NameJet Expired Domain Report

Joseph Peterson’s weekly review of expired domain name sales at NameJet.

Supply and demand do yield predictable results in the domain market, as with other markets. DataTrack.com was NameJet’s top expired sale last week at $8.9k. And was that price achieved because the brand name has a nice ring to it? Yes, in part. Was it because tracking data is crucial for our information age? Yes, that too. Was it because naming pressure will lead someone some day to inevitably choose this name? Yes, I’d say so.

But apart from the domain’s intrinsic or speculative value, it’s simply a case of 1 lady being fought over by multiple suitors. At least 5 “Data Track” websites Click to continue reading…

DropCatch offers name-your-own-price bulk backorders

Service lets customers place backorders for as little as $15.

DropCatch.comExpired domain name service DropCatch.com has launched a beta test of a discount club for customers who backorder a lot of domain names.

DropCatch’s standard minimum price is $59 for a backorder. Under the new program, bulk customers can bid anywhere from $15-$58. If more than one bulk customer places an order and DropCatch catches it, the highest initial bid wins out. There are no auctions.

There’s a bit of a catch: bulk bids below $59 are at the end of the line to get the domain name. If any DropCatch customer places a regular $59 backorder, it trumps the discounted bulk order. Also, with the standard pricing, corporate partners (such as HugeDomains, owned by the same people that own DropCatch) don’t compete. With bulk pricing, an order by a corporate partner such as HugeDomains trumps the bulk bid.

More details, including how to join the Discount Club, are available on DropCatch’s blog.

Expired Domain Name Report

Joseph Peterson provides and in-depth review of the past week in the expired domain name market.

And now for something completely different … Instead of a Chinese domain like the $62k giant that towered over the previous week’s expired auctions – evidence of what’s newest and most energetic in today’s domain market – this week NameJet presents us with something old fashioned. Insurance1.com was the top result, weighing in at a lighter $5.2k. Click here to continue reading…

(Some of) May’s top NameJet sales

Joseph Peterson takes a look back at the past month on NameJet.

Each month, NameJet disseminates its list of domain auctions that closed above $2,000, and various domain blogs publish that list basically as is. Personally, I’ve tried to dig a bit deeper, grouping sold domains by type and providing month-to-month statistics on overall market-place performance. Unfortunately, that approach is too time consuming; so I’m reverting to a simpler list format.

That said, I like to chew data before swallowing. And I can’t help noticing something the other bloggers apparently haven’t batted an eyelid at: NameJet’s list for May 2015 is suspiciously small. If NameJet really only finalized 41 transactions above $2,000, then May would be the platform’s worst month since it began reporting exactly 4 years ago in June 2011. Prior to this, the slowest 2 months on record had 49 and 58 sales above $2k respectively; and that was in 2011. Recently, we’ve witnessed NameJet’s strongest period – 5 consecutive months that handled between 94 and 148 sales above $2k.

So what can explain the sudden drop off from an average of 116.2 sales >$2k each month to just 41 – declining by a factor of 3? Human error. I know for a fact that NameJet’s list is missing domains because names I myself purchased during that period are absent. Also, my own records (which aren’t complete) show 75 auctions ending in May above $2k. A few of those would be expected to close in June, but some late April sales would have closed in May. During the last 10 days of April alone, there were 38 NameJet sales at or over $2k.

At any rate, we have half a list from NameJet. And it’s quite interesting. 3 of the top 4 sales are LLL.com domains, which will surprise nobody who has been watching the market of late. Yet these aren’t necessarily the LLL variety that most interests China. They’re vowel-laden, pronounceable, and meaningful in Western languages. EXX.com ($30k) strongly suggests the “ex” prefix found in such words as “exchange”. And VEO.com ($36.1k) is Spanish for “I see” – one of the best words for Spanish branding that I can think of.

Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $
VEO.com 36,100 EXX.com 30,000
DailyLottery.com 25,101 KEO.com 25,000
FiletMignon.com 19,000 1085.com 18,200
3960.com 10,600 3920.com 10,600
6674.com 10,200 TaxShelter.com 9566
4782.com 9500 1443.com 9377
1403.com 8850 BusinessRadio.com 8792
1435.com 8650 4061.com 7280
JZ.tv 6800 CouncilBluffs.com 5866
SafeBanking.com 5200 WLWL.com 5020
PZ.tv 5000 Utah.tv 4999
Ohio.tv 4800 9NN.com 4520
Illinois.tv 4450 BusinessWear.com 4102
GUSA.com 4100 OOOA.com 3055
MaoMa.com 2805 TOHE.com 2700
TEMY.com 2700 Kechi.com 2620
Laona.com 2521 01D.com 2510
TEJO.com 2500 TMCS.com 2377
EXIF.org 2222 Pilot.org 2190
CStar.com 2100 II4.com 2009
WagyuSteaks.com 2000

China is certainly to be found behind the 9 NNNN.com sales above. Our high of $18.2k is an outlier, since 8 of the 9 fall within the more circumspect range of $7.3k to $10.6k. Chinese bidders would be involved in the 7 LLLL.com sales as well, which ranged as high as $5k for the repeating pattern WLWL.com.

Yes, it’s also China buying CCC.com’s such as 9NN.com ($4.5k) and pinyin like MaoMa.com ($2.8k). What may surprise some readers, however, is the interest some Chinese buyers take in LL.tv domains. JZ.tv ($6.8k) and PZ.tv ($5k) eclipsed a trio of U.S. state TV domains – just barely, since the latter 3 fetched $4.8k to $5k apiece.

Within this partial NameJet list, China obviously predominates. If the company hasn’t yet hired a bevy of fluent Chinese speakers, perhaps it’s time they mirror that de facto customer base of theirs. Be that as it may, there are plenty of domains selling at NameJet that have nothing to do with China.

Money is the underlying theme of half the top half dozen English domains: DailyLottery.com ($25.1k), TaxShelter.com ($9.6k), and SafeBanking.com ($5.2k). We also see a pair of domains sharing the keyword “business” – once as a brandable in BusinessRadio.com ($8.8k) and once as a more descriptive category phrase in BusinessWear.com ($4.1k).

Apart from .TV, the only non-.COM extension to figure in this chart is .ORG, which placed EXIF.org and Pilot.org – both at $2.2k. It’s amazing how much market appetite there is for beef. Not only did FiletMignon.com elicit $19k; even WagyuSteaks.com was ordered up at $2k. Is it a coincidence that most auctions happen around lunch time when Americans are hungriest?

Embrace.com at $18.9k and other expired domain name sales

A weekly roundup of expired domain name sales at NameJet.

As a branding consultant, I love this week’s top seller: Embrace.com ($18.9k). It means so much more than a hug. When we “embrace change”, we’re not giving the future a cuddle. If we “embrace challenges”, we’re not being squeezed by Grandma; we’re Davids slaying Goliaths. The word “embrace” is positive, courageous, and social. … And I hate Elliot Silver for buying it instead of me! Oh, well. Click to continue reading…