Earlier this month DomainSponsor changed how they deal with someone who is interested in buying one of your parked domains. Instead of forwarding the inquiry to you, they forward it to Moniker. Here’s how they describe the process in announcement dated 10/02:
“Beginning today, any user who clicks the Domain For Sale link on a DomainSponsor domain will be redirected to the Moniker Domain Bid form. Moniker will review the request and contact you with additional information. We believe this new process will greatly reduce unwanted spam from your domains and will help us increase the value of the requests you do receive.”
They have a point. People click on inquiry links for all sorts of reasons. I expect that this also means that Moniker will take a broker`s cut for being the middle-man, however. Giving Moniker a cut provides an incentive for them to negotiate for a higher price. You may actually do better under this system, or you may do worse.
Why not give domain owners a choice? Let us click a box to tell you whether we want Moniker to handle inquires, or whether we want to handle them ourselves.