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SelfieSticks.com sells for $29,100 and more expired domain name sales
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MONDAY,26 January 2015 THE DOMAINS
According to the news from Domain Forum of China on January 26th, Joseph Peterson runs down the latest expired domain name sales at NameJet.

If you’re as un-with-it as uncool me, then you’ll look at the $29.1k high bid for SelfieSticks.com and say, “Huh?” Apparently, selfie sticks are rods that attach to a camera phone so that you can hold it far enough away to take a picture of yourself and the grinning people next to you. Asking a stranger to snap a photo please wasn’t that onerous, was it? Trends move fast. Already the market for these devices generated a domain bidding war, while WordPress continues to identify “selfie” as a typo!

That wasn’t the only high-priced auction at NameJet during the past week; 3 other domains expired and surpassed $10k. TurkCell.net – yes, .NET – went for $10.1k, and it seems to be purely a case of brand protection / cybersquatting with reference to the 96th biggest website in Turkey (according to Alexa).

As if that’s not depressing enough, another $10.1k sale was MaxHardcore.com, which the feds seized back in 2005 as part of a child pornography case that led to jail time for the domain’s former owner (according to TheDomains.com). Apparently inbound traffic remains high a decade later, and some web masters aren’t fussy about making money from those old customers. If there’s a less cynical explanation for those bids, I’m all ears.

A third $10k sale, OPIA.com, could be for a NYC restaurant – provided it’s worth $10k for a local restaurant to drop the word “restaurant” from its .COM address … which I doubt. There’s an Optical Imaging Association at the .ORG too. But with acronyms, buyers often come out of left field.


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SelfieSticks.com 29100 TurkCell.net 10100
MaxHardcore.com 10100 OPIA.com 10000
Micom.com 7200 Matinee.com 6500
GameShare.com 5201 SSNN.com 4309
Bureaux.com 4200 Mandarin
Chinese.com 4005
ACSA.com 3000 GameBit.com 2950
DaCash.com 2950 ZFitness.com 2655
WineStopper.com 2425 StudentChat.com 2322
HappyWeekend.com 2322 ENSE.com 2210
Voluntario.com 2166 Solaron.com 2157
Darwin.net 2101 SB1.com 2100
Shyne.com 2010 Renault.net 2000
Lampes.com 1655 AirCraft
Detailing.com 1409
Marketing
Survey.com 1322 Marketing
Course.com 1201
UDRY.com 1100 Artism.com 1010
GlobalLive.com 1001 Vitamin
Products.com 959
ESDI.com 850 PDHC.com 845
FDI.net 810 GeekWatch.com 806
CABP.com 800 WineCoupons.com 790
FeatureInc.com 736 Benefon.com 711
CupSize.com 709 UNDPLao.org 654
TorNet.com 625 LYBB.com 514
3669.net 510 CHMD.com 505
NewMedia
TrendWatch.com 460 BOLP.com 453
UMCH.com 451 TiempoCyber
Climate.org 430
TribunaLatina.com 425 HorseBetting
Tips.com 421
EatAtJoes.com 421 Rangler.com 415
NIWAF.org 360 VOIG.com 355
NIPC.net 338 65597.com 320
PeaceDividend
Trust.org 310 Photography-
Guide.com 298
MaineRealEstate
Broker.com 291 SCIM-IM.org 290
DiskJockeys.com 268 MintRubbing.org 260
LowRateHome
Mortgage.com 259 WebMaster
Cafe.com 250
Hadobs.org 230 17205.com 210
TomeRaider.com 199 BGone.com 195
Schulhefte.com 193 SignatureVillas.com 190
SerenityVirtual.com 190 Radio-Pais.com 190
360Z.com 189 ISGP.org 171
KBBG.com 170 WhatNoToWear.com 141
GNWR.com 129 CAPI.net 126
Sexodus.com 119 BayAreaAlliance.org 111
AussieGrill.com 109 ElegantWine.com 106
YurtWorks.com 89 HowToGetRid
OfWarts.com 80
TreeRemoval.net 80 Simpable.com 79
TopRetirement
Plan.com 79 OvumDonors.com 69

This NameJet list is longer than usual to compensate for GoDaddy’s absence. I haven’t decided yet whether to resume reporting GoDaddy sales, although I have been collecting data. The expired domain market is so active that even results from just one venue among many are too many to discuss in full.

MandarinChinese.com ($4k) is a notable item. After all, that is the world’s #1 language with nearly 3 times as many native speakers as English; and it’s the dominant language of the world’s biggest economy. Nothing to sneeze at! Bureaux.com ($4.2k) would be French for “offices”, “desks”, or perhaps “agencies”. Lampes.com ($1.7k) are French lamps. Voluntario.com ($2.2k) is Spanish and Portuguese for both the adjective “voluntary” and the noun “volunteer”.

Micom.com ($7.2k) is a typical case of multiple longer domains intersecting in a single brand name. I catalogued half a dozen such cases last week more explicitly. And it’s safe to assume that several auctions charted above are due to similar circumstances (i.e. shared brand names). Several websites ought to upgrade to ACSA.com ($3k) – for instance, the woefully cumbersome acsa-arch.org.

TorNet.com ($625) may literally be about nets. A global company doing business from the matching .IS makes trawls. The fact that a singular WineStopper.com sold for $2.4k shows how much value there is in exact-match e-commerce terms. Undervalued domains might include OvumDonors.com ($69) and DiscJockeys.com ($268).

Finally, I’m heartened to learn that somebody will now be keeping tabs on all the nefarious nerds out there with GeekWatch.com ($806)!
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