— DNPric.es (@DNPrices) May 21, 2014
Although I don’t think aftermarket sales prices is all that good of an indicator of how well a new gTLD extension is doing, I think the DNPric.es approach to tracking the new gTLD domain name aftermarket sales is pretty neat. DNPric.es has a page on its website tracking the aftermarket sales for new gTLD domain names in order of sales volume (by sale value).
When you visit the sale table, you can sort the results by value, volume, alphabetical order, or average price. You are also able to click on the TLD and drill down to see what sold and for what price. For instance, when you click on the .Club link, you can see the 11 domain names that were reported as sold in the aftermarket (all currently brokered by Sedo).
One issue with this table is that it does not yet include all publicly reported sales, and it probably doesn’t include a large percentage of private sales (as one could imagine). There are a number of gTLDs that have only one sale attributed, and I believe these numbers aren’t entirely accurate. For example, Room.guru is listed at #87 on the DNJournal year to date sales report, but it is not listed within the DNPric.es table.
On a positive note, having a table that tracks results like this might encourage the new gTLD registries to report all sales, even if they aren’t “notable” in the financial sense. This leaderboard may create something of a competition where registries are proud to share results. DNPric.es will need to be vigilant about verifiying sales since it could be gamed and potentially used as a marketing tool.
As with all sales reports, domain investors need to look at them with a grain of salt since there may be people who benefit from reported sales.
I think it’s a neat way to track the aftermarket new gTLD sales though and down the road, it could be a useful tool to see what appears to be selling.