This week’s Expired Domain Report

A weekly wrap of expired domain name sales.

Roughly half a dozen auctions at NameJet outperformed LoveDay.com ($3.6k) during the past week – by as much as a factor of 10 in the case of DogCare.com ($37k). These included the usual crop of LLL.com’s; an LL.tv; and another 5-figure NNNN.com, which was the category that topped our chart last time. In these weekly articles, however, I do my best to exclude seller-managed auctions for domains that don’t go through the automatic expiration cycle. LoveDay.com ($3.6k) emerged as the top result after the rest were filtered out. Significant NameJet sales of non-expired domains will show up in my monthly review pieces, where no such distinction is made. Click here to continue reading…

Expired domain name report: 1280.com for $26k and more

Joseph Peterson’s weekly roundup of expired domain name sales.

The sadist in me contemplates a cruel reality TV show in which some unsuspecting person answers a knock on the door to find a camera crew pointed right at him. “John Q. Public, you’ve just won $26,010!” Rubbing the sleep from his eyes, he sees a beaming fashion model holding out to him a cartoonish bag of money. Then, just as our surprised victim reaches for that bulging prize, Alex Trebek blurts out: “Wait a sec! You let the domain expire over 10 bucks? Never mind. Come along guys; we’re done here.” And the camera crew slinks grumblingly away with the cash. Click here to continue reading…

Recapping NameJet’s hot domain name sales month

NameJet had another strong month in April. Here’s a look at its results.

As measured by the number of domain name sales closing at or above $2,000, so far 2015 is shaping up to be NameJet’s best year. Out of 47 months on record, just 8 have racked up 100 or more $2k+ sales. During 2014, no month saw 100 sales; yet 3 of the past 4 months are among those 8. March totaled 94, which is just shy. February set the all-time record.

April’s high sale $32,220 is not as striking as we’ve often seen. (March more than quadrupled that figure.) NameJetActually, as monthly highs go, $32.2k is smack dab in the middle – 23rd from the top out of 47 recorded months. It would rank 8th among the past 12. The TLD distribution is also typical: 5 .NETs and 4 .ORGs, leaving 107 .COMs. Nothing else. Click here to continue reading…

Expired domain name results: Wangan.com $13k, Floridian.com $11k and more

Joseph Peterson reviews the past week of expired domain name sales at NameJet.

The usual suspects are at it again – China and the USA. During the past week, NameJet saw a $13.9k auction finish for Wangan.com, which formerly belonged to a Chinese manufacturer of electrical fire places that managed $9 million in assets, a 646,000 square-foot factory, and 380 employees. Said the company: “We are powerful in manufacturing and researching”. Aye, but less so in paying $10 renewal fees. Although the buyer is Chinese, other bidders might have favored a Japanese meaning. For Wangan is also a Tokyo road infamous enough for street racing that it apparently features in video games. Click here to continue reading…

Expired Domain Name Roundup including Moviez.com for $11k

Joseph Peterson reviews the past week in domain name sales at NameJet.

At some point, yours truly will stop pointing out the fault line between Chinese and Western domain sales in these charts, inasmuch as I’m beginning to sound like a broken record! Still, for the benefit of those readers who are just now joining us, I’ll reiterate: Week after week, domain auctions at NameJet are dominated by purchases addressing either the U.S. or the Chinese market; and it’s always a tossup which group will occupy the top spot.

This week, among the bigger expired domain sales, China shows up at #2 with BIAO.net. That $5.4k price tag is higher than might be expected for a Pinyin .NET. What’s the underlying story here? Apparently, 表 (biao), which is used in various composite terms, means “watch” and “surface”. It’s this Chinese word that probably inspired the Biao skin-cream brand, based in Houston, Texas. So was the auction a tug-of-war between a U.S. brand that took its cue from Chinese culture and China itself seeking to reclaim its word? If so, then China pulled harder. Click here to continue reading…