In what can only be a Christmas miracle, the domain registrar 1and1 has decided to return the domain OurGoods.org to the New York City-based barter startup. Renewal notices went straight to spam, and OurGoods forgot to renew their domain name for about $9; in retaliation, 1and1 blacklisted them. The cofounders begged, but customer service wouldn’t listen: the domain had already been shuffled over to DomCollect, 1and1’s partner, for resale.
“We hope that no one buys it and I don’t know why 1and1 doesn’t want to work with us,” cofounder Caroline Woolard said at the time. “I was just telling them we are a nonprofit, it’s $9 a year, can we really just pay you $9? They say the grace period is over somehow and because we didn’t pay they want to blacklist us and just let it go up for grabs.”
But apparently persistence paid off. Out of the blue, 1and1 emailed OurGoods last week to say they could have the domain back. Read More