Monday, April 30, 2018

Price Categories Added

Our goal at is to offer innovative domain names at great prices, and to make finding, acquiring and using a domain name as easy as possible.  Someone suggested to us that they would like an easy way to find domain names on our site within a certain price range.  While the discount section of our catalog has offered a listing of our significantly reduced domains, it did not offer an easy way to, for example, find a domain name at $40 or less.  We are pleased to announce that we have now rectified this and now offer a By Price listing.

At the top of each page at our  website you will now see a By Price (see diagram) link.  When you click it you will go to listings divided by price.  For example, one of the categories lists all domains we have available in the price range from $69 to $88. The lowest price category starts at domains just $8 or less!

Within each price category the domain names are listed alphabetically in our standard catalog format with a bit of information on the domain name along with links where it can be purchased. For example, we show the listing for below.  The top line shows our initial and current price ($49), where it can be purchased (in this case either on Undeveloped. com or our Efty Marketplace listing), along with a brief description usually including possible uses, automated estimates of worth, and the date that the expiry date of the current registration that goes with the domain name.
In the lowest price category ($8 or less) the only purchase options are normally the Namecheap Marketplace.  Since you can open a Namecheap account for free in just a few minutes if you don't already have one.  Namecheap handles your payment and the transfer of the domain name to you, which normally happens within hours or less. They offer various payment options including credit cards, PayPal, and Bitcoin (among others).

In the $9 to $18 we normally offer two purchase options, Namecheap Marketplace or the Efty Marketplace.  We recommend that you use Namecheap Marketplace, as they act as essential escrow agents, moving the name from us to you.

In the price categories starting at $28 purchase options will depend on the domain name, but normally include, along with Efty Marketplace and possibly others. Normally the price will be the same in all options, but check with the domain name that you want as occasionally minimum requirements or other costs make it necessary to list a higher price with some options.

We will continue to offer our other choices for searching on our site.  All of the domain names we have for sale are listed alphabetically in the List section of our site.  If looking for a specific name this is the easiest place to find it (although it does not include detail like a description).

Our domain names are listed by category in our catalog, for example if you want to search for domain names related to the Internet of Things or Nanotechnology you can go to that section of our catalog. We show a portion of the catalog in the image below, but go to our site for the full catalog.  The catalog starts with a Featured link to some of our favourite domains, but after that the categories are listed alphabetically.

Still reading?  Thanks!  We have a little bonus for one engaged early reader.  To celebrate our new By Price categories we have listed one domain name in the $8 (or less) category that we think is a pretty great deal (it is up for renewal in a few weeks so you will have to renew it after purchase).  You will have to go to our website to find the domain name, and check if it is still available, but here is a teaser of information on the domain. Why not go see what the name is, and pick it up! I will update this listing with sold after it is gone.

  • single common dictionary word applicable to the financial industry
  • uses a popular ngTLD extension that makes sense with the word
  • about 40,000 exact term Google monthly searches 
  • about 2.7 million broad term Google monthly searches
  • advertisers pay of order of $3 per click for both the exact and broad search term
  • automated Estibot® worth estimate $2000, GoDaddy GoValue® $700
  • we originally offered the domain name at $475
  • registration expires May 17, 2018 (renews standard rates)
  • buy it now on Namecheap Marketplace for $8 to one lucky buyer

Thursday, April 26, 2018

New gTLD Sales Mar 23 - Apr 22

Another month has rolled around, and here is a report on "new" global TLD (ngTLD) domain sales reported in the Namebio database.  In this context new include extensions released after 2013.  Country code extensions are not included, even if they are generic ones such as .pw (professional web).  Nor are the older global extensions such as .biz, .pro, .info, etc.  While the Namebio database certainly does not include all sales (see closing paragraph below), it is highly respected, daily updated and includes statistical data, making it the best source for reports such as this.

During the monthly period ending April 22, 2018 there were

  • 27 recorded ngTLD domain name sales;
  • A median sales price of $2400;
  • A mean sales price of $4980;
  • In terms of major sales,  20 were for $1000 or more including 3 for $10,000 or more;
  • Highest sales were for $34,483 and for $20,000; 
  • There were sales in 18 different TLD extensions during this period;
  • Global Registry, Sedo and Uniregistry had the most reported sales. 

The highest value sale was for $34,483, with taking second place with a $20,000 sale. The domain sold for $10,000. The total value of reported ngTLD sales is about $134,400 in this period.

The 8 global TLD sales were from the registry, while the others were all non-registry sales. The most popular marketplaces for these sales were Sedo with 6 and Uniregistry with 5.  A variety of venues had a single sale, and Dynadot 2 during this period.

Here is the breakdown by number of domain sales reported in each extension.
  • casino 1
  • chat 1
  • city 1
  • domains 1
  • exchange 1
  • global 8
  • gold 1
  • group 2
  • help 1
  • jetzt (means now in German) 1
  • life 1
  • movie 1
  • nyc 1
  • online 1
  • poker 1
  • store 1
  • wang 1
  • xyz 2
There were sales in 18 different extensions, ranging from the most widely held of the ngTLDs to some with only modest registration numbers.  Interestingly only a few of the same extensions are in both the previous report and this one, and somewhat surprisingly no .club sales in this period. Also, it is noteworthy that of the 5 most popular ngTLD extensions, only .xyz has reported sales during this period.

If we compare this with the previous monthly report, the number of sales is slightly down, but the median and average price are both slightly up, as is the number of sales over $10,000. The differences are not statistically significant.

So far in 2018 in total there have been 189 Namebio reported ngTLD sales with a median price of $2300 and a mean price of $7800.  Two ngTLD remain in the top 10 Namebio sales of the year, for $500,000 and for $300,000.

Some readers will notice that a huge sale announced during this period, for $500,300, is missing from the list.  It was the highest publicly released price ever paid for a ngTLD, and had it been included the average price for the monthly report would have been about $23,300.  Unfortunately there is not standardization in terms of what date is used, with some reporting using the announcement date, others the transaction date, and sometimes the date the last instalment was paid since high value domains are often purchased in several instalments. Namebio generally use the sales date while DNJournal uses the announcement date. A pretty consistent set of dates, using purchase date, is used in the Sold Domains listing. 

On a NamePros discussion regarding sources present in the Namebio database it was pointed out that registries seem to have largely stopped reporting, and no doubt there are many registry sales not represented in the database. The Namebio database does not include sales with value less than $100, nor sales from a number of venues such as Undeveloped.com or Efty Marketplaces, nor from many ngTLD registries, so it is difficult to estimate how complete a record this is of all  #ngTLD domain name sales. 

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