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In a press release distributed this morning, Namecheap unveiled its domain name marketplace platform for users to buy and sell domain names. In addition, Namecheap will also auction its expiry stream of domain names instead of sending expired domain name to GoDaddy Auctions. The marketplace quietly launched a few weeks ago, and there are now over 300,000 active listings.

From what I can tell, it looks like Namecheap customers can list their Namecheap-registered domain names for sale with a buy it now price or send them to auction. In addition, there’s a section called “Closeout Auctions,” and those appear to be expired domain names that are registered at Namecheap.

Wolf.com Acquired for $550,000

Wolf.com has been acquired by Namecheap for $550,000, according to Namecheap CEO Richard Kirkendall. I was told this half million deal was brokered by Andy Booth. The domain name recently moved into the Escrow.com holding account, and I anticipate it will transfer to Namecheap very soon.

As with other recent domain name purchases made by Namecheap, I was told that Wolf.com was acquired as a corporate asset for a future project. Namecheap also recently acquired IZ.com for $625,000, Poke.com for $150,000, and Cluster.com for $150,000. The company owns quite a few descriptive domain names, including Spaceship.com, Visual.com, and Validation.com (among others).

Namecheap Acquires IZ.com and Poke.com

A little over a month ago, I reported that Namecheap acquired Cluster.com for $150,000 in a private transaction. The acquisition was made by the company “as a brand asset for a future product,” according to Namecheap CEO Richard Kirkendall. I recently learned that Namecheap has acquired two additional high value domain names: IZ.com and Poke.com.

Cluster.com Acquired by Namecheap for $150k

On Saturday morning, I noticed that Cluster.com changed hands. The domain name had been owned by New Ventures Services, Corp., and it transferred under privacy to Namecheap. The purchase price for Cluster.com was $150,000.

Make Offer on Namecheap via DomainAgents

I am interested in buying a domain name registered under Whois privacy proxy at Namecheap. I visited the Whois lookup page on Namecheap to see if I could send a message to the registrant via the Namecheap system (like the GoDaddy Whois contact form), but it doesn’t look like there’s a contact form. Instead, there is a “Make Offer” button above the Whois information:

Namecheap is Second Largest Domain Registrar

Namecheap Founder and CEO Richard Kirkendall posted a tweet this morning proudly announcing this his company is now the second largest domain registrar in the world by number of domain names under management attributed to its ICANN accreditation, as recorded by RegistrarOwl.com:

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