Your Domain Name May Not Be Investable

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I am almost always looking to buy good inventory. I primarily seek out great one word .com domain names, but I also regularly participate in auctions for generic terms in the .com extension that would make a good investment. People also regularly send me domain names they want me to buy. Unfortunately, the vast majority of them are not investable for me.

Just because I pass on a domain name buying opportunity doesn’t mean the domain name is worthless. There are plenty of names that are worth a few hundred or a few thousand dollars. Even domain names I can’t imagine selling to anyone can sell to the right buyer. When I pass on a domain name it generally means I can’t see the value in buying it with the hope of making money any time in the near future. My portfolio is filled with “flyers” that may or may not ever sell. I am not going to pay a premium price for these flyers though.

People try to sell a domain name to me on a daily basis. The vast majority are domain names I would

Daily Poll: Do You Go First When There is No BIN?

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I think the majority of domain names my company owns have buy it now prices listed on the landing page or via Afternic. I appreciate a quick and seamless deal, and having a BIN price is helpful to that end.

On some of my higher value domain names, I have not set BIN prices. There are various factors that will impact my asking price, and the domain market is dynamic. Oftentimes, people will ask me for the price of a domain name rather than submitting my offer. When I don’t have a BIN price, I generally push back and request an offer. It doesn’t make sense having a discussion about a $500,000 domain name when the prospect’s budget is $5,000. I am sure this can frustrate a prospective buyer who may think along the lines of a home that is listed for sale where the owner says “make an offer” without a list price.

I am curious about whether you put prices on your domain names when a prospect inquires without first making an offer or if you insist on having the buyer go first. For me, it really depends on the situation. Sometimes I will give a price to make things a bit quicker, other times I will give a range “six figure offers will be considered,” and other times I will wait until the prospect makes an offer. What are your thoughts on pricing names that don’t have BIN prices listed? Do you go first and name your price when asked or do you require the prospect to make the first offer before sharing the price?


Namecheap Celebrating 18 Years With Special Offers

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Namecheap is celebrating its 18th birthday this year, and the company has some special offers for customers to mark the occasion:

It looks like Namecheap is offering an 18% discount off a variety of products and services, including domain name renewals. The company is also offering a discount on .com domain name registrations:

“At Namecheap we’re big on birthday celebrations, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with you, our customers. This year, to mark our Big 18 and having 10 million domains under management, we are giving a big 18% off your domain, Private Email, and SSL renewals! We’re also offering an extra birthday treat – .com registrations at an incredible $8.88!”

The sale ends at the end of the day on October 17th (tomorrow). See the event landing page for full details about the discounts as well as any terms and conditions.

Daily Poll: With ccTLDs, Do You Care About Politics?

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I would be willing to bet that a fair amount of people who own ccTLD domain names don’t realize their connection to foreign governments. Some people buy them for their brandability or marketability rather than for any allegiance or connection to the associated country connected to the ccTLD.

For those who own ccTLD domain names, I am curious if you care about political issues or have any concerns related to politics in those countries – or even between the country where you live and the ccTLD country. I also included an option for people like myself who do not invest in ccTLD domain names:


Fidelity Acquired FDAS.com

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According to an article published on CNBC, Fidelity Investments is establishing a new company called Fidelity Digital Asset Services:

“Financial services giant Fidelity is taking a huge step into cryptocurrency.

The 72-year-old firm announced the launch of a separate company, Fidelity Digital Asset Services, on Monday that will handle cryptocurrency custody and trade execution for institutional investors.”

Fidelity also announced the news in a press release published earlier this afternoon.

It looks like the company acquired the FDAS.com acronym domain name.

A current Whois record shows the registrant of FDAS.com is FMR LLC, which appears to be associated with Fidelity Investments. In fact,

Trump .Sucks the Most

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VoxPopuli, the company that owns and operates the .Sucks domain name registry, is hosting a .Sucks domain name contest. Here’s what I was told about the contest:

Starting today, the company announced a marketing rebate of 99 percent on new registrations, and complimentary web hosting for a year to whoever creates the most creative, original personal business or cause-related URL. Winners will be announced on November 14, December 15, and January 15, 2019, which is the day the promotion ends.”

Not surprisingly, I was also told the most popular registration theme entry in 2017 was Donald Trump related domain names. I guess people think he “.Sucks” the most. I would not be surprised if the same theme hold true again this year, although US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh could potentially give President Trump a run for his money.

For those who are interested in entering the contest, the press release and details are below. More information about the contest, along with important details and disclaimers, can be found on the contest website, TellUsWhat.Sucks.

Personally, I think the contest prize could be a bit more inspiring than a 99% rebate and free hosting, but I wouldn’t enter the contest either way so my opinion probably doesn’t matter much.

Press release:

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