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Whois tells me tiger.top is unregistered but NameSilo, Hover and Namecheap all claim that it is a 'premium' domain and want over $3k for its initial registration. What's going on? Why is the price so high?

I imagine it could be one of the following reasons:

  • The information from Whois is incorrect.
  • The registrars have a price-fixing racket going on.
  • The .top registry has a list of names it charges extra for.

Why is an apparently unregistered domain name so expensive?

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This article has some good information, specifically point 2.

Essentially, you're seeing a domain marked as premium by the registry - they think it has the potential to be very valuable (memorable, short, popular word/phrase, or something else), so they've decided that it will cost more.

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    And if you read between the lines in the link, you kinda get the feeling it's to discourage rampant speculation such as was seen back in the dot-com boom when people were snapping up relatively cheap domains with the sole intention of reselling them at exorbitant prices. – Brandon Xavier Mar 22 at 17:13
  • @BrandonXavier dot-com boom? Snapping up cheap domains? Thats a Saturday night for most developers .... now, about all those side projects I got around to buying domains for but not actually doing any coding... – Moo Mar 23 at 2:09
  • @Moo LOL! I wish there was space here to tell the story of how a wannabe domain squatter registered domains for all the local car dealerships in the city I was living in back around '97 or '98. Then offering them up for sale at $5k each. It didn't work out as planned for the squatter . . . – Brandon Xavier Mar 23 at 7:55

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