Sunday Updates and Thoughts

The next week or two might be a good time to revisit past negotiations and try to strike deals. Some people may be wanting to add revenue to their bottom line for 2014, and others may be looking to spend some free marketing dollars. Whatever the case, the last week and a half of the year are usually  more quiet as people celebrate the holidays, so now is the time to get some deals done.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Here are some updates and thoughts. You are welcome to share yours in the comment section:

  • Sedo’s Great Domains auction for December runs through December 11th. Some of the more exceptional domain names at auction include,,,,,, and quite a few other three letter .com domain names.
  • Dealing with large companies can be a pain in the you know what. There may be lots of decision makers and layers of approvals, and all of that takes considerable time. I prefer to work with small to medium sized businesses with one decision maker that can give me an answer or an offer within a day or two.
  • I’ve had quite a few people ask for advice about buying names privately, specifically regarding tools to evaluate domain names. For the most part, my private purchases are based on instinct and gut feel. Aside from DomainTools, there aren’t really any tools I use to find acquisition targets.
  • I wrote about International Ninja Day and the .Ninja domain name promotions. According to, on December 3 there were 19,719  .Ninja domain names and on December 5 there were 22,504 .Ninja domain names.
  • Here’s an interesting segue. I was watching the excellent Newcastle v. Chelsea match yesterday morning, and I saw the sideboard advertisements for Wonga. That got me thinking about one of my favorite artists, Jonty Hurwitz, who was a co-founder of Wonga. I did a Google search to see some of his new artwork, and I found his Twitter page, on which he is promoting his  Art.Ninja  domain name (forwarding it to his website). If you haven’t heard of Jonty Hurwitz before, I recommend checking out his art. I particularly like his anamorphic and resin sculptures.
  • I got a great deal on my flight from Boston to Las Vegas on JetBlue for NamesCon, and my trip is now fully booked.
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  1. Sunday Updates, Thoughts and Reflections:

    You hear it from me first…

    Alibaba will be making a “take over DEAL” with Amazon or better still Walmart in 2015.

    Alibaba has no distribution presence in US and they are hungry to get one.

    FYI- Amazon has not made a singe cent profit since in business—go figure!!

    Market will hit almost 20K in the summer of 2015.

  2. Interesting fact about .ninja I think they were offering them for 99 cents or $1 as we all said would happen to new GTLD’s, someone with little insight went and registered a whole slew of 3L.Ninjas. Which will most likely be dropping next year, unless they get their 99 cent renewal.

  3. >>”I’ve had quite a few people ask for advice about buying names privately, specifically regarding tools to evaluate domain names. For the most part, my private purchases are based on instinct and gut feel.”

    You can always just refer people who ask to the advice I gave in the Dec. 2 “Poll: What is Worth?” thread. I gave a nice big piece of rock solid common sense advice there, as well as addressed the important “myth” about long vs. short. 🙂

    Looks like my out-of-the-blue $x x, x x x buyer for one I had regged may have backed out for the time being, however, though they also seem to come back sometimes as well, sometimes a bunch of times. I also gave a gentle ultimatum this time, which I don’t normally do, in the form of a price increase by next Friday if they’re still stalling. I guess that was my way of revisiting what was supposed to have been a settled negotiation.

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