I’ve very recently noticed that what used to be a sort of standard pricing (price controls on creatives) in the marketplace now seems to be way out of whack. As I check my names in their respective categories, I am seeing names over $2,000 that clearly are not higher in caliber than many (many) of the names we have submitted over time and are restricted to much lower pricing. In many cases, even if we want to raise our prices, we are limited to much lower than $2,000. I imagine this has happened as domainers have been moving their names over to Squadhelp and have not necessarily been subjected to the same limits as we have. Here’s the problem: this results in other names being pushed so far down in searches that they aren’t being seen - lost in a sea of our relegated $1199-$1499 category. As a buyer comes here to scroll through names, especially if they use the highest to lowest search tool, they never even reach the names that are in the mid-range.
I am not talking about real word .coms. I’m not even talking about “close to real word” .coms. I am talking about a lot of combos and blends and phrases, etc, that are equal in value, often using similar key words as others and some 5 letter domains that are often made up (not based on a word) while when we sub those, they are often not accepted at all. And this is premiums, not Basic Plus names.
So bottom line is that I am hoping Squadhelp will review marketplace pricing thoroughly, especially for new domainers bringing their portfolios here, against similar names in the marketplace and either raise prices on those similar names or restrict pricing more on new domainers. I understand they are coming here from other platforms that price higher than SH and that SH really wants them to come here, but just because someone is from someplace else, doesn’t mean their names have higher value. I am just looking for equal footing for everyone who has been here all along and may not have even noticed why their names are not being shortlisted anymore or rarely.
It’s also possible it is NOT new domainers coming here, so I don’t want to say it is just that. Either way, pricing needs to be balanced more…
Thanks for listening, AS ALWAYS, Squadhelp. Listening is the reason you are the best platform. If you search the marketplace as if you were a customer by categories, you are going to see exactly what I am talking about.