One of the concerns I have heard people mention regarding Uniregistry is that the company could keep expiring domain names dropped by its customers. There are domain name registrars that either keep the higher value drops or did this in the past, and I have heard people express their concerns that it could happen at Uniregistry since the company is owned by one of the most successful domain investors, Frank Schilling.
Turns out, this does not appear to be the case (at least right now).
This morning while going through a list of pending delete domain names that are coming up for auction, I saw that TrafficAccident.com and TrafficAccidents.com were listed as pending delete. Estibot values these domain names at $15,000 and $13,000 respectively, and I think most people would agree these two domain names have value, especially to a law firm or auto body shop. When I looked at the Whois registration details to see where these would likely end up in auction, I noticed that both were registered at Uniregistrar, the domain registrar associated with Uniregistry.
This afternoon, TrafficAccident.com was caught by Veritas Domains, LLC (I believe it is affiliated with Web.com / SnapNames / NameJet I believe) and TrafficAccidents.com was caught by DropCatch.com. I believe they will now sell in auction to the high bidder.
I reached out to Frank Schilling to ask him about drops at Uniregistry, and he confirmed that the company is not keeping domain names that their customers let expire. I was under the impression the opposite was true based on things I heard, but now it has been confirmed that Uniregistry isn’t keeping the domain names that its customers let expire, even if they are valuable.