I currently own fewer than 30 .XYZ domain names. I acquired most of them via Afternic, Dan, or in auctions on Namecheap. With the exception of Embrace.xyz, I am pretty sure I paid less than $500/each for the domain names I bought.
One important aspect to my acquisition strategy was to acquire domain names that did not have a premium renewal fee. Not only do I not want to pay hundreds of dollars a year (or more) to renew a domain name, I did not want to have to explain the premium renewal fee to prospective buyers. I’ve always felt this was a deterrent.
Unfortunately, I screwed up and acquired one domain name with a premium renewal fee. I paid $255 to acquire the domain name via Dan.com but did not notice the premium renewal cost until I had already paid and received the auth code to transfer the domain name to GoDaddy. That inbound transfer cost me a little more than $200.
After receiving the domain name and putting it up for sale, I turned off auto-renew. The time for renewal has come, and the renewal cost is above $200. Instead of paying that fee, I am going to let the domain name expire and write it off.
I don’t mind paying $12+/- a year to renew most of these lottery ticket domain names. In fact, I am not planning on dropping any of the other .XYZ domain names I bought despite not selling any since my first and only sale.
I screwed up by not noticing the domain name I acquired was considered premium at the outset, but I am not going to continue to spend $200+/year to renew it.