These two sales seem to be outliers.
I was quite surprised to see two .cc domains sold for very high prices recently. That aroused my interest in finding out more about the .cc extension.
West.cn reported on December 25 that 1377.cc and 1877.cc were sold for 121,418 yuan and 95,597 yuan respectively. That means sales of about $17,000 and $13,000 in U.S. dollar terms. To put them into perspective, Namebio shows 28 transactions of 4N .cc domains in the last three months, with the highest being 1500.cc at $3,050 sold on September 29. That’s quite a big jump.
.cc is the country extension of Cocos Islands, an Australian territory with a mere 600 population. The extension was released in 1997 and DomainTools estimates there are about 675,000 .cc domains as of December 24. Even though it is a country extension, .cc has been promoted to mean “Christian Church”, “Catholic Church”, and even “Creative Commons”. In China, some parties have pushed the ideas of “Chinese Company” and even “Commercial Company”. Are there non-commercial companies?
4N domains are commonly used in corporate China. For example, the 2019 Top 100 Chinese Internet Companies Report lists 4399.com and 2345.com as corporate domains of their Chinese owners. A Baidu search using the “site:.cc” parameter yielded results such as Wanzi.cc (global tour guide platform, founded 2012), Zhuwang.cc (pig industry portal, founded 2009), and Comac.cc (China Commercial Aircraft).
1377.cc and 1877.cc do not resolve currently. 1377 rhymes with Yi Sheng Xi Xi (医生嘻嘻 = happy doctor), which can be used to provide medical services. 1877.cc rhymes with Yi Bei Qin Qin (一辈亲亲 = being affectionate the whole life) which can be used in love-related businesses.