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MillionDollar.com: Expiry Domain Name with a $900 Minimum Bid

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MillionDollar.com is coming up for auction on NameJet. From what I can see, the minimum bid is listed at $900 rather than the standard $69 minimum bid amount:

Based on the “pendingrenewalordeletion” email address, it looks like this is an expiry domain name rather than a private listing. The NameJet auction page also confirms that this is an expiry channel listing rather than a privately owned “Direct Lister” listing.

The high bid is listed at $69, and there is one bidder for this auction at the time of publication. I believe people can place the $69 minimum bid to observe the auction, but if it ends at below the $900 minimum bid, the domain name will not sell. I am not sure whether the

Super.com Hits Reserve at NamesCon Auction (Updated)

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Super.com is arguably one of the top domain names listed in the NamesCon domain name auction. The domain name did not hit its reserve price of more than $1,000,000 during the live auction, but it looks like it hits its reserve price during the extended auction:

I do not recognize the leading NameJet bidder alias, evstratov. It is possible that the high bidder signed up specifically for the Super.com auction or perhaps the

njhighbid Bidder Alias at NameJet

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Last night, I was looking through a few of the NamesCon extended auction domain names on NameJet and I saw a bidder alias I didn’t recognize. “njhighbid” is in the lead on several high profile auctions. For example, the njhighbid bidder alias has the high bid of $550,000 on the Super.com auction.

When I see a bidder nickname I don’t recognize, it makes me a bit suspicious. This is especially so when I see the same bidder leading several auctions. In this particular case, none of the auctions I saw njhighbid as the high bidder had met the reserve price.

With the “nj” in the bidder handle, I thought this might be a house account related to the auctioneer, so I reached out to NameJet General Manager Jonathan Tenenbaum to ask about the bidder alias. Jonathan confirmed that this bidder handle “represents the high bid in room from the live auction.” I believe this was necessary because the live auction used different software from the NameJet platform, and live auction bidders were not necessarily connected to NameJet bidder accounts.

Even though it might look suspicious that there is a bidder handle in the lead on multiple high value auctions, it is not something concerning.

DropCatch vs. NameJet on Similar Auctions

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There were a pair of similar pending delete auctions on NameJet and DropCatch.com that I thought would be interesting to highlight because of the auction results. I was tracking these auctions (and won one of them), and you can see the results on NameBio.

At the end of December, WorkInjuryLawyer.com and WorkInjuryLawyers.com went into pending delete status and were auctioned. At the end of September, TrafficAccident.com and TrafficAccidents.com went into pending delete status and were auctioned. I believe each pair of domain names deleted on the same day and the auctions took place over the same days.

One each of the singular and plural were caught by DropCatch.com and NameJet, and the results were pretty interesting:

ShellOil.com Expiry Weirdness

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When I was looking through my Dropping.com email yesterday, I saw that ShellOil.com was coming up for expiry auction at NameJet. I did a historical Whois search at DomainTools, and I saw the domain name had been owned by Shell International Petroleum Company before it expired. The domain name was created back in 1997, and it looks like the company has owned it for many years.

I tweeted about the expiration, mentioning the Shell global and Shell US Twitter accounts:

Someone replied that perhaps the company was moving away from the “oil” branding and that may be a reason for the expiration. I replied that

Emoji Auction on NameJet

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When I was taking care of my backorders on NameJet last night, I noticed a banner for an Emoji domain name auction. It looks like there are somewhere around 150+/- Emoji .WS domain names coming up for auction between 5 days and three weeks from now.

So far, it looks like there are quite a few bids for the upcoming auctions. Many of the domain names with bids also have reserve prices that have not yet been met. It looks like 13 of the auctions with bids do not have a reserve price and will sell (assuming the high bidder continues through to the auction).

Emoji domain names seem to be somewhat popular, at least amongst domain investors. Back in September, I reported that the ☯.com domain name (yin yang Emoji) was sold for $11,201. Vice News recently had a news segment with Page Howe covering Emoji domain names as well. Aside from

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