Domain Auctions

ASU Lets SunDevils.com Expire (Updated)

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It looks like Arizona State University Athletics Department let the SunDevils.com domain name expire. Arizona State University (ASU) athletics teams are known as the Sun Devils. As a result of the expiry, the domain name is now in auction at GoDaddy Auctions. The current high bid is $5,100, and it looks like there are six bidders participating in the auction. The auction ends in one week.

Sedo to Run .UK Domain Name Auction

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As you may be aware, .UK domain names are becoming available to purchase. These domain names were first offered by the registry, Nominet, to domain name registrants that held matching .co.uk or .org.uk domain names. The domain names that were not taken by those registrants are becoming available for third parties to register.

I previously wrote about SnapNames and its .UK auction, and I received an email from Sedo announcing it will be running a .UK domain name auction beginning tomorrow. Here’s what I was told about Sedo’s upcoming auction:

Snapnames to Run .UK Domain Name Auctions

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I received emails from NameJet and SnapNames informing me about upcoming .UK domain name auctions that will be held via SnapNames. In case you aren’t aware, .UK domain names are newly available, and registrants that owned .co.uk domain names were given the opportunity to purchase their matching .UK domain names.

The period to reserve matching .UK domain names ended on June 25, and domain names that were not claimed are going to become available for others to register. Details about this are available on Nominet’s website.

Gmail Service Disruption Causing Email Delay

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I noticed that my email service (via Gmail) has been running slower than usual this afternoon. I was expecting to receive a couple of important emails, and both seemed to have been delayed. I visited Google’s G Suite Status Dashboard, and it indicates there is currently a Service Disruption impacting Gmail service, although none of Google’s other services indicate a service disruption or service outage at this time:

End Users Do Participate in Expiry Auctions

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I want to share a nice example of an end user buyer participating in an expiry auction on NameJet. It is not a super rare occurrence as evidenced by the Gradient.com auction on GoDaddy, but I don’t think it happens all that regularly.

LifeIsAGift.com expired and went to auction at NameJet a little over a week ago, and the domain name sold for $1,018. The domain name appears to have been previously owned by someone who did professional coaching and consulting. There were 63 bids from 53 bidders in the LifeIsAGift.com auction. I was a participant in the auction, but I did not think it would be a good investment for my company at a higher level than my bid.

Results From Sedo’s 4 Letter .com Auction

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Sedo hosted a 4 letter .com domain name auction that concluded yesterday. This themed auction is separate from the monthly Great Domains auction. Although the sale resulted in just over $24,000 worth of domain name sales, I think it is worth highlighting because it offers some insight into the current state of the 4L .com marketplace.

The top three LLLL.com sales in the auction were RVRR.com for $2,550, LOTB.com for $2,050, and PRCH.com for $1,605. I do not see any one word names that sold in this auction, so I suspect most would be used for their acronym value.

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