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Would Love Another Chance

I’ve been investing in domain names as a full time career since late 2007. I have bought my fair share of solid domain names, and I have also missed out on some good deals. Some seemed overpriced at the time, but looking back on things now, I wish I had pulled the trigger.

One strategy I try to employ is that I would rather pay a bit more than I think a domain name is worth wholesale rather than risk losing it to a colleague or competitor. If a domain name has such strong resale potential, the few hundred or few thousand dollars more it takes to buy it should not be an obstacle. In practice, it is very hard to do this without spending far too much money because it can be tough to determine where to draw the line.

Andy Booth started a Twitter thread asking people to list the one name that got away. Mine would probably be Values.com, which I previously wrote about Here’s Andy’s thread:

Perfect 10 vs. Perfect Ten

Two similar domain names expired at Network Solutions and were auctioned at NameJet in the last two weeks. I thought it was worth comparing Perfect10.com and PerfectTen.com to share why I think there was such a substantial difference in the sale prices of these two similar domain names.

Perfect10.com was created in 1998, and PerfectTen.com was created in 1997. Both domain names appear to have been owned by the same entity, an adult publishing company behind the Perfect 10 brand. Perfect10.com sold for nearly 9x the sale price of PerfectTen.com. Interestingly, I do not believe the same entity won both domain name auctions at NameJet.

Own a Piece of History: CambridgeAnalytica.org Auction

I was looking through the NameJet list of “Most Active Pending Delete Backorders” that was emailed to me a few moments ago. One domain name stood out to me among the rest, but not for domain investment purposes. Coming up for auction in less than three days is CambridgeAnalytica.org.

Can’t Increase Bids on NameJet

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I discovered an issue on NameJet last night that has not yet been resolved. Since yesterday at some point, I am not able to increase my bids on NameJet auctions. Every time I place a bid, it tells me “You have been outbid by a proxy bid” despite the fact that the bid I am trying to place is substantially higher than the current high bid and higher than the minimum bid.

When I discovered the issue last night, I sent an email to a couple of contacts at NameJet and Web.com. I also tweeted about it and someone confirmed he is also having the same issue:

CheapStuff.com UDRP Follows $3,875 NameJet Sale

A UDRP was filed against the CheapStuff.com domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The UDRP is WIPO Case D2020-1354, and it appears to have been filed within the past couple of days.

To me, CheapStuff.com seems like a pretty generic domain name that could be used to sell “cheap stuff.” Likely because of the potential usage for this descriptive domain name, CheapStuff.com sold for $3,875 at NameJet in March of this year, according to NameBio. Based on the “pendingrenewalordeletion@networksolutions.com” email address in the historical Whois record at DomainTools from February 26th, it appears to have been an expiry auction. In fact, CheapStuff.com was promoted by NameJet in its newsletter, even earning the honor of being one of two domain names listed in the email subject:

Be Mindful of Minimum Bid at NameJet

There have been a number of changes at NameJet due to the integration with SnapNames. Most noticeable for me is the backorder deadline time change. I can now place my back orders one hour later than I could before the integration. One issue that has tripped me up more than once is the minimum bid difference on some domain names. Instead of the standard $69 bid, I need to place a $79 bid in order to backorder the domain name.

The $10 difference is not generally a problem, especially considering it is now rare for me to win an auction for the minimum bid. The issue is that when I click the “Place My Bids Now” button, only the $69 backorders are placed unless I manually change the minimum bids for the auctions that require a $79 bid.

Here’s what happens when I do not update the bid to meet the minimum before placing my backorder:

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