Domain Sales

Silent Auction Thoughts

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After viewing the Moniker silent auction results, I found quite a few surprises:

In my opinion, there were a few good deals to be had. I believe the following domain purchase was an absolute steal for the price at which it sold:
Illustrate.com

I was surprised nobody picked up the following names, as I thought the reserve prices were more than fair:
Finances.com – $500,000
Whiskey.com – $470,600
Handhelds.com – $58,830

Another surprise to me was how much stock in numerics seems to have dropped. There were many NNN.com numeric names that seemed to have reasonable reserves ($5,890) but didn’t sell – 634.com , 547.com, 481.com, 643.com, 493.com, 342.com, 441.com…etc. There were also a few NN.com names that had higher reserves but didn’t sell. It isn’t very often that pure numeric .com names come onto the market, and I was surprised a speculator didn’t grab them.

I was also somewhat surprised that more .mobi names didn’t sell. I am not a big believer in this extension, but after reading how vigorously this extension has been defended by its supporters, I am surprised there wasn’t more action on them. Quite a few people have been posting that they made xxx% profit so far and still have quite a few .mobi names in their portfolios. If these people felt strongly about the extension, I would have thought they would be willing to reinvest and buy some of the names. One would think that reinvesting in a few of these names could have led to a round of “aftershocks” that followed when Rick Schwartz paid $200,000 for Flowers.mobi.

I believe many of these names will move now that the auctions have ended. Domain investors know the owners are interested in selling, owners know the domain investors at TRAFFIC thought their prices were too high, and I bet some compromises will be made to close some deals once.

Honesty in Negotiations

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In my opinion, honesty is one of the most important qualities in negotiating a domain sale. Since a majority of the domain investment business is done online, the important handshake and face to face encounter is eliminated. If a potential buyer or seller catches you being dishonest, you can kiss your deal goodbye. You may be the most sincere and kindest person in

Doing Good Things

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While leaving the restroom at TRAFFIC on Thursday, a gentleman held the door opened for me, and I introduced myself on the way back to one of the panels. I learned that he was from Baltimore, and after a brief conversation I found out that he bought and sold Jewish-related and Hebrew domain names among other business pursuits. When he asked if I had any of these names, I responded that I owned one that I hadn’t done anything with and was willing to sell it.

Rewind a few months…
When I originally purchased the name, I told a close friend of mine that I would give all of the proceeds to his non-profit Jewish organization. My friend is the Rabbi who runs the Mitzvah Tank organization in Manhattan, and he has one of the biggest hearts out of anyone I know. I’ve seen him give money out of his pocket to help people in need and he is always willing to lend an ear and give advice.

Back to the conference…
My new acquaintance asked me what my asking price was for the name. When I told him the story about the sale going entirely to tzedakah, he made a very generous offer for the name. I accepted the offer, and my company will match his offer to double the contribution. It certainly wasn’t my highest financial value transaction, but it was definitely the highest value transaction I’ve had, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I made a new friend in the process.

Shameless Plug

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T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Live Auction Streaming Results

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Final Results. *Not responsible for inaccurate prices… Congrats to all winners!

1. VintageAirplanes.com – $5,700
2. StageRental.com – Pass
3. Toy.net – $26,000
4. StockTrades.com – $25,000
5. BondFund.com – $12,000
6. IrishWhiskey.com – $8,000
7. BakingSupplies.com – $12,000
8. PrivateTutors.com – $16,000
9. PrivatePilots.com – $20,000
10. Historian.com – $25,000
11. TechnologyFund.com – $10,000
12. PinkRoses.com – $10,000
13. VintageMotorcycles.com – $14,000
14. Booksellers.com – $30,000
15. Houses.net – $75,000
16. ComicBooks.com – Pass
17. Supplies.com – Pass
18. Breathalyzer.com – Pass
19. Invest.net – Pass
20. PX.net – Pass
21. Tightrope.com – $18,000
22. Sale.mobi – Pass
23. AutoClassifieds.com – Pass @ $135,000
24. Six.com – Pass @ $1,000,000
25. Scotland.com – Pass @ $3,000,000
26. Pedestrians.com – Pass @ $7,500
27. EgyptianPyramids.com – $7,500
28. RentalProperty.org – $8,500
29. Clap.com – $21,000
30. TattooParlor.com – Pass @ $28,000
31. LimousineService.com – $30,000
32. ZN.com – $95,000
33. 46.com – Pass @ $70,000
34. Flights.net – Pass @ $85,000
35. Scores.mobi – Pass @ $115,000
36. Planet.com – Pass @ $350,000
37. PressReleases.com – Pass @ $2,500,000
38. Seniors.com – $1,800,000
39. ClubSoda.com – $20,000
40. Tied.com – $13,000
41. Polling.com – Pass @ $70,000
42. EC.com – Pass @ $250,000
43. Ethanol.com – Pass @ $600,000
44. Vacations.mobi – Pass @ $30,000
45. CreditCheck.com – @ $3,000,000
46. VictorianHouses.com – $8,500
47. JewishDeli.com – $9,000
48. Hospitals.us – Pass @ $8,500
49. Catalogs.net – Pass @ $15,000
50. FM.org – $18,000
51. Fountain.com – $95,000
52. Union.com – Pass @ $185,000
53. Stuff.com – Pass @ $1,500,000
54. Slots.com – Pass @ $4,500,000
55. CarSales.com – $400,000
56. PDA.net – Pass @ $25,000
57. CateringService.com – Pass @ $15,000
58. AirlineReservations.de – $9,750
59. HelicopterCharters.com – $18,000
60. NoLoadFund.com – $12,000
61. RecyclingCenters.com – $13,000
62. FT.net – $22,500
63. Grandmothers.com – $25,000
64. Snuff.com – $45,000
65. DiscountPerfumes.com – $80,000
66. Draw.com – Pass @ $1,000,000
67. Amethysts.com – $13,000
68. Highspeed.net – $27,000
69. 62.com – Pass @ $80,000
70. InternetRadio.com – Pass @ $225,000
71. Commodities.com – Pass @ $1,750,000
72. Elections.com – Pass @ $600,000
73. IncomeFund.com – $20,000
74. Surgeon.net – $21,000
75. 555.mobi – Pass @ $7,500
76. Text.mobi – Pass @ $21,000
77. Forbiddencity.com – Pass @ $20,000
78. Lips.com – $135,000
79. CheapGames.com – $45,000
80. Clock.com – $175,000
81. Student.com – Pass @ $3,000,000
82. PuertoRico.com – Pass @ $3,500,000
83. Passover.com – Pass @ $60,000
84. Bhutan.com – Pass @ $70,000
85. HY.com – Pass @ $100,000
86. Fitnesscenter.com – Pass @ $125,000
87. Comedy.net – $25,000
88. Villas.net – $25,000
89. BachelorDegrees.com – $42,500
90. FinancialPlans.com – $17,000
91. Houston.info – $17,000
92. DUI.net – $18,000
93. Cantaloupe.com – $25,000
94. Glamorous.com – $60,000
95. CustomMotorcycles.com – Pass @ $55,000
96. HighDefinition.com – Pass @ $65,000
97. Bulk.com – $100,000
98. Pay.mobi – Pass @ $45,000
99. NewYorkRealty.com – Pass @ $120,000
100. Locals.com – $250,000
101. Dollars.com – Pass @ $700,000
102. DSL.com – Pass @ $1,500,000
103. TalentAgent.com – Pass @ $35,000
104. PropertyManagement.net – Pass @ $20,000
105. Jericho.com – REMOVED
106. MegaYachts.com – $150,000
107. Z.md – Pass @ $4,000
108. MarriageCounselor.com – $36,000
109. HorseRacing.com – Pass @ $4,500,000
110. Gin.com – Pass @ $250,000
111. 401kPlans.com – Pass @ $250,000
112. FreeAuction.com – $50,000
113. TGP.com – Pass @ $225,000
114. InsuranceRates.com – Pass @ $150,000
115. Manufacture.com – Pass @ $75,000
116. HeartrateMonitor.com – $55,000
117. Telephone.org – $13,000
118. GrowthFund.com – $25,000
119. Dermatology.com – Pass @ $4,500,000
120. SecurityEquipment.com – Pass @ $20,000
121. ChocolateCandy.com – Pass @ $27,500
122. IndividualRetirementAccounts.com – Pass @ $20,000
123. Carburetors.com – Pass @ $25,000
124. Pesos.com – Pass @ $35,000
125. Males.com – $55,000
126. Pit.com – $60,000
127. MastersDegree.com – Pass @ $60,000
128. Note.com – $115,000
129. Cats.com – Pass @ $2,000,000
130. Naked.com – Pass @ $1,500,000
130A. 212.net – $10,000
131. Lick.com – $60,000
132. SoccerLeague.com – $28,000
133. TelevisionShow.com – $35,000
134. Nashville.us – $23,000
135. 300.mobi – Pass @ $4,000
136. AirlineTickets.net – $17,500
137. MartialArts.com – Pass @ $600,000
138. 06.com – Pass @ $60,000
139. Fees.com – $55,000
140. Saginaw.com – $55,000
141. Europe.mobi – Pass @ $14,500
142. FireEngines.com – $32,500
143. PrescriptionMedication.com – Pass $35,000
144. Text.com – $300,000
145. Menopause.com – Pass @ $1,500,000
146. ComputerEquipment.com – Pass @ $110,000
147. Psychologists.com – $160,000
148. Brackets.com – $56,000
149. Phones.mobi – Pass @ $30,000
150. Teri.com – $28,000
151. Gaza.com – REMOVED
152. Pensions.net – $10,000
153. GlobalFunds.com – $20,000
154. Jody.com – $29,000
155. Blogging.com – $135,000
156. Auction.com – Pass @ $4,500,000
157. Bald.com – $400,000
158. Lean.com – $55,000
159. OBGYN.com – Pass @ $1,000,000
160. QR.com – Pass @ $85,000
161. Wrestling.org – $30,000
162. SoundEngineer.com – $8,000
163. EquityFund.com – $30,000
164. Laptops.mobi – $4,750
165. GY.org – Pass @ $11,000
166. Artist.com – Pass @ $750,000
167. GasolinePrices.us – $6,000
168. Pimple.com – $82,500
169. Camping.net – $60,000
170. 82.com – Pass @ $75,000
171. Rollercoaster.com – Pass @ $100,000
172. Tourist.com – Pass @ $750,000
173. Whiskey.com – Pass @ $400,000
174. CD.net – Pass @ $22,500
175. Manhattan.info – $21,000
176. Mayor.net – Pass @ $5,500
177. StockMarket.tv – Pass @ $7,500
178. GED.net – Pass @ $15,000
179. Charters.com – $140,000
180. Cardiology.com – $550,000
181. Program.net – $17,500
182. Fresno.us – Pass @ $4,000
183. GXD.com – $5,000
184. Male.org – $12,000
185. MovieProduction.com – $14,500
186. VenusFlytrap.com – Pass @ $27,500
187. Documentaries.com – $48,000
188. How.com – Pass @ $600,000
189. Bourbon.com – Pass @ $300,000
190. Spend.com – Pass @ $70,000
191. MT.org – $25,000
192. MedicalLabs.com – $10,000
193. BeerKegs.com – $12,000
194. Mortgages.mobi – $25,000
195. SO.net – Pass
196. Sub.com – $71,500
197. Coed.com – Pass @ $75,000
198. Spices.com – $220,000
199. RadioPersonality.com – $7,000
200. EmailList.com – $13,500
201. Character.com – Pass @ $27,500
202. Smoothie.com – Pass @ $75,000
203. DomainPark.com – Pass @ $60,000
204. DiscountInsurance.com – $60,000
205. Racism.com – Pass @ $125,000
206. Subways.com – $50,000
207. Laptop.net – $40,000
208. PP.org – Pass @ $30,000
209. MP4Player.com – Pass @15,000
210. Tart.com – $30,000
211. Shows.net – Pass @ $23,500
212. ZZ.org – $23,000
213. Dont.com – $30,000
214. Shaft.com – $17,500
215. Mortgages.biz – $15,000
216. Dancing.net – $10,500
217. FHAHomeLoan.com – $9,000
218. FreeStuff.net – $28,000

My Experience with SnapNames Seller Program (beta)

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Up until about a month ago, I was never an active SnapNames user. At most, I may have been involved in five auctions over the course of three years, but I heard (and observed) some great sales that occurred on their platform. When I was made aware of a new beta test allowing ordinary people (like me) to auction names on SN, I was immediately intrigued. I wondered whether they would have more success selling my names than I had listing them in various forums and emailing my contacts. I decided to list a small group of decent names, and I didn’t set a reserve. I also listed one “premium” name, and I set a small reserve of $500. If it sold for the reserve price, I would take a loss, but domain investing is a gamble, so I rolled the dice.

To my surprise, a great number of my names sold! In fact, I had listed a group of them on another forum for $25/each to clear out some inventory less than two months before. My premium name sold for over $4,500 and had a bidding battle at the end. All in all, I have done two rounds of testing at SN, and here are the stats:

1) My sales rate on the domain names I submitted was 63%. Of the 30 names I submitted, 19 of them sold.

2) Of the 19 that sold, 63% of those sold for more than the $60 dollar reserve price.

In my opinion, at the present time, the only downsides to this program are the high rate of commission, currently 20%, and also the length of time it takes to disperse funds, sometimes up to a month. As I understand it, there aren’t any discounts on high value names, but a representative from SN may comment and confirm this or hopefully correct my error! All in all, the higher commission fee is worth it for the amount of names that were sold.

From what I heard, the manual process of reporting the auctions is going to become an automated process at the end of this month, which will allow me to view the names that are in auction and the number of bids. This is much easier than emailing the folks at SN – although to their credit, they always responded to me in a timely manner with the details I needed.

I just authorized a group of 60 names to be auctioned, and I will give an update once the auctions have finished. Based on the first two rounds of testing, I think they have a winning program!

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