I don’t know if Rick Schwartz is living under a (golden) rock or perhaps he doesn’t read sales reports (can’t blame him if he doesn’t) but I just can’t agree with his statement that we’re in a “depressed market”. I can’t speak for the early years of domain name investing when investors could simply live off their parking revenues or that time when a lot of VC money started to flow into the world of technology around 2006 but in the ~5 years I have been active in this industry I have only seen prices for great .com domain names move up, year after year. Especially on the auction sites such as NameJet and GoDaddy where most investors do their shopping, prices are through the roof and have never been higher. Only a very small percentage of my portfolio (less than 10%) consists of GTLD’s and I have to admit I have not had a decent offer on any of them in all these years so I do agree with the rest of Rick’s post that most of the investors who went all in on these new extensions, especially those with the intention to hold on to them for the long-term are very unlikely to ever turn a profit, especially with the silent killer that renewals are. To sum it up, the market for GTLDs is depressed but the market for brandable .com domain names is ???????????? – if you ask me!
I’ll let this weeks list do the rest of the talking:
Please do keep in mind that these are the highest sales that have been reported at NameBio et al. This list is meant to help give you insights and is nowhere near complete as many sales are kept private and the major marketplaces specializing in brandable domains do not report their sales. Some domain name sales might not have been paid for yet.
Meanwhile, here are some solid brandable domains coming up for auction shortly: