There were two high value, one word .com domain names that closed at auction this afternoon at NameJet. This is not surprising. What is surprising is that both domain names were previously registered to major corporations, and instead of taking a gain from the sale of a valuable domain name, the registrars and auction platforms were the beneficiaries rather than each of these companies.
In July, I noticed a domain name I had sold for five figures on Afternic was coming up for auction at GoDaddy Auctions. The domain name had been sold less than a year before, so it was surprising to see it had already reached expiry status. I posted a tweet mentioning that I think GoDaddy should add one year of registration after a domain name was sold via Afternic:
I sold a domain name via Afternic for 5 figures this past September, and it was in a GoDaddy Auctions expiry auction today. Registrants are responsible for renewals, but it seems like a courtesy to give an extra year.
— Elliot Silver (@DInvesting) July 16, 2019
Sedo’s Great Domains monthly auction ended this afternoon, and there 21 domain names that sold in the auction. The largest sale of the month was Upgrades.com, which closed at $32,000. I was a bidder in the auction, although I did not win it. DNE.com was the next highest sale, closing at $26,666. This was followed by two other three letter .com domain names – HVW.com and IYW.com.
I am not a regular bidder on Dynadot expired domain name auctions. I have bid on just a handful of domain names there over the years. Because I have a bidding account though, I received an email from the company announcing that the ending time for its expiry auctions will be changing. Bidders who participate should take notice.
Here’s the information that was shared with me in an email announcing the time change:
On the heels of its auction last month that resulted in the sale of 240 .UK domain names, Sedo held another .UK domain auction that closed today. This auction saw 68 domain names sell for 28,621 GBP, which is just shy of $35,000 USD.
The auction just ended this afternoon, so the sales are not yet closed. Once the buyers pay and the domain names are successfully transferred, Sedo will publicly report these sales. This should be considered tentative until Sedo reports them officially.
The full list of sold domain names is below: