Joseph Peterson takes a look at the past week in the expired domain name market.
There has been some discussion this past year among domain investors about the market outlook for .NET domains. Traditionally, .NET has played second fiddle to .COM for the most part, and some predict that wave after wave of new TLD releases can only erode .NET’s position. Just last week, a DNW reader expressed the view that “.NET is slowly dying”. Not everyone shares that opinion, however, as witnessed by NameJet’s $8.7k auction of Pink.net, which received 178 bids from 140 bidders. Few brand names are as vivid as “Pink”; and when a concise, versatile name in .COM is unobtainable / unaffordable, many of us will happily brand our internet ventures with .NET instead.
Tempting as it is to write a page or two on .NET and the future TLD landscape, I’ll shut up. Another NameJet auction, SmartSell.com ($2.5k), was a smart buy. Owners are usually unfamiliar with the ins and outs of selling big-ticket items such as houses, boats, fine art, domains, websites, or companies. They worry about making bad selling decisions; so some sort of expert is usually involved. Such experts will find SmartSell.com reassuring to clients. For a broker or salesman, trust means money.
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You’ll notice that the Namejet table is rather short this week – only 14 domains. My data is never comprehensive, since to track an outcome independently at NameJet I must obligate myself as a bidder; and I’d prefer not to risk purchasing dozens of unwanted domains should the higher bidders back out of payment. Actually, this past week I was following another 181 of the most active NameJet auctions; but those turned out to be non-expired domains, which I avoid reporting. Most didn’t meet the owners’ reserves anyhow.
Could GoDaddy’s $6.9k auction of Dilou.com refer to the Tunisian Minister of Human Rights and government spokesman, Samir Dilou? I’m not sure what’s going on with TransNeft.com, which has been advertising itself for sale since 2000 – most recently with an asking price of $6k – and which just received bids up to $5.5k, just shy of its 14-year asking price. Archive.org has screen shots aplenty, but I didn’t see any developed content during that period. Still more peculiar is the $4.3k high bid for a 1-year old SaudiApps.info.
StockValuation.com ($3.9k) – now there’s a domain that has some bearing on the market. Financial topics tend to be worth something. GotMoney.com ($2.9k) is another example. Even StockTrading.info pulled in $1.1k. Another .INFO, Battery-Life.info ($3.6k), was developed with presumably enough information on phone and laptop charging to overcome the hyphen and TLD. As for PhimVu.com ($2.6k), well, as I’ve pointed out for 3 weeks in a row, if it sells for 4 figures at GoDaddy and looks like transliterated Vietnamese, then it’s almost certainly pornography.
Wisdom.co ($1.5k) is the sort of short, big-topic word that I personally like in .CO. Even shorter, Calia.com ($1.6k) is a good neologism (and first name) already in use by at least a handful of brands ranging from hair care to furniture. HempWear.com ($1.1k) will find a cannabis clothing market ready and waiting. And it’s hard to go wrong with SellHemp.com at $57. Apart from its literal use in dating, TheMatchMaker.com ($1.1k) is a good match for brokers of any sort. A real estate agent could really stand out with this domain.
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You can tell purely from the naming style that PenumbraBlackPlague.com ($611) and Penumbra-Overture.com ($601) are first-person shooter or RPG video games. RobinsNest.com ($1.3k) is infected with malware, according to my browser. If the buyer of Clan.co ($710) intends to see that brand succeed in the USA, then he may find KKK racism gets in the way – notwithstanding the fact that “clan” has a much older meaning in Scotland and is already used in gaming. Hopefully not.
Puns are a funny thing. Sometimes we like ’em. Other times … Let’s just say that nothing has surpassed UpUpAndAGay.com from 3 weeks ago. This week we’ve got Triabetes.com ($345), which I’d rather not try; SportOf.com ($205), which I’d sort of give a sporting chance; HareRaiser.com ($82) for scary rabbit rearing; SoreWinners.com ($105), who complain even while bragging; and Filmenator.com ($95), which is as Hollywood and tongue-in-cheek as Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. We tend to forget that the Beatles were a bad pun, yet that didn’t stop the Fab5.com ($404). Wait, that’s another!
Not all imitation is flattering or sincere. Christies.co ($71) may legitimately belong to some Christie other than the famous auction house operating the .COM, but it’s hard to argue that AmericanApparel.co ($31) bears no relation to the trademarked clothing company.
A few nTLD registries have told us to GetRidOf.com ($177), although the public doesn’t seem to listen very well. Looks like Khmer-Buzz.com ($476) will continue to buzz with or without Khmer.buzz, which so far isn’t registered. MakesYouThink.com ($127).
ChristianTherapists.com was undervalued at $193, since almost everybody prefers to open up to those who share the same values or world view. For any Sufi ($175), SufiBlog.com would be an attractive domain. SzechuanChinese.com ($105) fits scads of restaurants, but I wonder how reliably we’d spell “Szechuan”. PaginaDePoker.com (“Poker Page”) was dirt cheap at $50.
Most of you are familiar with collage, the art of splicing together visual fragments. And you’ve probably seen its opposite, Decollage.org ($55), a tearing away to reveal underlying layers. But are you familiar with the related craft of PaperPiecing.com ($168). It can look like this.