I’ve really been giving this some thought, even before this announcement. Here are the issues I have:
We effectively have 5 different marketplaces…
We all know the deals with each “marketplace”, I won’t go into those.
Many of us want to keep our eggs in one basket. It’s getting harder and harder to do that. Even I am building up a portfolio at a marketplace I once left! I don’t want to do that.
This won’t be a popular suggestion I’m sure, not for creatives or for SH, but I’m going to throw it out there anyway… why don’t we just move to 2 marketplaces? Premium and WLM. Let’s do away with the BasicPlusSearchable, BasicPlus and Basic marketplaces.
Premium (and we all be forced to accept the current commission rules at no further expense to us whether names previously submitted used coins or not - and early adopters just got lucky on names submitted before coins existed, we’ve had enough ‘unlucky’ things for being early adopters so this would make up for it).
Basic Plus Searchable - Names with logos be upgraded to premium at no further expense to us (we’ve already paid for a logo and we’ll be taking a cut in commission from 25% down to 30%). Names without a logo have until a certain date to buy a logo, if they don’t they should be transferred to the creatives WLM.
Basic Plus (not Searchable) - names should be moved to the creatives WLM.
Basic - Should be just removed. Names should be transferred to the creatives WLM. Assistance should be provided to those without a WLM that would like one. I doubt there are many names on Basic anyway?!
WLM - same rules as now apply, other than creatives can submit their own names to contests.
I’d really like to bite the bullet and tidy up, let’s just get it over with all at once. I’d be interested in what other creatives and SH feel about this (or something like it).