape.

Anyhow, CIRA is the authority for .ca domain names. Every Wednesday at 2.00 p.m. Eastern they run a TBR (“to be released”) drop of .ca domains that have expired. The registrars compete to catch the drops, then auction them off.

Fine and dandy, except today, a lot of the names that were caught yesterday suddenly were added to next week’s drop list.

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