This week’s Expired Domain Report from Joseph Peterson has close to 150 expired domain name auctions from last week. As always, some of the prices paid are head-scratchers.
One thing organizations are good at … is dropping the ball. Take this week’s top-selling expired domain auction, for instance.
MobiLoans.com seems to have purchased MobileLoans.com in December, 2011. Last April, the domain expired; and now NameJet has sold it for a whopping $30k. Although there were 126 bids from 56 bidders, only two were competing beyond $6,500. My hunch is that MobiLoans, LLC, found itself bidding against someone who wanted to sell their former domain back to them for even more than $30k.
But that wasn’t the only expired auction at NameJet last week:
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Canan.com has a surprising number of end users for a domain I first interpreted as a typo for the Biblical land of milk and honey. It’s a Turkish TV show, a law firm, a Gaelic language service / graphic design agency (rolled into one), a photographer, and the Christian Association of Nigerian Americans.
Those are some aggressive dictionary words: Fearsome.com + Taking.com.
Notice the LLLL .NET for $2k … an LLLL and LLL .ORG within $1 of each other at $777 … an NNNN .CC over $1k … and 4 LLLL .COMs between $210 and $966. Short domains have had a good week.
At GoDaddy, I could barely take a step without tripping over LLLL .COMs with active bidding. Selecting domains based on their mid-auction bids, I ended up with 255 / 802 = 32% domains that happened to be 4-letter .COMs this week. That’s unusual.
My lists are never comprehensive — meaning they leave out whatever I don’t look at. Some auctions become active while I’m not paying attention; and I miss those. Even so, my sampling turned up 5 LLLL .COMs at GoDaddy that sold in the $401 – $1035 range, another 28 from $150 – $307, and 54 more above $100. The top 100 of those LLLL.com’s had a median price of $115 and a mean of $163.
For the most part, these weren’t CVCV’s or domains following other patterns beloved by domainers. On the contrary, DZPM.com + GQPX.com + JLSQ.com surpassed $1000 between them. That too is unusual.
Normally, if someone suddenly dumps a large inventory on the market, prices are diluted. Instead I saw an increase in quantity of domains, an increase in bids, and an increase in prices. Some of you probably noticed the same phenomena.
GoDaddy’s big sale, however, was an anti-Google domain: Scroogle.org. Raymond Hackney pointed out earlier this week that the domain was once an ad-free Google alternative, relinquished by the owner due to DDOS attacks, among other things. I have wondered whether the auction might have been a bidding war between Google and Microsoft, since the latter operates Scroogled.com — another anti-Google domain.
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What have we got here? A $4k plumber domain that wasn’t .PLUMBING. Three Mother’s Day domains between $405 and $449, two of which were 4 words long. BookFetish.org versus ObsoleteTheBook.com. $230 wasted on misspelled “coffe”. Ooooooouch.com! ($200) We’ve also got Andy Griffith, tornado hockey, a lightning rifle unmade in China, and oxymorons such as OrangeApple.com and MediaSoul.com.
My favorites were FeelGreat.com, OpportunityAwaits.com, Historic.net, Balkanika.com, FactorySupply.com, Solarise.com, YesMusic.com, and Chimed.com. Maybe the best deal was InsideForex.com at $100 — much cheaper than the $1713 paid for FXBook.com.
Now for next week … Interweb.com is sure to get some notice. I’m also curious about TheVillas.com, given the “Villas” brand portfolio Andrew Allemann has documented.
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|AuctionBlowouts.com||NJ Pre||BlazeOfGlory.com||NJ Pre|
|Carlo.com||NJ Pre||CityCrawl.com||NJ Pre|
|DivorceLaw.net||NJ Pre||Dorkies.com||NJ Pre|
|MerchantCard.com||NJ Pre||NameHeat.com||NJ Pre|
|VeganFoods.com||NJ Pre||VegetarianGuide.com||NJ Pre|
|ZIY.org||NJ Pre||Zozos.com||NJ Pre|
Waibo.com is also very important. In case you didn’t know, Weibo.com (with an “e”) is a Chinese website ranked #17 in Alexa.