Are Premium Domains Bad?

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I was looking for a domain name for an app I'm working on, and one of the options I tried was self.app. To my surprise, it was available! Some time after buying the domain, I got an email from my registrar, saying tha the purchaise failed because *self.app is a premium domain", meaning that the domain vendor will only sell it for a higher price.

Nowin some way, this feels similar to the net neutrality issue. A domain name vendor should sell domain names at a certain rate, no matter the nature of the name being bought. On the other hand, I can see the argument that this is just how markets like this work: short domain names are more valuable, so they're sold at a higher price.

What are your thoughts?

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I have registered a "premium" .app domain myself last year when the tld was released. I was very annoyed when the price of the domain increased by almost 50% this year, so I guess there is also no guarantee that the price you registered the domain for will not drastically increase in the future?

 

If you want to invest then you must put your money on a .com (or in some cases, as in the Coffee, in .co)

A 3 letter .com could cost a fortune while a 3 letter + new fancy high-level domain usually is not really worthy.

 

I'm not interested in investing in domain names. To the countrary, I wish there was some kind of policy that required domain names to actually be used for something within a year of being registered, to avoid domain name squatters buying up domains just to sell them on without adding any value.

 

To the contrary, I wish there was some kind of policy that required domain names to actually be used for something within a year of being registered,

But there is such normative. However, it's easy to skip that bullet by creating a fake site/companies.

Now, if you want to buy, for example, self.app (it sounds like a good domain), then you could also check other domains. In my case, I purchased another .com but also the .org and .net

about self.app , namecheap says it is taken. Did you purchase it?.

I didn't. Google's check on get.app also says it's taken. hostnet.nl, a dutch registrar where I have all my names, said it was available yesterday, haven't checked today.

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