Here’s what sold at NameJet this past week

Joseph Peterson reviews the previous week’s expired domain name sales on NameJet.

China is perched at the top of our chart – same as last week. The high expired domain sale from NameJet was YuChu.com ($11.9k), which – if experience is any guide – probably has multiple meanings apart from being a proper name. In spite of its resemblance to the English word “symmetry”, SYMM.com ($1.8k) is bound for a Chinese audience also, as are WABB.com ($1.9k), SeHai.com ($713), and possibly 2 or 3 others among the shorter domains whose buyers haven’t yet been revealed. Click to seed more sales…

Xixia.com at $19k and other NameJet Expired Domain Name Sales

Reviewing the past week of expired domain name sales at NameJet.

China reclaims the top spot among this past week’s expired domain auctions at NameJet. For 12 out of the past 30 weeks, the top sale (out of the auctions I’ve covered) has been attributable to the Chinese domain market. Last week, CarAds.com reigned supreme. This time it’s Xixia.com ($19.5k), a county in Henan province or (alternatively) a district of Yinchuan city.

The phrase NewLogic.com suggests disruptive innovation. It’s edgy but feels right. At $12.6k, the name is more likely to brand the back side of jeans or consumer electronics than go to the intellectual heirs of Bertrand Russell.

Several exact-match, shippable-product domains did well – from clothing accessories such as Shawls.com ($6.9k) to ElectricHeaters.com ($3.8k) and PaperLanterns.com ($3.2k). We can extend that list still further if we go beyond exact matches to point-of-purchase e-commerce domains like CarpetSale.com ($3.1k) and BuyAmmo.com ($2.8k). Click here to see this week’s sales

A recap of NameJet’s record month

NameJet set a record during January with the most sales over $2k it has ever reported – 148 domain auctions in all. Its previous record was 131 sales back in December 2013. To put that in perspective, NameJet’s top month during all of 2014 scored only 105 sales; and its 2014 monthly mean was 78. Just 8 more sales, and the market place would have doubled last year’s average.

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At the same time, NameJet’s highest sale during January ($29.1k) was below average – ranking 24th out of 44 months on record. Last year, 11 out of 12 months outperformed that $29.1k high. The previous January climbed as high as $155.7k.

What do these seemingly contradictory numbers tell us? They show a consolidated upsurge in 4 and low 5-figure sales without the distraction of ultra-expensive outliers. In other words, a healthy market with high, stable valuations and few flukes. Click to continue reading…

NameJet Expired Domain Report: CarAds.com, MyDealer.com and more

Joseph Peterson reviews recent expired domain name sales at NameJet.

My first thought when seeing NameJet’s $5.4k auction for CarAds.com was of a road luxuriously winding along sea cliffs and the convertible traversing it filmed from a helicopter conveniently muted for the voice over. But used-car classifieds or dealership ad distribution are more likely business models for this domain.

Speaking of dealers, MyDealer.com ($2.8k) was the second-highest expired auction at NameJet to chart. Who knows what he deals in – cars, Caravaggios, cocaine, or cannabis?

I’m not 100% sure how to explain the $2.7k paid for HULI.net, since the amount is well above market averages for CVCV .NET domains; and HULI.com simply forwards to a Chinese website. One possible buyer would be popular video service Hulu, which owns HULU.net. (The “i” key sits adjacent to the “u”, which might make “HULI” a relatively frequent typo.) Much more interesting to me is the fact that Huli is a Papua New Guinean language that counts using a base-15 numeral system! In base 15, Huli.net sold for $C00. (C=12, and $2700 = 12 x 15^2.) Click here to continue reading…

Expired Domain Report: iiiii.com and more

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

Market value for repeating-character domains (on average) undergoes a stepwise descent as length increases. CCs outsell CCCs, which outperform CCCCs, which outclass CCCCCs. So, for instance, last week NameJet sold 4 LLL.com domains above $5k. However, as they weren’t part of the expired auction cycle, they’re not reported in this article. Instead what tops the chart at $5k is a repeating 5-letter domain: iiiii.com. Typographically speaking, it is the “shortest” (most compressed) such a domain can get.

When I look at Jibber.com ($2.6k), a miniature Mr. T pops up on my shoulder like a Disneyfied guardian angel admonishing me that less is more – i.e. “Quit your jibber jabber”, Joseph! The word actually derives from horses that would “jib” – meaning balk at an obstacle and “move restively sidewise or backward”. Such a nervous, recalcitrant animal was a jibber. By extension, somebody who jabbers on and on without moving forward … Oh, thanks, Mr. T; I get it now.

Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $
IIIII.com 5000 Jibber.com 2600
AviationSupply.com 2300 Affilliate
Marketing.com
2000
INTP.com 1710 SeeNewYork.com 1700
Accentia.com 1603 XOOB.com 1520
Goodbyes.com 1510 JustLaunched.com 1433
32688.com 1300 SendAPrayer.com 1211
BDNC.com 1210 GUAP.com 1210
MarketKing.com 1108 SecureWay.com 1100
SoftJob.com 909 WireSoft.com 900
WeedMaster.com 900 NameCreator.com 890
MediaCasting.com 830 PhotoPerfect.com 799
PTBank.com 720 36799.com 673
MexDer.com 610 DeepCold.com 610
Advocacy.net 605 3UX.com 600
BWeed.com 600 2SQ.com 591
PornStarVideos.com 504 Caola.com 488
OAZY.com 463 SLV.net 430
CookieLabs.com 430 XMGY.com 401
Candid.org 387 NewYork
ComedyClubs.com
360
EBUP.com 351 FWRC.com 350
AHNY.com 341 International
Stock.com
329
WebDomain
Brokers.com
310 IKUP.com 300
NewYorkPhotos.com 300 SVIO.com 295
56820.com 242 IPUC.com 232
DSBQ.com 130 SBWines.com 129
Catchers.net 109 Kuba.tv 80
GiftTags.net 79 333318.com 79
DentalWhitening
Kits.com
77 PubDates.com 71
BuyBonds.org 69 Nothing to See Here

Considering how important affiliate programs are to business online, AffiliateMarketing.com got off easy at $2k. I might even say the same for SeeNewYork.com ($1.7k), since it’s a tourist destination seen by about 54 million people annually. More than a few of them will be looking for NewYorkComedyClubs.com ($360).

Seeing JustLaunched.com ($1.4k) side by side with Goodbyes.com ($1.5k) warms the cockles of my black heart. After all the hubbub surrounding SendYourEnemiesGlitter.com, there may actually be more long-term demand – purely in a commercial sense – for SendAPrayer.com ($1.2k). After all, thanks to the greeting card business, Hallmark amassed $3.9 billion in 2013 revenue.

Auctions like the one for WeedMaster.com ($900) intrigue me because of bidders’ mixed motives. Even though there is a trademarked herbicide called “Weedmaster”, the name fits equally well with gardening equipment; and many domainers undoubtedly had in mind not weeds but weed – that is to say, cannabis. Against multiple, legitimate, competing but non-overlapping interests, that trademark is no protection. Nufarm, makers of the pesticide, ought to have bought the .COM.

NameCreator.com ($890) reminds me of NameBuilder.com, which sold last week. And while WebDomainBrokers.com ($310) may look a bit clunky to seasoned domain investors, I still hear people outside the industry talk about “web domains”.

MexDer.com ($610) hints at MexDer.com.mx, the Mexican market for financial derivatives. Meanwhile, BDNC.com ($1.2k) matches both a Swedish IT support site (on .SE) and a German professional organization (on .DE): Berufsverband Deutscher Neurochirurgen – the Professional Association of German Neurosurgeons. If anybody can afford this domain name, a horde of brain surgeons can.

Put me down as a guinea pig for the next experiment at CookieLabs.com ($430)!