An anonymous reader writes "Recently we've been trying to start a small company in Argentina. When trying to acquire the domains we need (.com and .com.ar) we found that they were already registered but not in use. We contacted the owners, which are companies or individuals that buy and sell domains for a living.
They said that .com would be a six figure domain (!), which is pretty impressive given that it's not a recognized brand or anything, it's a simple english noun.
On the other hand, for the .com.ar (which is actually free!!) we were asked around 2000.
We think this is outrageous. There has to be some legal way for small enterpreneurs to be able to start their own business without having to pay to these people.
Maybe if we register the name then we can request to be given priority over the domain?
Has any of you ever had to deal with a situation like this?"