GoDaddy pricing the domain names at a more reasonable level.
One of the reasons GoDaddy acquired Marchex’s domain name portfolio (which was recently being sold under the Archeo brand) was that Marchex had steep prices on the domain names.
A friend tried to buy a domain name last year. He was initially told it would cost something like $30,000. Marchex later offered to sell it for something like $10,000, but my friend had moved on to a different domain.
GoDaddy said it would attach prices to many of the domains and sell them for prices that make them more liquid. We’re starting to see evidence of this.
RobbiesBlog.com has a story describing a case in which it bought a domain name quoted for $20,000 at Marchex for just $3,000 at GoDaddy. Based on a description of the negotiations, it appears that GoDaddy isn’t using past quotes/information from Archeo when negotiating sales.
GoDaddy also sold Beijing.com. I assume GoDaddy was willing to negotiate on this domain more than Marchex was.
So here’s a tip: if there’s a domain at Marchex that you had your eyes on previously, give GoDaddy a call and see if you can strike a good deal now.