This Week’s Expired Domain Name Report

Joseph Peterson reviews the past week of expired domain names sales, including a look at what’s happening in China after the stock bubble burst.

After the Chinese stock market began its downward spiral on June 15, domain investors and brokers began speculating about how the Chinese domain market would respond. For my part, I examined June sales above $2k at NameJet, looking for any short-term recoil among domain buyers. Now that July has given us 3 weeks of additional data, we can assess the market’s reaction since.

Expired domain auctions at NameJet cover a fairly wide, low-to-mid price range and include enough assets of interest to China that we’d expect evidence of market trends to be manifest. Moreover, these are neutral specimens. Sellers may suddenly dump more domains on the market or else freeze up, withholding their property until a more favorable time. But expired auctions aren’t subject to those confounding human impulses, since a domain name’s timing was determined at least a year in advance. Even the decision to renew a given domain or not would have preceded the Chinese market decline. That won’t be true after this 3-week window, which is why I’m making my examination now.

First of all, what has the Shanghai Composite Index been up to lately? Well, like any volatile underdamped system, it plunged below reality, then overshot a bit, and now seems to have stabilized – falling from about 5200 on June 15 … down to around 3400 by July 9 … and easing back up to 4000 as of July 22.

Meanwhile, what do we see at NameJet for the Chinese domain sector during July? Answer: Consistent strong performance in keeping with past months. During Week 1, China had the runner up with ($8.9k). During Week 2, China claimed the top spot: ($4.9k). And this past week, China again occupies second place – this time with an uncommonly expensive 5-digit numeric domain, ($4.0k). Each week has also seen several additional 4-figure sales of Chinese-style domains, not to mention strong wholesale outcomes below $1k.

What’s most significant isn’t the absolute price, since these values fluctuate most widely at the top, but rather the relative position of Chinese versus non-Chinese assets. If the Chinese domain market were losing ground, then we’d expect to see its favored categories slip behind. Yet we’re seeing the same neck-and-neck competition that I’ve described throughout the past year.

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But enough talk of China! You can identify the Chinese-category domains in these charts yourself and compare their prices over time. Whether the American buyer of ($5.0k) knows it or not, “glim” happens to be an archaic term for light, a candle, or lantern – a meaning that survives in our word “glimmer”. ($2.5k) is, of course, a word related to electricity. Its sound is angular and assertive, and it’s already being used as a brand name for solar backpacks.

You’ll recognize the lead singer of 80s band Van Halen in ($1.6k). ($1.7k) is what you might get after deducting web trolls from Youtube. In the case of ($1.0k), I’m not entirely sure how to read the domain – buying influence as lobbyists do? or electrical power? or purchasing power itself … with an accent on “BUY power” as opposed to “buy POWER”? Guess we’ll find out eventually, once the domain is developed.

Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $ 956 931 880 852 760 760 660 603 557 553 539 520 461 450 450 445 445 442 410 393 ($760) meant nothing to me … but a great deal to rugby fans. The International Rugby Board, which dates back to 1886, changed their name last year to “World Rugby”; and the “sevens” are a rugby style and league  (administered by the ex-IRB) whose games are played with 7 instead of 15 players. The form is internationally popular and will make its debut during the 2016 Olympics. ($410) is (unsurprisingly) French for “Indians”. ($603) should make a great brand name and/or lead generator for some marriage counselor out there. We’re looking at China again with a 6-digit numeric that sold for $760: Because of its repetition, it outsold several 5-digit domains, which came in at $539, $380, $170, and $160. However, a very similar 6-digit numeric – – fetched only $122. Bidding can be unpredictable.

Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $ 390 390 389 380 380 370 370 368 360 360 360 360 322 313 309 309 260 260 212 209

After ($520), the second highest .NET sale was ($389), followed by ($151). .ORG fared much better. Its LLL sale this week was ($2.1k). Perhaps that’s not a fair comparison, however, since “emo” is by now such a well known slang term for music and youth culture that South Park could devote an entire episode to distinguishing emos from goths. Even so, .ORG beat .NET with a 5-letter acronym ($1.5k), an NNN ($1.2k), and the hyphenated ($442). Some of these sales are explicable in terms of back links. Certainly ($370) would be. That website ran from 2006 onward; but it has expired whereas the American Israel Public Affairs Committee hasn’t stopped lobbying.

Society’s changing conditions are reflected by ($360) and ($309). ($212) corresponds to a South African company with a website built on .CO.ZA. ($360) clearly refers to a well known philanthropic organization, which manages $5 billion. Calling people ($260) implies perversion or evil; but, as a brand name, the domain could be used lightheartedly. And since the term is short and widely understood, I’d say that price was a bargain.

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Another bargain would be at just $70. Where prescriptions go money follows. Individuals with bipolar disorder are often described as ($143). That’s another bargain – and for the same reason. Speaking of money, ($150) puns deliciously on “cyborg”, wouldn’t you say? ($180) is both a surname and an Italian organization for tax consultants – L’Associazione Nazionale Consulenti Tributari. Meanwhile, is French for “my light”. French readers, please correct me if I’m wrong; but my assumption is that this can also be read as “my psychic”, along the lines of our English word “clairvoyant”.

I’m no psychic, but these aren’t ($2.7k). No, really. But here’s one who is.

Results from 100+ expired domain name auctions

Joseph Peterson reviews the past week in expired domain name sales.

Dilíu is Romanian for “madman”, which is what you’d have to be to believe sold for $4.9k for any reason other than China. In Chinese, dì liù means “sixth”; dī liú is a “trickle”; and dī liū would be to “carry”. While the domain remains under whois privacy, we can only be 99.9% sure of this rationale; but China is never absent from these charts, and expired Pinyin domains have recently sold as high as $62k. ($4.4k) was a close second among NameJet’s expired inventory last week. No joke, that auction closed while I was out with the GF buying a weed wacker! Life imitates domaining in uncanny ways. From 2004 to 2013, ($3.6k) was “a free web hosting site for blogs“. Now defunct. Click here to continue reading… at $12.7k and other Expired Domain Name sales

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

Not sure why the previous owner of permitted his domain to expire – illness perhaps? At any rate, after slipping into a coma, this 19-year-old was heroically resuscitated by the efforts of 151 NameJet bidders. Now, after an injection of $12,742, the kid’s got a new lease on life; but he’s leaving home.

Among expired domain auctions, the second highest result last week at NameJet was While that is the full name of many Chinese professionals, $8.9k would be above average for such personal names. Even for a celebrity, it would be expensive; so I wonder if “Hui Chen” holds some other generic meaning in Chinese. ($2.3k) might be a village; but when it comes to interpreting Pinyin as a non-speaker, I remain diffident. Click here to continue reading…

June’s NameJet Sales in Review: What about China?

Joseph Peterson reviews the past month of expired domain name sales.

Within the domain market, China has been a big hit; but recently China – meaning the Chinese stock market – took a big hit. Between June 15 and July 3, the Shanghai Composite Index plummeted from 5178 to 3630, losing 30% of its value in 2 weeks. Some investors who purchased domains linked to China are wondering what this means for the value of their assets. Buyers and sellers can speculate to their heart’s content. Those interested in facts will look closely at recent and upcoming sales data.

NameJet has been a major player where China-focused domains are concerned, selling them at high prices and in high volume. Therefore NameJet is a natural place to look for knock-on effects of the Chinese economic downturn. And? Click here to continue reading…

EDR: + 200 other expired domain name sales

Joseph Peterson reviews the past week of expired domain name sales in this Expired Domain Report.

Some time passed without China topping our list of expired domain auctions; first and then took 1st place – both English and U.S.-focused. This week China once again snags the tape at NameJet’s finish line, coming in 1st with ($9.0k). While it isn’t the $62k monster of 3 weeks prior, this sale nevertheless nearly doubles the price of its runner up. Click here to continue reading…