Exciting Additions to Pattern Search: Chinese Premium, Repeats, and More

I’m excited to announce that today we rolled out a major upgrade to our pattern search field that gives you a level of control which is borderline crazy. It is all part of keeping up with the latest trends and interests in the domain space, and giving investors the power to quickly and easily find the most relevant comparable sales possible. Continue reading

Some Reported Sales Never Complete

Yesterday Theo Develegas from Acroplex wrote a blog post about how some reported sales from GoDaddy are bogus and never actually completed. Rather than writing a long reply in the comments section of his blog I thought I would cover the topic in an article. I will discuss how data is collected from each venue and the issues faced with each one. I will also explain why his proposed solution of verifying ownership changes through WHOIS isn’t practical or reliable. Continue reading

Should You Charge a Bulk Premium?

Offering a bulk discount when selling a portfolio of domain names is a common practice, the idea being that it is quicker and easier for the seller to move the domains in a single transaction so the buyer is enticed with a lower price. However, I think there are times when charging a premium for a bulk deal actually makes sense, meaning that each domain earns more than it would have sold for individually. Continue reading

How to Bulk Delete Backorders at NameJet

Lately I have heard a lot of complaints from domain investors who accidentally won a domain at NameJet through a backorder they had placed years ago and forgot to delete. In these situations NameJet refuses to refund the backorder price even for their large and long-time customers. Unfortunately they don’t have a setting to automatically remove a backorder after an auction ends, and their interface doesn’t allow you to easily delete thousands upon thousands of backorders. Continue reading

Top New gTLDs By Aftermarket Sales

We are in the early days of the new gTLDs and the jury is still out, but with nearly a million dollars in publicly reported sales in the new extensions we thought it was time to rank them by how well each performs in the aftermarket. Below are the 80 new gTLDs that have publicly reported sales, along with information including how many sales were in our database, the total dollar amount, and the average sale price. Continue reading

An Interesting Look at Venue Arbitrage

The core principle of domain investing is taking advantage of market inefficiency. Most end users aren’t aware of the aftermarket and don’t have an interest in going through drop lists and forum posts, so there is an opportunity to buy at wholesale prices and sell at retail prices. But some savvy investors are going a step further and taking advantage of inefficiencies between wholesale venues to turn a profit. Continue reading