The fireworks came one day early last year for sellers on the brandable boutique BrandBucket. As many in the U.S were getting ready for a Fourth of July celebration, they got an email from BrandBucket’s Managing Director, Michael Krell.
Effective July 3rd, we will be discontinuing our voting-for-credits option in the dashboard. The information we gathered over the past year has been quite valuable, and we will be using this data to help our customers find the perfect name for their company. Credits you currently have in your account will not be affected by this change. We are leaving the door open to future engagement models that involve earning credits, but there are none currently in the pipeline.
No longer could members vote their way to free listings. Now they were going to have to pay $10 to list on the popular brandable website.
At the time there were 14,000 names listed on BrandBucket. Many said this would slow down submissions, that people who were thought to be BrandBucket cheerleaders would show their true colors.
The popular BrandBucket experience thread on Namepros was on page 91 of posts.
Fast forward one year and there are now 252 pages of the BrandBucket experience. Submissions slow down ? Oh HELL No !
There are now 32,066 names.
The market for brandable domains continues to be strong. The number of brandable domainers continues to grow. It makes sense as a lot of new domainers on a tight budget did not have the $10,000 plus needed to get into liquid domain names as prices jumped due to Chinese demand.
Will BrandBucket hit 50,000 names ?