A weekly roundup of expired domain name sales at NameJet.
As a branding consultant, I love this week’s top seller: Embrace.com ($18.9k). It means so much more than a hug. When we “embrace change”, we’re not giving the future a cuddle. If we “embrace challenges”, we’re not being squeezed by Grandma; we’re Davids slaying Goliaths. The word “embrace” is positive, courageous, and social. … And I hate Elliot Silver for buying it instead of me! Oh, well.
China and the rest of the planet have declared a weekly thumb war for top spot in our NameJet chart of expired domain auctions. Usually Chinese market demand lifts an LLL.com or NNNN.com or Pinyin up into 1st place. This week, however, brings an utterly different kind of Chinese domain: AKCMS.com ($5.4k) is or was a Chinese content management system; so the “CMS” functions as an English loan word for a Chinese-language website that persisted from 2007 to 2014. A more familiar sort of China-focused sale would be 551188.com ($4.8k) with its repeating pattern.
CapitalCity.com ($4.9k) is unlikely to list Paris, Moscow, and Abuja side by side; but, as with Continental.org ($1k), it can shorten many an existing website’s domain. Capital City is also a place Simpsons fans will remember Tony Bennett singing about in 1990. Those same fans can hear Lennie.com ($1.6k) talking right now – except that fictional character apparently spells his name with a “Y”. ATOL.com ($3.8k) is an “L” short of an island. As an acronym, it may refer to Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing, a UK requirement for selling airline tickets. DunShi.com might be Chinese for “suddenly”, but I’d need a Chinese speaker to confirm that.
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BabyDresses.com ($2.5k) are the perfect item to ship from an e-commerce website, since babies are mostly the same size (i.e. small) and don’t insist on trying on the latest styles in person. Parenting101.com ($398) is the perfect brand name for new parents, while TrustedCare.com ($670) showcases the opposite of inexperience – whether for children or seniors. ProductRatings.com ($2.6k) is another natural for development.
Although the plural Permissions.com ($2.1k) may sound odd, that impression vanishes once you think of computer directories and readable/writeable/executable file permissions. AdminTools.com ($605) ought to appeal to the same IT crowd. Although it looks like an unfinished sentence about first-name etymology, RussellMeans.com ($590) actually means this man, an Oglala Lakota activist who worked with the UN to promote the rights of native peoples across the globe.
PolluTech.com ($275) and Safeye.com ($109) are tricky elisions to capitalize. ABPOPPM.org ($170) is a 7-letter acronym that stands for the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine … not 1 single member of which apparently has any taste! EUHSID.org is scarcely any better. GlynisSmy.com ($100) writes romance novels. KidSeed.com ($70) sounds like a euphemism to me; but I suppose it could be about gardening, couldn’t it. Dyslexic gamblers can go to VasLegas.com ($130). Turks who visit the Netherlands will arrive in Hollanda.net ($111). And if you end up in Woodville.com ($1.5k), then you’re in a tiny Texas town whose domain cost nearly $1 per inhabitant.
Time now for China and the West to duke it out in their thumb war for next week’s chart. Ready? Set? OnThree.com ($209): … 1 … 2 … 3!
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Simon Theriault says
Nice keyword there with Embrace. We need some of that in this world.