I just learned that SnapNames is hosting a numeric domain auction. SnapNames has internally dubbed the auction “Notable Numbers,” as it presently contains all 6 number .com (6N.com) domain names. There are no reserves on any of the names that are currently listed in auction. A few of the domain names have patterns such as 131717.com. The auction closes on February 25th at 3:15pm ET.
The timing of the auction is interesting. Chinese domain name investors seem to be the biggest buyers of numeric domain names. From what I have been observing, the market for Chinese-focused domain names has been a bit soft lately, and many people seem to speculate it will pick up following the Chinese new year celebrations. This auction ends after the Chinese new year, so perhaps the results will signal what is to come for the year, although 6N .com domain names are a smallish subset of what has been popular lately.
Even though SnapNames’ showcase auctions are generally closed to public submissions, they are allowing user submitted domain names (if you have something that meets their criteria). I was told that interested domain sellers can contact a SnapNames broker at firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb 3rd for consideration. Despite the title of the auction, I was told “it doesn’t have to be numeric to be included.”
At the time of publication, three of the auctions have bids of $300/each.