Originally posted by Drewbert
To have sold a .ws I would have first had to buy one. And that would be admitting that I got sucked in by the marketing machine for one of the silliest ccTLD's out there. And we coldn't have that.
Yes, the .WS Registry marketing was slick indeed. In fact, I would use a stronger term and say it was basically fraud in that at first they announced in their heavy marketing WS really meant World Sites. Lots of buyers came upon hearing that claim.
Later on, they changed it to meaning Web Sites. Of course both were false as it really meant Western Samoa. Many people reg'd those names believing their marketing hype that it meant World Sites or Websites. Many more buyers arrived based on the new fraudulent advertising claim.
I personally know someone who reg'd hundreds, more likely thousands of WS names, based on the misleading advertising. I was actually the first one to break the sad news it stood for Western Samoa, which he said he was not aware of
At first he refused to even believe it. He was very depressed to learn that and find out the WS marketing he was suckered into was fraudulent. The WS Registry should have been reported to the FTC for their fraudulent marketing.
Later he developed a well done and costly web-site for selling his large portfolio of WS Names, but from what I understand he never sold any as they are basically worthless. To add insult to injury he spent vast amounts of time and money developing that WS resale website trying to salvage his huge losses but to no avail.