The first name domain, Shania.com sold on NameJet yesterday for $10,100. The name is famously associated with the recording artist, Shania Twain. Although popular names (both first and last) always tend to do well on the aftermarkets, I am beginning to question their real end-user appeal. The chances of having some crazy millionaire buy a domain name like Shania.com off of you for mid xx,xxx is seemingly more farfetched then perhaps I earlier thought.
Besides being a Novelty, is there a huge advantage to owning onces name domain? I cant tell you how much I would love to own Justin.com or Allen.com – but would I be willing to pay what is market value for those domains? Of course not. Its cost value is not worth its actual value to me. I believe resellers are driving up prices on these types of domain names, with very little chance of end-user sales.
When giving away a free domain name, you need to be careful about the rules you set. For Godaddy, they forgot to set any rules. Sign up for an new email address and setup a new account and you could take advantage of their unlimited free domain registrations. Many people who caught on started registering quite a few domain names for free. Godaddy had failed to put a limit or any stipulations on the free registration.
So, its no surprise that within 24 hours, they closed that part of the promotion altogether.
In an effort to increase Indycar and Godaddys spam lists, they are offering a free domain registration at Godaddy. Simply go to the link here and sign up to be spammed:
As you might imagine, clever domainers took advantage of this generous offering and cleaned up with quite a few free registrations. I heard some as many as 10-12 free domain registrations each. Might want to hurry up and get on this action before they close this door, soon.
Dickinson.com closed at auction today at Bido.com. The final sales price was $12,000. The winner, a Domain Industry leader named Francois who also happens to own and operate Domaining.com. Congrats to the new owner, we think he got a bargain.
Recently it has come to light that a few prominent domain names have been stolen, including a 3 letter .com, ZRU.com. It appears the thief is using IP addresses from Turkey and may very well be the same entity that was involved with the “9mm” incident. Make sure your accounts are secured and monitored frequently to insure against possible theft.
Contrary.com sold today for $10,363 on the NameJet platform. I happened to have loved this domain name as it has so many development possibilities. I think although on the higher end of the spectrum, this one may very well be a good buy. Congrats to the new owner.
GoPlay.com closed today at NameJet for $26,300. Another overpriced domain name. None of the TLDs are developed and even the keywords aren’t heavily advertised. I love this domain name, but at this price I just dont see it being a smart acquisition.
DomainWeek.com reported today that Video.us which had been sold for $18,000 within the past year was re-auctioned off today at noon. It closed for $12,000. $6,000 less then it had just less than a year ago.
What does this mean in regards to the .us ccTLD? It doesnt look strong. With the economy still in recession and .com the clear king of the internet, .us has become the poor mans TLD. Its ususally a last resort behind the general TLDs and unless we see some major development, I believe its value will primarily be linked to resellers flipping back and fourth.
Over the past few months we’ve seen several blogs come online with a primary focus of selling domain names. You sign up, and receive daily spammage of domain names for sale. You even see the occasional sale by regular bloggers looking to liquidate some of their portfolio. Guess what? Instead of hammering you with even more domains for sale, Im looking to buy.
Looking for 4 letter .com’s that end in the letter combination CA. Sorry folks, I only want LLLL.com and it MUST end with CA. Please shoot me over an email via our contact us link with what you have and your asking price. Bare in mind, I’m looking for decent prices not end-user jackpots.
Toxicology.com sold today on NameJet.com for $26,300 after a fierce bidding war that escalated out of control. To me this seems like an excessive buy. How will this be monetized and what end-user could afford to acquire the domain name while still giving the buyer an opportunity to make a return on their investment. Frankly, this domain name sold for substancially more then it should have, especially with huge question marks in the market place. Best of luck to the new owner.