Joseph Peterson takes a look at recent expired domain name sales at NameJet.
NameJet’s 2 top-performing expired domain auctions from the past week overlap with stories in the news elsewhere. KYTE.com ($5.3k) brings to mind a UDRP filed against KITE.com, which was just reported 4 days ago. Are the events related? NameJet’s auction precedes the UDRP story by 3 days, and the buyer is located in China. So perhaps not.
You will remember that Alibaba’s 2014 IPO was the largest initial public offering ever. What are the odds that the Chinese buyer of Alibab.com ($5.2k) had something in mind other than this multi-billion-dollar Chinese company? Setting that question aside, it’s significant that the top 2 purchases are (not for the first time) Chinese.
Propero.com ($4.2k) was probably picked up by CSC on behalf of Pearson, which already operates an educational site on the .ORG. M86.com ($3.4k) might be a cyber-security company, although they did rebrand in 2012. If not, then perhaps the buyer hails from the M86 galaxy within the constellation Virgo. Until I check the whois address, extraterrestrials can’t be ruled out. There’s also an M86 sniper rifle, which might prove handy if the alien theory checks out.
Eletro.com ($3k) is Portuguese. If you see “electrical” and “electronics” in it, good job! Now, if you can also guess the meanings of the French domain Spirituelle.com ($517) or of CienciaECinema.com ($225), then you’re a linguistic marvel!
EpiTech ($3k) is a brand name already used in separate ways by both an .IT and an .EU website. Speaking of tech, raise your hand if you’re going to be the first guy on the block with a wardrobe full of SmartShirts.com ($1.8k). In that case, you can become the first DigitalTarget.com ($1.7k) for hackers hoping to commandeer your clothing.
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It’s interesting to see the price gulf between SealBeachRealEstate.com ($3.9k) and MountShastaRealEstate.com ($338). Domainers take a special interest in names and keywords; so it’s not surprising to see both Nameable.com ($1.4k) and WordGenius.com ($1.1k) fare well with a home crowd.
I’m surprised that the prices of NDB.net ($1.1k) and GIU.net ($895) held up as well as they did. Last week one seller dumped a large number of non-expired LLL.net domains on the market at NameJet, diluting their value somewhat. I counted 13 that finished between $343 and $601.
Trinkspiele.com ($400), anyone? Too many drinking games, and you may end up a customer of one of the “DWIAttorneys” domains above. Now the real question: HowToSurvive2012.com? It may have sold for only $100, but I love the idea that the Mayan Apocalypse will haunt even its survivors for years to come. Hype spins back-links that linger like cobwebs.