Friday, November 6, 2009

Is the Domain Industry more Corrupt than...

This weeks Halvarez scandal announcement at SnapNames got me thinking about corruption.

Lots of commenters on TechCrunch were trying to defend the domain "industry".

  • Bob Oleo: "Yes, small elements of the domain business can be dirty sometimes. This story is a prime example of that. But it’s really unfair to use a story like this to paint the entire industry with such a broad brush!"
But really, are domainers more corrupt than:

Coin collectors? A recent story on NPR claimed you basically can't trust anyone in that industry:

  • "If you're into collecting coins, do your research. There are rogue dealers out there who will skin you alive. The kind who give numismatism a bad name. And numismatism's a pretty bad name to begin with."

Car Dealers? Used car dealers?! Selling cars with bad title history or crash histories?

Art collectors? They have forgeries, fakes, and art thieves.

The Federal Government? I guess it doesn't help that domainers have ICAAN. But we certainly don't have $2000 wrenches and the other stuff that big goverment contracts bring.

Sure, the domain industry has room to improve. But all human organizations do. You need to be careful, and you need to do your research.

But painting all domainers with the same broad brush isn't right either. Domainers are just people: Some people aren't good. Some people are good.

Happy Domain Hunting!


  1. The story on NPR was a great astonishment for me. But at the end of the day we have to agree that not all of them are bad nor good too. So it is in our hands to find the right domainer.
    Nice sharing and keep posting.