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WaterCoolers.com sells for $25.2k, and other expired domain name sales
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FRIDAY,17 April 2015 THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain Forum of China on April 17th,a look back at the past week in expired domain name sales.

The gossip at the water cooler this week might be WaterCoolers.com itself, which was NameJet’s top expired domain auction, selling for $25.2k. Not too far behind (at $15.1k) is the German word for “style”: STIL.com. Or is it? Perhaps it’s an acronym for people in Illinois. Or a creative misspelling of the English word “still”. Then again, if the buyer is Chinese (as buyers so often are these days), it could be an arbitrary sequence of characters. My hunch is German; but until the buyer’s identity is revealed, we can’t know for sure. In any case, in any domain auction, multiple interpretations bid against one another. Value (and sometimes price) are a reflection of all possible meanings.

AlRajhi.com ($11.2k), however, seems to have 1 prevailing meaning – that of the world’s largest Islamic bank, based in Saudi Arabia. Presumably bidders were competing for the privilege of reselling that domain to that bank specifically. In contrast, Slips.com encompasses lingerie, boat docks, and banana peels. So that auction could very well have been a boxing match between scantily clad fashion models and yachts.

Even seeing Lumbar.com ($7k) makes me correct my posture. Quite a good medical domain, as anyone with a bad lower back can attest. If you’re aching at the moment, maybe a Knapsack.com ($7.4k) would help distribute the load more symmetrically. People in some regions use this term interchangeably with “backpack”.


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WaterCoolers.com 25200 STIL.com 15100
AlRajhi.com 11200 Slips.com 9901
Knapsack.com 7350 Lumbar.com 7000
HINZ.com 6133 CMSB.com 5055
05555.com 4930 CCup.com 4533
MoneyTrade.com 4100 LCBC.com 3460
HotFun.com 3400 BrandSearch.com 3100
U5.net 2600 DrugTreatment
Center.com 2433
Abcon.com 2207 YummyFood.com 2200
Nantucket
Properties.com 2088 ItsYourLife.com 2011
Q4.net 2000 Illuminata.com 1955
CAGY.com 1950 Innovate.org 1722
A2G.com 1621 MyBarber.com 1618
Shed.org 1610 CleanMachine.com 1588
SGPC.com 1500 Prome.com 1412
TheMessiah.com 1377 RYLY.com 1300
TheIceHouse.com 1225 E-1.com 1214
CirclePlus.com 1200 Bitcoinvestor.com 1109
QuickSEO.com 1100 PaperClub.com 1000
PaddockClub.com 990 Lucci.com 972
DigitalThink.com 890 NewsForce.com 887
DNGO.com 875 InternetFree.com 840
SnowNews.com 832 Gosch.com 812
TheKitchenTable.com 810 Continental.net 810
EstatePlanning.net 795 FBAI.com 790
SecretZone.com 760 Guitare.net 751
QuoteShop.com 710 RootLevel.com 703
DRSE.com 700 SDTB.com 645
JMCP.com 622 UT3.com 619
UltraMarketing.com 610 UpwardMobility.com 607
USImports.com 565 JRBX.com 560
Danbury.net 560 TUNL.com 550
GreenThings.com 530 SoftwareMart.com 528
KHFC.com 519 NannyFinders.com 511
Cosgrave.com 510 wwwBusiness.com 510
59556.com 509 MeatPackaging.com 508
AnimalsMatter.org 499 CelticFire.com 488
TeacherExchange.com 450 LanguageFactory.com 440
68265.com 440 MCGT.com 431
RuiHuang.com 419 RedCrossSTL.org 400
CoverClub.com 391 PPOT.com 379
Ecocean.org 355 8Q1.com 352
SRCG.com 350 NCShakes.org 349
MeetingFacilities.com 347 NYCFlorists.com 343
52615.com 340 39579.com 339
Addiction
Programs.com 331 AmericanTourist.com 324
SavientPharma.com 324 ABA
International.com 319
WMXB.com 310 ZWFJ.com 310
PlumbingProblem.com 307 L3Y.com 305
FGFQ.com 300 Q1P.com 300
Illus.com 293 NSBH.com 280
DKHH.com 279 Fidic.com 279
0NP.com 272 PortableLifts.com 266
LastOrders.com 260 UnionDeBloggers
Hispanos.com 251
DailyVietnam
News.net 250 ChappellGallery.com 250
Peakaboo.com 242 BelfastDaily.com 237
66430.com 230 WIEO.com 225
PixelSlot.com 222 PDFE.com 221
Leptospirosis.org 221 14655.com 210
Couponat.com 210 ExpertGym.com 198
EddieDaniels
Clarinet.com 180 WhoisOnline.net 175
Youth2000NY.com 175 PensionReform.com 170
StudenTalk.com [sic] 169 PPCLeads.com 166
ElectraCash.com 160 MexicanPacific.com 158
HDGraphics.com 152 MISBTDC.net 151
BasicGuru.com 143 CharlotteBikes.org 135
PlaceDog.com 126 PuraVidaTapas.com 112
Chilled.org 111 AMCVB.com 111
ParentHotline.net 110 T2AH.com 100
Glumpy.com 99 TheLeftHand.com 95
CivilWar
PhotoGallery.com 91 DallasMetroCare.com 90
SanteFeLawyers.com 89 RentalTruck
Quotes.com 89
Excrypto.com 80 EasyQuick
Money.com 79
HLTCentral.org 79 Cambrosia.com 79
Sunlo.com 79 VisitThe
CaymanIslands.com 69
Moonex.com 69 SummitColorado.com 69
Blokin.com 69 MovingTruck
RentalQuotes.com 69

Too much to talk about. With Uniregistry / DomainNameSales based in the Caymans, I fully expected Frank Schilling or one of his employees to pick up VisitTheCaymanIslands.com for more than $69. Without competition from those folks (who do frequently bid up quite high at NameJet), someone got quite the deal!

USImports.com summarizes a big commercial topic for a mere $565. In a different way, so does PensionReform.com ($170). Both good buys. As you might have guessed, the 2 highest of 3 “club” domains to sell in .COM – PaperClub.com ($1k) + PaddockClub.com ($1k) –match .CLUB domains held by the registry. CoverClub.com ($390) has a .CLUB registered to someone else, whereas 2 “gallery” items above have left .GALLERY domains unregistered. TheLeftHand.com ($95) doesn’t know what the right side is up to.

CC.net domains performed well, with U5.net ($2.6k) followed by Q4.net ($2k). Slightly different is E-1.com, which fetched $1.2k. I count 5 CCC.com’s between $272 and $1621. To me it’s not clear why A2G.com is worth more than 5 times as much as Q1P.com and L3Y.com.

Among the LLLLs, HINZ.com ($6.1k) is a surname … and might also have been regarded as a typo of Heinz.com. CMSB.com ($5k) corresponds to the ticker for CMS Bancorp, Inc., which could add a second bank to our weekly roster. Hopefully CCUP.com ($4.5k) is not meant as an acronym, since the association with brassieres is inescapable. LCBC.com ($3.4k) would shorten the name of this church’s website. Some of these LLLLs are cagey and don’t give up their secrets without some interrogation – SGPC.com ($1.5k), for instance. CAGY.com ($1.9k) may be used as an acronym for Canada or California, but it resembles an English word closely enough to stand on its own as a brandable. Shed.org ($1.6k) is an actual word for storage or weight loss. RYLY.com ($1.3k) is both a CVCV and a unisex proper name (although oddly spelled) . DNGO.com ($875) is just shy of an Australian wild dog – not a bad fit for the domain name industry either.

Innovate.org ($1.7k) skyrocketed in an overtime bid war. Other .ORGs and .NETs (apart from Shed.org, U5.net, and Q4.net) ended in the hundreds. That includes high $xxx for a 2-word .NET such as EstatePlanning.net ($795). Retail could go higher, given the money at stake in that niche.

HotFun.com ($3.4k) might wind up on a tropical beach or as adult entertainment. TheMessiah.com ($1.4k) may be devoted to that most English of German musical works, Händel’s famous oratorio, which is frequently performed (with singalongs) at Christmas; or the domain may be devoted to what “The Messiah” is about – Jesus. Of course, from a Jewish perspective, the messiah wouldn’t be Jesus at all. So there are several possibilities there.

Since so many domainers dabble in bitcoins and bitcoin-related domains, I should point out Bitcoinvestor.com ($1.1k). That along with Cambrosia.com ($70) and arguably Ecocean.com ($355) are good examples of elision, as opposed to StudenTalk.com ($169). Peakaboo.com ($242) isn’t a bad pun, but it does require spelling out in conversation.

The Spanish domain, UnionDeBloggersHispanos.com ($251), makes for quite a long title. One would think so many bloggers could (between them) devise a shorter alternative. And perhaps they did, allowing this domain to expire. But it’s nowhere near as bad as MISBTDC.net ($151).

Jazz fans (of the non-basketball variety) may have seen this guy in concert: EddieDanielsClarinet.com ($180).
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