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 ($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”, ($1.8k) is bound for a Chinese audience also, as are ($1.9k), ($713), and possibly 2 or 3 others among the shorter domains whose buyers haven’t yet been revealed. Click to seed more sales… 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, reigned supreme. This time it’s ($19.5k), a county in Henan province or (alternatively) a district of Yinchuan city.

The phrase 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 ($6.9k) to ($3.8k) and ($3.2k). We can extend that list still further if we go beyond exact matches to point-of-purchase e-commerce domains like ($3.1k) and ($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.


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:, and more

Joseph Peterson reviews recent expired domain name sales at NameJet.

My first thought when seeing NameJet’s $5.4k auction for 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, ($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, since the amount is well above market averages for CVCV .NET domains; and simply forwards to a Chinese website. One possible buyer would be popular video service Hulu, which owns (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, sold for $C00. (C=12, and $2700 = 12 x 15^2.) Click here to continue reading…

Expired Domain Report: 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 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: Typographically speaking, it is the “shortest” (most compressed) such a domain can get.

When I look at ($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 $ 5000 2600 2300 Affilliate
2000 1710 1700 1603 1520 1510 1433 1300 1211 1210 1210 1108 1100 909 900 900 890 830 799 720 673 610 610 605 600 600 591 504 488 463 430 430 401 387 NewYork
360 351 350 341 International
310 300 300 295 242 232 130 129 109 80 79 79
77 71 69 Nothing to See Here

Considering how important affiliate programs are to business online, got off easy at $2k. I might even say the same for ($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 ($360).

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

Auctions like the one for ($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. ($890) reminds me of, which sold last week. And while ($310) may look a bit clunky to seasoned domain investors, I still hear people outside the industry talk about “web domains”. ($610) hints at, the Mexican market for financial derivatives. Meanwhile, ($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 ($430)!