Who runs the auction, provides support, infrastructure, payment processing, chases non-payers, verifies transfers, etc? Nominet aren't an auction house nor do, I suspect, they want to be. Who foots the bill? There is a reason nominet doesn't deal with the general public - simply it costs far too much for them in support and the day-to-day running of millions of potential clients. Much easier to deal with a few thousand tags who, in turn, deal with the combined 10 million registrations. This 'utopia' view of business where the general public get things for nothing on the same level as a paid up tagholder with lots of time and money invested is not reality. Might as well go into starbucks and either ask to make the coffee yourself for free or refuse to pay more than coffee from a supermarket. *edit because people who already agreed might not agree with the next part The absolutely fairest way is for *tagholders* to submit a list each day/week and then nominet use some lottery software to 'pick a name from the hat'. That of course will still give multitaggers an increased chance but in a hat with potentially thousands of names it'd cost them more than the domain is likely worth. An increase in tagholder fees *for everyone at the same level* would help stamp that out. Why don't they do that? Because they don't have to. However there is absolutely no reason why the general public should have the same chance. They don't pay for it.