I have a “policy” of not sharing my sales for numerous reasons that I shared before. Others like sharing their sales for their own reasons. As an industry participant and publisher, I am always willing to highlight and/or report on a domain name sale I discovered or learned about.
Earlier this week, someone shared some details about a fantastic domain name sale that could have gone under the radar. According to the tweet below, ABiologics.com was sold via Squadhelp for $26,499. Impressively, this was reportedly a hand registered domain name as the seller needed to wait until the 60 day ICANN lock:
— Steley (@Steley) December 7, 2023
The seller could have kept this sale private and used this internal data to secure additional, similar domain names. If it were me, I would probably think that if ABiologics.com sold for more than $25k, perhaps other letter Biologics.com domain names could have substantial value to someone else. I would have gone through the alphabet and registered whatever was available and put those up on Squadhelp. That may have been a lightning bolt sale, but it would have been worth up to $250 to register other available domain names.
From the looks of it, someone else did that and registered a swath of similar domain names on December 8:
Could the seller have hand registered these domain names? Possibly, but I doubt it. ABiologics.com was registered at Dynadot and these are registered at HiChina. These appear to be listed on Dan rather than Squadhelp. In addition, if the seller was going to hand register the names, it would have been wise to register them when the name sold and not this week.
This shouldn’t be taken as a knock on the seller. Selling that name for $26k was great. People have their reasons for sharing their sales. Those reasons may have taken precedence over keeping the data private. Notably, the seller may have had insight into why ABiologics.com was valuable and other letter names don’t have value and were left unregistered. I obviously don’t know.
More than 10 years years ago, I publicly shared some under the radar private intel about a swath of sales I was making. Shortly thereafter, others used the info I shared to hand register and sell similar domain names. The well ran dry for me and the sales stopped. It was, of course, absolutely fair game for other investors since I openly shared what I was doing. That was a lesson I learned and have tried not to repeat.
I respect and enjoy discussions with fellow domain investors, but when it comes to my own sales data, I am greedy. I am always happy to share insight and offer advice when a friend/colleague asks, but I am not going to give others information that will make them money at the expense of my own business.