Domain Auctions

Calculator.com Sells for $250,899 via Sedo Auction

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I was following the Sedo auction for Calculator.com when I got distracted just before the auction concluded and did not see it end. It looks like the domain name ended up selling for $250,899, as recorded by NameBio and reported by Sedo this morning on Twitter:

Calculator.com is a fantastic domain name with many uses. In my opinion, the most lucrative way to use Calculator.com, would be something related to the financial field rather than math or science. There seem to be a whole lot of

Web.com is Now Sole Owner of NameJet

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According to a press release that just hit the wires, Web.com acquired Tucows’ ownership stake in NameJet. With this acquisition, I believe that the auction platform is now solely owned by Web.com.

As you may recall, NameJet was initially a partnership between eNom and Network Solutions. The platform was owned by Demand Media, which owned eNom, and Web.com, which owned Network Solutions. Tucows acquired eNom in early 2017, and with its acquisition of the registrar, it also acquired a stake in NameJet.

My quick thought is that this will be good news for NameJet and its users. I presume that having two different publicly traded companies own NameJet could have been difficult to get things done. This should help streamline things for NameJet leadership, and hopefully it means Web.com will continue to invest in the platform. I am sure there are plenty of improvements that could be made, and having one owner should help in that regard.

It will be interesting to see what happens with the eNom expiry stream now that Tucows doesn’t have an ownership stake in the NameJet auction business. I believe Tucows has been sending its expired domain names to auction at GoDaddy Auctions. I think the majority of domain names I win on NameJet are registered at eNom, so that will be something to watch.

I am sure there is more to come….

The press release is below:

Super.com Announces New $50 Million Investment Fund

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Shortly after the $1.2 million sale of Super.com at the NamesCon auction, I asked readers if they thought this would be the largest publicly reported domain name sale of 2018. We are coming up to the end of the year, and Super.com is the second largest sale of the year, behind the $3.5 million sale of Ice.com.

If you were not aware, Super.com has been turned into a “publishing, funding and game platform for developers and gamers.” This past week, Super.com announced a $50 million investment fund. The news was shared on Twitter by domain broker Kate Buckley:

On the Super.com website, the company shares more information about its $50 million Super! Fund initiative:

Twice Sold for $22k, Undergraduate.com in “On Hold” Status

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At the top of NameJet’s “The Drop” list of domain names that are pending delete is the Undergraduate.com domain name. It has been registered at Uniregistry, and it is currently in “On Hold” status until it deletes, at which point drop catching services will compete to grab it and re-register the domain name.

Undergraduate.com is quite valuable, and the domain name has been sold publicly at least twice before. NameBio shows two public sales records:

  • $22,000 via Sedo in May of 2011
  • $22,301 via NameJet in March of 2014

Once the domain name drops and is caught by a third party, the domain name creation date will reflect its 2018 registration.

At the present time, I can see that there

One Thing I Look at When Bidding in a Domain Auction

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I am currently involved in a domain auction with a handful of bidders. I want to share a relatively common sense tip that can sometimes help me determine how much I am willing to pay to acquire a domain name.

There is about a day left in the auction, so I am internally trying to determine the maximum number I am comfortable paying. I checked a very similar name (plural vs. singular) to see how it is used and who owns it. I noticed that the similar domain name is listed for sale on a popular aftermarket website. That domain name has a buy it now price of a little under $2,000.

Some might argue the other domain name is more valuable than the name in auction. I could go either way on it, although a case could be made for either domain name. The keyphrase of the domain name in auction has has one extension registered while the comparable name has 5 of the most popular extensions registered.

If I would win the auction and price the domain name in the

Sold for $26.5k, RealEstateLeads.com Expires

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According to NameBio, RealEstateLeads.com sold for $26,500 in November of 2017. A blog post from NameBio shows that it was the second largest sale of the day on November 16. The domain name was created in October of 1998, making it over 20 years old.

This morning when I was looking at GoDaddy Auctions, I noticed that RealEstateLeads.com is one of the top expiry auctions coming up in the next couple of weeks. The high bid is $1,200 with just over 9 days remaining in the auction.

When I visited the domain name this morning, I saw a message stating that the domain name expired and is coming up for auction at GoDaddy Auctions:

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