Over 200 expired domain auction prices in this week’s Expired Domain Report.
In a parallel universe, I would be typing this article from a Mango computer rather than a breed of Apple. Still, mangos have proliferated on this planet beyond Darwin’s definition of success. “Mango” trademarks abound for products / services as diverse as beauty salons, audio recordings, fertilizers, lead generation, secured access cards, language instruction, and baby strollers. Maybe one of those “Mango” brands — or any number of others — will end up owning Mango.net, which reached $6k at GoDaddy Auctions last week.
Along with MagicalFruit.com ($120), technology spreads and evolves too. One conspicuous symbol of tech progress during the past few years would be unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), a.k.a. “drones”. Drones are a splendid way to kill Pakistani civilians without a declaration of war, and Amazon has attracted news coverage for its plans to deliver merchandise by drone to customers. As consumers begin shopping for drones of their own, online reviews gain importance. No surprise, therefore, seeing DroneReviews.com reach $3k…
Once technology is absorbed by society, the lingo used by early adopters can become antiquated. We’ve seen the “www.” vanish from domains and browsers. Teens these days were born into the “world wide web”. So, while parents might refer to kids as “cyber teens”, those teens would probably find the designation dated. Back in 1996, some of those parents were teenagers themselves; and if they visited CyberTeens.com at the time, they’d have found a cutting-edge website. These days, I’m afraid, that 18-year-old brand name CyberTeens.com ($2.8k) can only be plausibly used for porn, targeting a libidinous older generation that still “surfs the web” or dials up “cyberspace”. Plants, technology, and connotations are constantly evolving.
OnlineWebDirectory.org is equally dated but also redundant, lengthy, and in the wrong extension; so its $2k sales price must be based on residual back links. Time to put some outdated domains in moth balls up in the Attic.net ($650)!
ScienceCentric.com fetched a decent retail price, as did DomainsWorld.com (both $2.1k). Domainers rarely pay up for domains about domains. While I like this one, I prefer the non-resolving singular: DomainWorld.com. As for Robar.com, I wouldn’t call it a steal; but $2.3k would be quite affordable for established companies like RobarGuns.com or RobarIndustries.com. (At first, I assumed a Spanish-language site with tips for burglars. Probably not the right idea.)
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Prices diverge widely when it comes to 5-digit .COMs — as low as $35 and as high as $2k during the same week. In between, most of this last week’s items fell in the lower ranges ($47, $61, $151 at GoDaddy). Numerous backorders are placed on numericals each week at NameJet, most going no higher than the minimum $59 or $69. But in past weeks we’ve seen higher at both venues. DropCatch.com currently has three 5-digit and three 6-digit .COMs in multi-bidder auctions, as well as a 4-digit .NET. Since they only have 42 auctions, that’s 1 out of 6.
Several 3-character .COM sales appeared this week: VH5.com ($660), U9B.com ($355), VT0.com ($354), and H7O.com ($190). Chemistry’s not my strong suit, but I don’t think those atoms add up. Neither does 00DU.org at $710. That’s a .ORG, and those are zeros. Anybody with any explanation?
This past week, I was struck by the number of expiring domains related to African Americans. LangstonBlackFilmFest.org was named in honor of poet Langston Hughes and goes back at least as far as 2004. Hopefully they’re still going strong under a shorter domain name. AfricanAmericanOpinion.com ($188) makes sense for polling or consumer research. BlackFitnessBlog.com ($95) is a head scratcher, though. Muscle has no skin color.
EcotourismBlog.com at $215 is a promising buy for a worldwide industry. Other bargain purchases include DebtRepair.org ($74), which is a good TLD choice; PetHabitats.com ($120); CustomProgrammer.com ($160); and a shippable product, SteeringWheelSkins.com ($162). StressTest.net ($151) applies to an expensive process critical to engineering safety. InternationalAccreditation.org ($92) may be 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 syllables long, but it’s really an irreducible 2-word topic — and an important one. The .COM also expired, but I didn’t see the auction price. Apparently less desirable, the .NET received no bids.
Pigiame.com ($204) probably targets the Kenyan classifieds site, Pigiame.co.ke. SoloTreni.net ($155) is Italian for “just trains”. LaVerdadTaqueria.com ($251) isn’t just a taco stand; it’s “the truth”. I suppose WindAway.com ($155) could be flatulence medication, windbreaker jackets, retractable cords, or wind turbine protest groups. No idea which.
NameJet’s $4.7k domain ADEA.com may apply either to dentists (based on the .ORG) or the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. IndustryWatch.com ($3.5k) is a solid brand name for research-driven institutional investors. FreeTrades.com ($1.1k) would be a great inducement for individual investors to sign up for a service — day traders especially. AmericanAngel.com ($193) applies to investors of a very different kind … or to philanthropists.
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TheServer.com ($2.2k) begs to be used. Task.co ($2.8k) follows the pattern of short dictionary words selling in .CO. BeeFarm.com ($921) ought to appeal to bee keepers. Venue.org ($1.4k) is a great brand name for the performing arts. For that purpose, .ORG is entirely appropriate. Other strong brand names include StudyWorks.com ($898), MegaTraffic.com ($343), UndergroundMarket.com ($310), and Ziros.com ($218).
FoodAddicts.com ($450) seems like a good buy to me. It’s probably a genuine condition. But with epidemic obesity, a massive number of people would prefer to view themselves as food addicts rather than exercise. Dieting is a $20,000,000,000-per-year industry in the USA, and there is always money in flattery.
Last week’s best domain purchase, in my opinion, was AVenda.com. That’s Portuguese for “for sale”. At just $1,750, this domain was a true bargain. Brazil is the 7th largest economy in the world — surpassing Russia, Canada, India, and Australia.
P.S. If you want to LearnToWheelie.com ($125), I’d begin with Mitchell and Webb.