Domain Shane: Listed below are updates on the top 10 domain sales from a year ago, as ranked by DN Journal. Short domains dominate this week’s list, with only one domain longer than three characters, and this in turn negatively impacts the number of development examples below. Although many of the domains below are under privacy protection, based on the landing pages and state of the domain market a year ago, I’d guess that up to 8 of the 10 domains below are currently owned by Chinese individuals or companies.
1. GJ.com sold for $694,095
No site resolves. This was a big sale through the NameJet platform.
2. QJS.com sold for $150,000
The domain redirects to QEX.com, and you can see a screenshot below. Per Google Translate, “Shenzhen Qianhai Financial Assets Exchange Co., Ltd. ( “Qianhai Exchange”) is the first professional financial service platform settled in Qianhai. It is also the only financial asset exchange approved by the State Council in South China.“
3. CXL.com sold for $65,000
This domain is a shortener for CrabXLab.com. Chinese and English language versions of the site are available, and they describe themselves as follows, “CrabxLab is an innovation-driven enterprise that was founded in early 2014. The initial team has international backgrounds and experience in the technology R&D and design management. We are passionate at great technology & design, and we develop products and companies that have highly business values, and grow strong innovative teams.”
4. PassItOn.com sold for $64,000
The domain redirects to Values.com, which is owned by The Foundation For A Better Life.“The Foundation for a Better Life creates public service campaigns to communicate the values that make a difference in our communities. These uplifting messages, utilizing television, movie theaters, billboards, radio and the internet, model the benefits of a life lived by positive values. We believe people are basically good but sometimes just need a reminder. We also believe that the positive values we live by are worth more when we pass them on.” The organization has a couple trademarks for the phrase ‘Pass It On’, which they filed way back in the year 2000. They have run a series of television and radio commercials anchored by the phrase.
5. WQB.com sold for $56,000
No site resolves.
6. PDZ.com sold for $41,451
A Chinese-language inquiry page is live.
7. KQT.com sold for $40,000
Domain is parked.
8. RXR.com sold for $37,400
A Uniregistry for-sale page is live, and this one is owned by Sam Dennis’ company named Six Red Dice.
9. YA.net sold for $35,000
A simple Chinese-language lander on a Wordpress site is live.
10. SBX.com sold for $32,599
Domain is parked.
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TheDomains: With the U.S. giving up control to ICANN I thought it might be fun to take a look back to predictions for 2009. Michael mentioned the U.S. giving up control as #10 on the list, he also mentioned someone doing a deal with Yahoo, that took a little longer than 2009 but Verizon has acquired […]
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Tucows shifts expired domain inventory to GoDaddy. In a major shakeup in the expired domain name market, GoDaddy Auctions has begun auctioning off Tucows’ expired domain name inventory. This is the first time GoDaddy has sold a third-party registrar’s expired domain name inventory. I reached out to GoDaddy after noticing some of the inventory on […]
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Judge denies motion; U.S. contract with ICANN will expire tonight. United States District Judge George Hanks has denied a request for an injunction to stop the United States from allowing its contract with ICANN for IANA functions to expire. Four states filed suit this week in district court in Galveston, Texas to block the transfer. […]
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Renewal rates, premium sales and more shed light on the .global top level domain name. The .Global top level domain name just turned 2, and the company has released some interesting data to mark the occasion. It can be difficult to get good data on new top level domains, especially from companies that are not […]
Four conservative states take up Cruz’s failed crusade to block IANA contract expiration. Attorneys General of four conservative states have filed a lawsuit (pdf) in an effort to block the U.S. government’s contract with ICANN for IANA functions from expiring tomorrow night. The move comes after an effort led by some congressional representatives, including Ted […]
Company registers a couple dozen domain names for a company called Clarivate. It appears that a company might be rebranding as Clarivate. An unknown company registered a bunch of domain names including the term clarivate and typos of it yesterday at brand registrar MarkMonitor. Also, the domain name Clarivate.com appears to have been transferred to […]
A flooring company, insurance provider and payments business bought domain names. I don’t have many end user sales to report at Sedo from the past week. This isn’t due to a lack of sales; a higher-than-usual number are still in escrow. Next week I’ll go back and recheck the domains to add them to the […]
Domain investor Frank Michlick is on the ballot. Board elections for CIRA (.ca) end tomorrow, and there’s a fellow domain name investor on the ballot. Frank Michlick is running for the member candidate slate. He’s competing against five other candidates for a single spot. Having known Frank for about a decade, I would encourage any […]
Donuts launches DPML on steroids. Top level domain name company Donuts will offer a new DPML Plus service for the last three months of this year. The service, which has a suggested retail price of $9,999, is an enhancement to the company’s existing Domains Protected Marks List service. The standard DPML allows brand owners to […]