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Donuts’ domain names continue to spill onto the domain name market.
Yesterday four new Donuts domain names came off of “Early Access Pricing” and became available for standard registration prices.
I could tell this one was getting traction because Network Solutions was promoting it much like it did .guru. It’s a fairly solid generic.
Pricing is in Donuts’ lowest pricing tier, so .tips domains will typically run you about $20-$25. NameCheap, which I found to have the lowest new TLD pricing, offers the domain names for $16.88.
Based on zone files, .tips added 6,879 on its first partial day of general availability. There are now more than 8,000 .tips domains registered.
.Enterprises is similar to Donuts’ other domain names .holdings and .ventures. It’s priced cheaper, though, falling in the second tier. It will set you back around $30-$40 at most registrars. It’s $24.88 at NameCheap.
The domain picked up 946 registrations yesterday and now has 1,207. The numbers are in line with what .holdings did out of the gate.
This is a true niche domain. A handful of jewelry companies have registered .diamonds domain names so far, but most of the registrations are descriptive (e.g. rare.diamonds, fine.diamonds).
.Diamonds is in Donuts’ highest price tier and will set you back $50-$70 at most registrars. NameCheap has it for $39.98.
The zone picked up 839 yesterday for a total of 1,151 registrations.
Whenever I hear this top level domain name the only thing that comes to mind is fantastic.voyage. I suppose it’s actually targeted to the travel industry.
It’s in the top tier of pricing, just like Diamonds.
The zone file grew by 724 to 967 yesterday.
Michael Castello gives details behind blockbuster $3.1 million domain name sale.
Michael Castello (with his brother David known as “The Castello Brothers”) has sold the domain name Whisky.com for $3.1 million, DNJournal reported today.
This is a phenomenal sale. Michael Castello did a great job explaining how the sale came to be. Here are some of the highlights from my perspective:
* The buyer owns Whisky.de. ccTLD owners still want the .com version of their domain names.
* The sale bests Roy Messer’s 2006 sale of Vodka.com. That was back in the good ole’ days, but even then it seemed like an outlier. A lot of people (myself included) thought people were crazy for asking similar prices for their liquor domain names.
* Given the two common spellings of whisky and whiskey, this sale is even more impressive.
* You know that blog TorontoDomainer.com? The owner made $310,000 off of this sale by helping to broker the domain. Not only that, but Toofun from TorontoDomainer.com got to know Michael Castello because Michael reached out to him when he was in Toronto. This shows the power of relationships. Even when you’re not sure what someone can do for you, it’s worth establishing relationships.
What an incredible feel-good story.
Auction at Sedo closes with 15 domain names meeting their reserve.
The .Club Winter Olympics-themed auction on Sedo has closed with 15 domain names selling.
Most of the domain names had reserves near the low end of their reserve ranges, putting them within reach of bidders.
The top sale was IceHockey.club for $2,000.
The two domains with reserves $5,000 and up didn’t get close to their reserves. Snowboarding.club closed at $1,000, below its $5k-$10k range. Skiing.club closed at $1,200, below its $10k-$25k range.
Here’s a complete list of the sales:
List includes a dozen three letter .com domain names.
A Domain Name Wire reader spotted that the lineup for April’s Heritage Auctions domain name auction has been posted.
Although this list may be preliminary, it shows 103 domain names in the auction. It’s loaded with valuable domain names such as Tablets.com, Future.com, March.com, Digital.com, CorpusChristi.com, etc.
There are also a dozen three letter .com domain names. The list includes HP’s DEC.com, which is described as the fifth oldest domain name ever registered.
The list is solid. The big question that remains is what the reserve prices are.
The auction will conclude on April 9. It was pushed back slightly so it wouldn’t conflict with domain name conferences taking place in late March/early April.
Auction has bidders but no domains have hit their reserve yet.
The Olympic-themed .Club domain name auction going on at Sedo ends on Wednesday. So far no domain names have hit their reserve price.
I think there are three reasons that no domains have hit their reserves so far.
1. If you’re going to bid to win, you wait until the last minute. You wouldn’t bid up the price a day in advance.
2. The auction has special requirements. Because the .Club sunrise period just began, if you win a domain now it could be taken back in sunrise. It can also be taken back due to name collisions. These are unlikely scenarios, but it means you have to fill out a separate bidder agreement. Adding friction to the bidding process reduces the number of bidders. It certainly makes it difficult to bid if you learn about the auction late.
3. Some of the reserves are rather high. Very few domains in any new extension will sell for more than $1,000. If .club takes off then domains like Snowboard.club and Skate.club might be worth more than a grand. But making that bet now is very risky unless you have definite plans to build out the domain. (Note: most domains have a reserve below $1,000.)