Many expected five letter dot-coms (5L) to be the next big thing in the surging Chinese domain market. Folks on NamePros were counting down the days till the buyout. The assumption was that 5Ls, especially those with repeating letters and patterns, would rise exponentially in value once every 5L was regged. Unfortunately the 5L play was interrupted by a major, ongoing decline in the CHIP market. As a result, some domainers now see most 5Ls as being worth less than reg fee. Why then did Namebio report sales on more than sixty, 5L dot-coms this past week?
Behind the Numbers
At least one 5L sale appears to be a potential upgrade for an existing company, UDpay.com ($1769). Others seem to be valuable for their correlation to International stars and shows. These include an Indian actor, Aftab.com ($660), a Bosnian footballer, Jahic.com ($364) and a Japanese TV show, Unyil.com ($179). Still others seem to have value as words in other languages. For example Hokku.com ($1500), is Japanese for “starting verse” and Zodii.com ($141) is Romanian for “zodiac”. However, there were some 5L sales this past week that many would see as potential brandables for U.S. startups.
Let’s look at a few of them:
Looking for deals? At the time of publication, these domains were available for $5 to $11 in the GoDaddy closeouts:
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