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  • .City contention set resolved at a high price

    1. BY - Apr 24, 2014
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    Many new TLD contention auctions were held this week.

    There were a number of new top level domain name contention set auctions this week, although details on winners are scant thus far.

    .Garden, .property, and .yoga were set for auction on Tuesday. I haven’t been able to figure out the winners yet, although I’m sure publicly traded Minds + Machines (a participant in all three) will issue a press release as soon as everything is settled.

    I’ve learned that Donuts won the auction for .city, and it seems that the auction may have set a high water mark for contention set auctions so far. (Actual bid prices are not released by the auction provider.) The company was up against TLD Registry (which is running to Chinese IDN domain names) and Radix. Proceeds will be split by the losing parties.

    I’m don’t fully understand the appeal of this domain. A couple types of registrations could be actual cities and those playing on “city”, must like you could .center or .today for topical saites (e.g. or

    As more three+ party auctions get resolved, we can expect the final bid prices to increase.

    Applicants have a short window left to resolve contention through private means rather than ICANN auctions.

  • Sedo’s end user domain name sales

    1. BY - Apr 24, 2014
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    Sedo sold a number of domain names to end users last week.

    Sedo sold 513 domain names last week for a total of $1 million. Here are some domain names purchased by end users. (You can view previous end user sales lists here.) 810 GBP – Broadcaster BBC $2,000 – New Media Golf Corporation $1,000 – the publisher of $2,995 – Medicine Stone Petroleum Svcs, LLC $2,000 – IT company ENS Group $8,000 – NTTData Intramart corporation, a Tokyo company that uses the matching .jp domain name. $9,888 – Children’s rights advocacy group Terre des Hommes. $1,495 – Web data company Connotate, which offers web data extraction and scraping services. $1,940 – SwipeAds Holdings Pty Ltd, which offers a game-based CAPTCHA solution called Fun CAPTCHA. $8,890 – Center for International Private Enterprise. It uses the matching .org $1,895 – Alternative investment company The GEM Group, aka Global Emerging Markets. It uses the domain name $2,395 – World Oneness Foundation, a non-profit promoting “oneness”. I don’t know what that means, but they have a cool picture on their home page at

  • .Club and two Chinese new top level domains have about $500k in premium sales

    1. BY - Apr 24, 2014
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    A few top level domain names have sold an impression amount of premium domains prior to general availability.

    Here are three new top level domain names to keep an eye on: .Club, .在线 and .中文网.

    .Club Domains is an “all-in” registry, meaning it has only one new TLD to offer. The company raised $7 million and spent a decent amount in a contention set auction for the domain. Still, it has millions of dollars to spend on marketing. For example, it has paid for prominent positioning on GoDaddy’s home page.

    As of yesterday, .Club has sold $481,388 worth of premium domain names. A bunch that just came across Sedo’s sales list were sold to a construction firm in Ft. Lauderdale. Some big brands are getting involved, too: MaryKay bought and

    Given the growth of subscription based products, I expect .club to do really well out of the gate.

    Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网), both offered by TLD Registry, have combined for over $584,000 worth of premium domain sales since landrush started March 20. That includes a live auction held in conjunction with Sedo that sold $182,000 worth of domains. It doesn’t include over 20,000 domains bought by the Chinese government.

    Given the domains sold to the government, these domains should jump onto the new TLD leaderboard as soon as they enter general availability. In fact, they’re already in the top 20 and general availability doesn’t even start until Monday.

  • 15 end user domain name sales up to $42,500

    1. BY - Apr 23, 2014
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    GoDaddy and Afternic sold nearly $2 million worth of domain names last week.

    Here’s a list of 15 that were sold to end users. You can view previous end user sales lists here. $42,500 – A New York firm called Trade360. $25,000 – Jackson Square Aviation in San Francisco. I think it got a good deal. BuyDomains was the seller. $4,999 – The online lamp seller that was using They have a notice on their site that reads “We have a new address to reach this store that may make it easier to remember:”. $17,900 – Almond Board of California $11,750 – the owner of the unfortunate domain name $1,688 – Online advertising firm Huddled Masses, which has been using the web address $1,200 – Credentialing company Verisys. $1,250 – IPDS, which is short for IP Data Systems. $2,471 – Presqu’ile Winery in California. It has been using $1,599 – Indiana property management company Herman & Kittle Properties $1,888 – UK Asbestos Specialists Ltd $2,588 – Suburban Transportation in Syracuse, New York. $2,500 – Political communications firm Hamilton Place Strategies. $3,500 – Healthcare imaging company Alliance Imaging. I assume “rad” stands for radiology. $6,675 – Myrtle Beach vacation rentals site upgraded to .com.

  • Bitcoin company among end user buyers at Sedo last week

    1. BY - Apr 18, 2014
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    A bitcoin company bought a domain at Sedo last week.

    Sedo had a solid sales week last week with $1.3 million worth of sales. Here are ten that were purchased by end users. You can view previous end user sales lists here. $10,000 – BitCoin Nordi, a bitcoin seller. $1,900 – FootballAddicts AB, creator of Forza Football app with soccer scores and highlights. $800 – the owner of, a presentation design service. $2,000 – Fashion company STYLIGHT GmbH, owner of the matching .com. $5,000 – Adventist Media Network $3,140 – Auction Nation. I imagine the domain stands for ‘Real Estate Nation’. $13,000 – Shoe company Greats, which has been using $3,995 – Optimal Medicine Ltd in London $777 – Rockville Bank in South Windsor, Connecticut, which is merging with United. $1,495 – Coxco general contractors in Garland, Texas.