Yet another first for eBay (depending on how you read it). Apparently an "Official ICANN Accredited Domain Registrar" is up for auction.....
"ICANN Accredited Domain Registrar FOR SALE!
We are auctioning off our Icann Accredited domain Registrar....
This is a great opportunity if you are looking to grow your existing business and have more controls. The Registrar will also come with registrar-software to enable you to sell/transfer and manage domains online along with the support of having unlimited chain of resellers.
Feel free to ask any questions
The starting bid price was just under 20 grand. As of this writing two bidders are vying for the "unnamed" (red flag) prize. This auction ends in two days.
Filling in the blanks summarizes my take on this one. Buyer _________.
Becoming an "Official ICANN Accredited Domain Registrar" is a very cost and protocol laden process. Here's an example of what Amazon.com went through when it entered the market almost two years ago.
"The company received the accredidation from ICANN in December, a representative for the organization said. Amazon would have had to pay around $6,000 for access to five top level domains--.biz, .com, .info, .net and .org--as well as a $2,500 application processing fee. Amazon would have also needed to have $70,000 in available capital on hand, and $500,000 in general-liability insurance...."
Now being a reseller backed by an ICANN Accredited Registrar (wink) is something entirely different....click here to see what I mean (shameless advert plug from yours truly.......but I can at least sleep at night with a clear conscience)