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So far, most new TLD registries are pricing their domains at a big premium to .com. Will that limit registration numbers?
We’re starting to get a better idea of how new top level domain name registries are going to price domain names. It appears many are taking the .TV approach, essentially pricing out any value domainers can get from registering the domains and selling them (if there is much value to capture to begin with).
We’re also seeing niche domain priced quite high by some registries.
Consider .build, which estimates that “basic” .build domain names will retail for $99.
How many domain registrations can .build realistically expect to get? Is 10,000 registrations a realistic goal?
Depending on its overhead, that wouldn’t be a bad business. That’s about $1 million a year, with perhaps $600,000 going to the registry.
The bogey in all of this is defensive registrations. It’s possible that construction companies will pay $99 to keep their names out of the hands of others. If that’s the case, then the number could be much higher.
What do you think? At $99, how many registrations do you think an industry term like .build will get?
Rutgers University buys a .net and other end user domain name sales.
I’m now caught up on end user sales reports due to the Thanksgiving holiday. This report is for sales made by GoDaddy/Afternic two weeks ago.
It’s interesting to see three sales of $9,999, suggesting that either the buyers had a four figure price limit or the sellers faced some sort of syndication/listing/escrow limit.
AutoLeader.com $1,087 – Auto Leader care dealership in Baltimore, which uses AutoLeaderOnline.com for its web address.
GlassPartitions.com $9,999 – The owner of Officepartitions.com.
BoomTruckCrane.com $1,188 – Crane and boom truck dealer Crane Works
FireAlarmCable.com $1,499 – WesBell Electronics Inc
Pavlus.com $9,999 – Pavlus Travel in Albuquerque, which has been using PavlusTravel.com.
SafeHomes.org $1,588 – Florida Baptist Children’s Homes
ITdept.com $1,200 – Outsourced ITD company TeksInc. (This was a good buy)
PatientBilling.com $4,000 – Healthcare receivables company Mnet Financial
DeckTiles.com $9,999 – Advantage Lumber in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.
HigherEducationSolutions.com $1,000 – Edfinancial Services, LLC.
Unified.org $3,300 – United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland
StudentLoanLaw.com $2,399 – Lee Bankruptcy in Hurst, Texas
EscoLabs.com $1,037 – Esco, a lab products company that uses ESCOglobal.com for its web address.
SonomaBungalow.com $3,000 – California Wine Tours in Napa
Rutgers.net $2,750 – Rutgers University
RecruitingAcademy.com $1,000 – Recruiting Institute in Netherlands, which uses the EU ccTLD RecruitingInstitute.eu.
An expensive .co purchase is among Sedo’s big end user domain name sales.
Sedo sent out its weekly domain name sales report last week, but due to the U.S. holiday I’m a week behind. Here’s the list, with format domain price – buyer.
Yumda.com $1,000 – Yumbda.de, a site about the food and beverage industry.
TungstenElectrodes.com $750 – WeldingMaterialSales.com tungsten electrodes are used in welding.
Mozart.co $21,000 – Needly, Inc., a company owned by Fred Krueger, one of the founders of new TLD applicant Top Level Domain Holdings.
SouthCarolinaStateFair.com $4,888 – The South Carolina State Fair, which uses the domain SCStateFair.org.
TryItNow.com $4,000 – A Mark Monitor client
ArtemisDigital.com $1,995 – Artemis Group, a Paris company that owns the domain name GroupeArtemis.com.
C-Change.com $9,750 – Criterion Advisory, a technology consulting firm. (Heck of a price!)
Epilation-Laser.com $3,495 – Lazeo, a French laser hair removal firm. They do not own the non-hyphenated version.
MailChinp.com $3,500 – email marketing company MailChimp bought this typo.
CertCloud.com $1,970 – CertCloud Limited in Hong Kong. This appears to be a new company.
Interexport.com 700 EUR- a UK company launching soon that will offer technology platforms for international trade.
Posly.com 2,250 EUR – a Singapore company called Posly PTE LTD. I can’t find anything out about them.
Prodway.com $799 – Prodway International, a French food company that uses Prodway.fr.
MoneyMatters.biz $750 – Money Matters with Ken Moraif. They already own the .net, but not the .com.
BitCoin2014.com $1,200 – Bitcoin Foundation, a group working to streamline Bitcoin usage and transactions. I assume the domain name will be used for a conference.
ApexLearningVS.com $750 – Apex Learning, an online education site that uses the domain name ApexLearning.com.
Sophus.com 1,700 EUR – Sophus 3, a technology company using the domain name Sophus3.com.
ExclusiveConcierge.com $700 – Exclusive Tours s.r.o. of Czech Republic.
Panasonic spends $37,000 on domain name for its ToughPad tablets.
GoDaddy and Afternic sold $1.65 million worth of domain names the week before last, including the $37,000 sale of ToughPad.com to Panasonic.
Before jumping into the end user sales list, I’ll make a couple observations:
1. It seems lately I’ve been seeing handful of rehab/drug abuse end user sales on the list each week. You might want to look into these types of domain names.
2. BrandLicensing.com was the steal of the week at only $5,000.
OK, on to the list…
ToughPad.com $37,000 – Electronics giant Panasonic, seller of the ToughBook and Toughpad rugged computing devices. The domain was previously owned by a pet pharmacy company that sold a product for toughening pets’ paw pads.
HealthJobCentral.com $2,800 – AMI Healthcare, Inc, a healthcare company outside of Boston.
NewCricket.com $2,300 – a CSC client, most likely Cricket Communications/LEAP Wireless, which is being acquired by AT&T.
VirtualRecall.com $1,495 – Virtual Recall, a communications company for veterinarians that owns VirtualRecall.co.uk.
ExpoManager.com $2,588 – Magazine Manager, a company that sells software for managing magazine and newspaper businesses. I suspect they’re working on similar software for expos/trade conferences.
ThinkBigMedia.com $1,400 – New York company Think Big Media, which has been using ThinkBigMediaInc.com for its web address.
GopherGuys.com $1,000 – Southern California extermination firm Rodent Guys.
EducationNext.com $3,100 – Education Next, an education journal published out of Harvard. They use the matching .org.
CurtisTrailer.com $1,620 – Curtis Trailers, Inc. in Portland Oregon. They use the plural version CurtisTrailers.com.
BrandLicensing.com $5,000 – Global Icons, a brand licensing firm, bought the category killer domain a great price. They may have also bought BrandLicensingAgency.com for $1,477 (the whois on that domain hasn’t been updated.)
OrlandoTicketStore.com $1,300 – Resort Partners, a travel agency.
SoutheastBroadband.com $1,111 – UK boradband provider that also owns CarnsoreBroadband.com.
AcceleratedRecovery.com $1,250 – Alcohol abuse treatment provider Accelerated Recovery Centers.
EverShield.com $1,990 – Ultratech, which sells products for oil spill containment, stormwater management, and other related products. I assume EverShield will be the name of a new product.
Chairbot.com $2,500 – Wheelchair Cushion Sage, a site that sells wheelchair cushions.
RehabCenterReviews.com, BestRehabCenters.org, BestAddictionTreatments.com $5,000, $3,500, $4,000 – A Forever Recovery Rehabilitation Center in Battlecreek, Michigan.
AutoConnections.com $5,800 – Automotive Media Partners, LLC, which operates auto websites.
Intersped.com $2,000 – Logistics company Intersped Manolesos (UK) Limited, which owns Intersped.co.uk.
A29.com $3,900 – Acts 29, a religious group that owns A29.org.
RumCompany.com $3,000 – Island Company, a clothing company and store.
ConstructionDefects.org $3,000 – The Miller Law Firm, which may have bought it for its own use for lawsuits.
Yahoo! sells Sandwich.com for $137,500, and here’s the history behind 9 other domain names it sold at auction today.
Today Yahoo! sold domain names that it picked up by acquiring Broadcast.com, HotJobs.com, Overture, and many others.I have to admit, I’m a sucker for dot.com nostalgia. Watching the Yahoo! domain name auction on Sedo today brought back memories of flipping through The Industry Standard while updating bids on GoTo.com. (Yeah, I know most of these Yahoo! acquisitions happened after the .com bust, but don’t ruin my moment.)
The auction concluded with 10 sales. Here’s the history behind the domain names that sold.
CyberJokes.com ($4,100) – It’s a silly name, but this one came from a big acquisition: Mark Cuban’s Broadcast.com.
Sandwich.com ($137,500) – This was a headline domain, and it almost didn’t sell during the auction. Three different bidders participating at $75,000+. Sandwich.com also came with Broadcast.com.
Jumpcut.com ($11,500) – This was a website that provided free video editing and hosting services that Yahoo! acquired in 2006. It shuttered it in 2009. There are 768,000 Google search results for the domain. The Sedo parked page is one of the top results, probably because the domain resolved until just recently.
Sold.com.au ($15,600) – Yahoo! acquired Sold.com.au from the publisher of Sydney Morning Herald for $24 million in 2001.
Dialpad.com ($9,199) – this was a voice over IP company that went into bankruptcy in the .com bust, came out and raised more money, and then was acquired by Yahoo! in 2005.
PostaJob.com ($13,500) - this came with Yahoo!’s acquisition of HotJobs.com.
RecruitingHQ.com ($1,149) – Yahoo! picked this up when it acquired college sports network Rivals.com
Tesserae.com ($707) – this domain goes way back into the early part of GoTo.com, which later became Overture and was acquired by Yahoo!.
Vivas.com ($10,000) – Yahoo! acquired VivaSmart in 2000.
MaximumVisibility.com ($1,350) – I’m going to need to crowdsource an answer this one, as I can’t find much of a history for it. It would seem to be related to search engine placement.
(note: I grabbed the winning bids as best as I could, but let me know if you captured a different final price.)