@moretal and others,
Thank you for feedback. Our product roadmap is based upon the input from the creative community, and we will continue to take everyone’s feedback into consideration as we further improve this platform.
Many creatives have asked us for the ability to submit their registered names to contest holders even if they are not approved in marketplace. In fact, a good percentage of our premium names are purchased by contest holders via this method (because this allows creatives to pitch their highly relevant names to buyers who are in an immediate need of a name and do not have time to explore thousands of options from the marketplace on their own).
We have already seen more than 100 names upgraded to Basic Plus listing in the last 12-14 hours so we are certainly seeing good initial interest from several creatives.
Regarding comparing the 25% commission to registrar based marketplace - it is not really an “apples to apples” comparison. While you may get a lot of search volume, you have to consider the quality of that search traffic, and how much of that actually leads to sales. In contrast, you have to consider the value of pitching directly to potential buyers who have invested time in writing a detailed project brief, and have spent several hundred dollars to launch a contest. Having said that, if you are seeing a good success with registrar based marketplaces, there is no reason to switch to this option in that case.
Furthermore, if you have good names, we believe it is better to submit them to the premium domain marketplace in order to maximize their full potential (visibility via marketplace and ability to submit to contests). The Basic Plus listing is simply an additional option for those creatives who find value in this method or who may not have been able to get their names approved in marketplace. Our goal is to offer a myriad of options to creatives so that they can decide which method works best for them.
As always, we will continue to make updates to our features based upon their overall usage, as well the collective feedback from the community.