I don’t really share the domain names I sell or sales prices of domain names. I have publicly shared a handful over the last 10+ years, but my strong preference is to keep my sales and sale prices private. Occasionally, I have been asked about why this is my preference, and I want to share one example of what can happen when someone makes the decision to share a sale publicly.
For those who don’t follow my Twitter account, I want to share how the persistence of Uniregistry brokers paid off and concluded with a domain name sale. The sale was small ($1,500), but it was an unexpected sale that I entirely attribute to the diligence of Uniregistry, particularly Chris Aguilar. The domain name I sold (which will not be shared) was one I consider inventory and nothing special to me.
I don’t check my corporate mailbox regularly because I don’t receive a lot of important physical mail. Just about everything I need comes to me via email. I visit my mailbox every once in a while so it isn’t overflowing to the point they have to package it up and ask me to wait in line to retrieve it.
On my last trip to the post office, I had a Priority Mail envelope waiting for me in the box. I opened the envelope and it had a letter from someone offering to sell me a domain name. The letter was pretty much a full page, and it had information about the domain name. The owner wanted nearly six figures for this domain name. To be frank, it is a domain name I would not even hand register, so I would never buy it nor could I recommend that someone else buy it. This is not the first time I have received a letter like this before.
Yesterday, I wrote about the results from Sedo’s .Uk domain name auction in which 240 domain names were sold at a value of approximately $95,000 USD. A reader named Steve asked if I could share sales data from the initial .UK domain name release held between July 1-5. I reached out to Nominet, and I was sent a link to an article published by the registry last week.
Sedo hosted a .UK domain name auction that concluded earlier today. 240 .UK domain names were sold via auction. The total sales value of the auctions was 76,149 GBP, which is approximately $95,254 USD.
There were quite a few excellent keyword .UK domain names in auction, and the order of the results was a bit surprising to me. Put another way, if I had to guess the order of the sales ranking them from largest to smallest before the conclusion of the auction, I would have been way off.
This afternoon, I noticed that a UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization against the four letter Raja.com domain name. The UDRP is WIPO Case D2019-1680, and it looks like it was filed this week. According to a translation tool I used, the Hindi word Raja means King in English.
The Raja.com domain name was created in August of 1995, making it almost 24 years old. The domain name is currently parked via Sedo. You can see a screenshot of the landing page below. I do not see the domain name listed for sale via Sedo though.