A problem with bare .uk
I have clients who initially bought several long and unwieldy variants of their core .co.uk name on a defensive basis.
They swallowed Nominet increasing the cost by 50% in 2016. They took the free introductory offer of the bare .uk variants
Now the bare uk variants are coming up for renewal the cost of their portfolio of names has doubled.
Some are taking the opportunity to review their portfolio and holders of core names like fredscoggins.co.uk are letting fred-scoggins-used-motors.co.uk and fredscogginsusedmotors.co.uk as well as fred-scoggins-used-motors.uk and fredscogginsusedmotors.uk lapse. I'm doing that too.
I imagine domain name speculators who bought hundreds of names in the hope of profitable resales are finding renewal costs exceed income and they too will be reconsidering.
Might the eventual result be fewer total registrations than before the arrival of bare .uk?