@grant Good call, IMO. Having SH owned domains at Afternic is already a very positive move. The premise of transferring ownership just for the sake of listing domains at Afternic or anywhere else isn’t logical and would have involved way too much time/money/resources especially for SH but for sellers too. It wouldn’t have been sustainable anyway. With Sedo things should be easier, as demonstrated by the existing syndication, so hopefully SH can get that done.
To sellers who are currently disappointed by this decision- take into account that listing at Afternic doesn’t guarantee sales or even significant exposure. At SH your domains are in a pool of around 40K names buyers can choose from. When they’re added to Afternic and its network, they’re in a pool of millions, including very good alternatives for most domains. While some domains, and especially better than average domains, should attract more attention, especially if given enough time- don’t expect miracles or an immediate huge impact on sales. It may happen but it may not, depending on many variables such as quality, scarcity, price, niche, luck etc. Having syndication is definitely better than not having it, but for most sellers it’s probably not worth transferring all your domains away, paying an upfront fee per domain and having to coordinate every time you decide to drop a domain or want to pull it out from the marketplace in order to get ownership back.
We’re in good hands and SH is committed to getting more exposure so it’s better to let SH figure things out in ways that will be more intuitive and straightforward and involve less friction and complex undertakings.