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 YuChu.com ($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”, SYMM.com ($1.8k) is bound for a Chinese audience also, as are WABB.com ($1.9k), SeHai.com ($713), and possibly 2 or 3 others among the shorter domains whose buyers haven’t yet been revealed.
Mainly, however, the high-end auctions were dominated by English. (A notable exception is Trazo.com ($1.9k), Spanish for a drawn line.) The next time you see a tiny placard on a desk or outside an office door, use that prop as a conversation starter to introduce bystanders to the notion of the domain market. Point to any name plate and casually mention that the .COM sold for $9.7k. And before eating that next sandwich, consider that the $4.2k sale of Bread.net shows that .NET isn’t yet dead.
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Many domainers like topics on the verge of going mainstream. Vaping is one such niche, and pun-loving investors obviously liked the name InnoVape.com ($2k). Someone had already laid claim to InnoVapeShop.com, but the site hasn’t launched. CoinTimes.com ($510) may be related to bitcoin, another favorite domainer topic.
Both GamerApp.com ($171) and especially WebsiteLoans.com ($197) were undervalued. Purely as a name, Coopoly.com ($80) is the best item in the list – a succinct blend of “monopoly” and its opposite, “cooperation”, with extra emphasis on “poly” = many instead of “mono” =one.
No matter how wholesomely you feed your NaturalDog.com ($1.4k), there’s a good chance Octopi.com ($1.1k) are smarter. What we normally pronounce “hiccups” would originally have been Hiccoughs.com ($84); and the latter spelling, though counterintuitive, is still accepted. Do dogs hiccough?
SwapStuff.com ($3.4k) is suitably informal for branding a site about bartering, since barters do away with the formality of money. Tourists will often pay for helicopter tours in NYC or at places like the Grand Canyon; so HeliFlight.com can recover its $2.9k in short order.
Any museum closure is a sad event. That seems to be the back story of CREHST.org, the Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science, and Technology in southeast Washington. Elsewhere in the same state, houses will be sold through KirklandHomes.com ($2.5k).
Go visit a museum near you before it too closes!