Yes, exactly! Thanks! From 18 contests I participated in so far, I started having the same feeling. Premium names either automatically receive red faces, or are simply ignored. And I feel that the reason is not the quality of the submissions, but the fact that CH’s don’t really want to spend money on their new names. And it makes sense when you think about it and look at the award amounts. How can we expect for somebody to spend $$$$ for a name when they can have something similar almost for free ($100-$200)? They simply want great ideas with the quality of Facebook or Amazon for no money. And in most cases we are talking about big companies where such amounts are like pocket money for them. I can also judge based on something else - contest holders’ activity. They rarely reply to messages, they don’t bother to rate entries, and quite often they don’t even visit their contests for days. I feel that most of them do not really take these contests too seriously to be honest.
Well I am a domainer, not one of their employees, and domaining is not a hobby for me that I do in my spare time. And honestly I don’t see much point in coming up with really good ideas for names with matching available domains for the eventual chance of getting $100-200. I just don’t think that $100-$200 should be the price for a brandable name - these are prices for SEO domains you sell to plumbers.
From now on I think I shall only take part in contests for taglines, but no naming contests. I don’t mind coming up with good slogans for $100-$200 - that’s okay - but inventing the next Amazon or Google name for such money, no thanks! I value my time and work a bit more.