The .ME Registry held a premium keyword domain auction at Sedo last week, and I have the results of the auction listed below. It was impressive to see so many auctions with bids. What do you think about the results?
Domain name Price Currency
hotel.me 25000 USD
life.me 17450 USD
cams.me 10000 USD
usa.me 9200 USD
gift.me 9000 USD
movies.me 8800 USD
who.me 8277 USD
train.me 8200 USD
blackjack.me 7400 USD
file.me 7301 USD
creditcard.me 7200 USD
dates.me 7100 USD
mortgage.me 7100 USD
doctor.me 7100 USD
wine.me 7100 USD
cruise.me 7076 USD
macau.me 7000 USD
lawyer.me 6600 USD
stocks.me 6399 USD
newyork.me 6200 USD
pet.me 6100 USD
college.me 6055 USD
yoga.me 5650 USD
team.me 5300 USD
coffee.me 5100 USD
toys.me 5050 USD
vancouver.me 4900 USD
journal.me 4800 USD
source.me 4800 USD
center.me 4700 USD
411.me 4544 USD
diabetes.me 4100 USD
technology.me 4000 USD
mall.me 3800 USD
adventure.me 3675 USD
school.me 3600 USD
shoe.me 3300 USD
llc.me 3111 USD
friends.me 2750 USD
venture.me 2550 USD
cricket.me 2550 USD
asia.me 2401 USD
science.me 2350 USD
files.me 2250 USD
earth.me 2151 USD
europe.me 2150 USD
webhosting.me 2100 USD
attorney.me 2050 USD
airlines.me 2000 USD
seattle.me 2000 USD
software.me 1850 USD
bag.me 1451 USD
tickets.me 1250 USD
hongkong.me 1200 USD
germany.me 1150 USD
copyright.me 1100 USD
wedding.me 1050 USD
cameras.me 1050 USD
vacation.me 1049 USD
television.me 999 USD
unitedstates.me 999 USD
fish.me 999 USD
perth.me 999 USD
bikinis.me 999 USD
lyrics.me 999 USD
secret.me 999 USD
club.me 999 USD
traffic.me 999 USD
rental.me 999 USD
banking.me 999 USD
streaming.me 999 USD
cancer.me 999 USD
religion.me 999 USD
doctors.me 999 USD
farm.me 999 USD
country.me 999 USD
furniture.me 999 USD
evil.me 999 USD
nutrition.me 700 USD
666.me 680 USD
carrental.me 655 USD
333.me 499 USD
amateur.me 499 USD
succeed.me 499 USD
engineering.me 499 USD
course.me 499 USD
peer.me 499 USD
111.me 499 USD
rating.me 499 USD
entertainment.me 499 USD
quality.me 499 USD
hospital.me 499 USD
Elliot, that’s strange. I went to Sedo.me and didn’t see any of these 😀 But I can’t complain. TGIF!
I don’t own any .me’s because I was picky, so maybe I’m looking at it all wrong.
But the only one I liked was train.me because of the call-to-action connotation.
I don’t’ like the others because they are just random words that don’t match the extension and are worthless to an ad campaign (I guess I’ll give some love to hotel.me and the geo .me’s)
I agree with you, but as an investor, it’s good to see that there is liquidity with these names. I don’t currently own any .ME names though.
@acro, I aint complaining either.
She’s Israeli, too. Strange the .ME Registry didn’t give Sedo the name.
We own just a few but there is one we want to buy. Problem is that it’s listed as a premium name and the registry wants to see our business plan first?? Anyone know a way around this? Thanks!
It will be liquidity and nicer when the average domain investor can also sell with similar results, not just the Registry and Sedo doing it. It’s almost fishy when great results are only attainable when a cabal is involved. Markets have to show a trend or a consistently pattern…
Just show them your plan; to buy it and sit on it until you get a good enough offer! They ought to let you have the name because that’s the same as their plan! Simples.
As for the auction – nice to see so many sales, but a lot of money wasted IMO – sucked some funds out of the market.
.mobi or .me? I can’t understand the difference.
I thought furniture.me was i good buy.
Personally i didn’t like the .me auction because the names don’t match the extension.
I like the .Me ext very much.
I’m a little surprised that the auction did this good. Very Brandable & easy to remember if you have a good .Me Ext.
I’ve been collecting a nice list of .Me ext over the last 2months including FBF.Me, CustomCloud.Me, ExtremeCoupon.Me, Socialgirl.Me & couple more.
Domains already getting lots of attention even with short life span. Is anyone out there getting more attention or sold any .Me since the Sedo auction Ended? Would love to Know..
I think the results prove once again that alternative TLDs have absolutely no investment value. .Me has been the star among alternative TLDs in the past 1-2 years. It has done better than .xxx and better than .co. Yet we have these sad results:
furniture.me, vacation.me, tickets.me,
hongkong.me, germany.me – $1K
attorney.me – $2K
toys.me, newyork.me, lawyer.me, macau.me, cruise.me, wine.me, mortgage.me, blackjack.me – between $5K and $7K.
If these were parked .coms, none of them could be acquired for less than several $M, and more realistically for over $5M and even over $10M.
If they were parked .nets or .orgs, they would cost between $50K and several hundred $K.
So at $5K per top of the line .me, that puts their value at 5% of .net or .org, and at less than quarter of 1% of .com value.
I think Forex.me was in there as well for a lot of money but its not on the list.
Where is forex.me? I know it was on the list and the auction kept getting extended. I believe it was over $10,000 when I last checked yesterday. Also, its worth mentioning that some of the .me domains yesterday did not sell…for example tractors.me and domainhosting.me
I like .ME but only if the domain has a social connotation. Picking random words, including premium ones, and attaching .me to them is pointless IMO.
You have missed some results. Here is the complete list:
@Elliot A propos, Israeli dot Me, owned by Brands-and-Jingles is going live this year.
This was the sales list provided to me by Sedo. Perhaps other names didn’t hit reserve. Not sure why there’s a discrepancy.
money is moving away from .com
into other extensions.
domainers best positioning is to abandon .com and shift into better domains like
Robert, your broad statements about .com values VS .co values are simply incorrect. The truth is, aside from educated guesses, no one really knows how the values will play out. However, I’d certainly stick with .com if I was forced to choose. As an aside, you might want to fix the design that one of your domains is using before HugeDomains.com sends you a DMCA notice. Ripping someone’s design isn’t exactly professional. or legal. But I’m sure you knew that seeing that you’re a professional, right? 🙂
@Devon I had lot of .me & like these alternate tld’s from development point if you can not spare tons of money for same .com
Like we have developed Bangalore.me
However you just can abandon .com . Any mid / large corporation will go only for .com or maybe some country code like .de / .cn / .in
If someone wants a quick flip for their winning auction then contact me
BTW i am the winner of furniture(.)me & streaming(.)me & 2 more (Undisclosed) & was also on bidding for forex, hotel, & cricket.
it is good to see that even you recognize the obvious
tangible benefits to holding the .Co domains.
you said it yourself:
It is shorter then .com
Abbriviation of company
just 2 of the obvious advantages but there are hundreds of benefits.
vsp.me and any LLLs in most extensions especially in
.Co, .com, etc. are very valuable.
dolphin.co sold for $48,000
are all worth at least $48,000 now.
I own NewYorkCity.me and CostaRica.me, so I took particular notice of what names like vancouver.me, newyork.me and macau.me sold for. Granted, they pale in comparison to the .com values, but strctly from an investment perspective with minimal sunk costs, they did get a good ROI.
Just wondering how on earth Rick Sch. got so much for his “keep.me” and yet some of this lot didn’t get anywhere near? I guess there must be some premium when you are king of the jungle 🙂
How many of these names were snatched by people who already had the .com TLD? I’m with the dK on this one, in that if you don’t have the .com to back up another TLD, the investment could be severely diluted.
domain values are always calculated based on
in others words if a home sells for $48,000 and you also
have a home that has all the same features, you can
assure a comparable sales price in the market, so
dolphin.co sold for $48,000
are all worth at least $48,000 now.
“”in others words if a home sells for $48,000 and you also have a home that has all the same features, you can assure a comparable sales price in the market””
@ Robert – That’s a very dangerous strategy if that’s the ONLY strategy that you adhere to when investing in domains. There’s a lot more to selling a domain than simply a sales history of “similar” domains. In order to sell a domain, you typically have to find someone who has a vision for it. Just because “dolphin.co” sold for a particular price by no means guarantees the “raccoon.co” will sell anything near 48k. An example: Last time I checked, a dolphin is slightly more popular in the branding arena than racoons…by slightly I mean literally by about 150 million google results. You can get ballpark averages, but every successful domain investor knows that each name is sold on a case by case basis.
this is not a crap shoot art.
comparables are the best, the gold standard when it comes to predicting the value of your domain.
period. end of story.
I am sure there is a company somewhere in the world called
Raccoon Oil Rig or Raccoon Energy, or shit.
Robert, I never once stated that this industry is a “crap shoot”. If anything, I said it’s anything BUT a crap shoot. An industry that requires a slightly more sophisticated strategy than what you seem so eager to paint. Now that I look back on all your posts, you apparently always have nothing to say except how .co’s are the future. On. Every. Post. I suppose I, like others, fell into the trap of conversing with you on a post that has NOTHING to do with .co’s in the first place! Someone who obviously couldn’t care less whether they steal someone’s design, to boot. You should really think about removing it.
Back to Elliot’s original topic: Personally, I think those are great prices. Particularly for file.me, nutrition.me, pet.me and who.me. Those should be fairly easy to brand and develop out.
Part of the issue is that Sedo’s rules/policies prevent some good .ME names from getting into the list. For example, we would like to sell http://www.know.me, but their staff (or maybe some automated scripts) denied the application because we did not set a ‘reasonable’ start price or reserve. In Sedo’s determination, we need to start bidding at $.99 because of it’s “low value” (because it’s parked? I dunno).
I’m not looking to win the lottery, so to speak, but I should also be able to set a starting price/reserve price WELL ABOVE $.99. With the domain name being a verb and meaning something with the extension, like about.me, there’s no away I could set it at $.99 and hope for the best.
That may contribute to the lack of .me domains in the Sedo list – I know I didn’t want to chance the auction.
There are new 190 names released via Sedo. The auctions will be live between 5th and 12th of July 2012.
The inventory can be seen via sedo.co.uk/me