Archive for the ‘.com’ Category

Is the eShares rebrand to Carta really a mystery?

There was an interesting article published on MorganLinton.com Nov. 9th – After raising over $67M eShares fails to secure the .COM and rebrands to Carta. This brought to light for those not involved in the startup community a major rebrand that just happened in that space.

Basically Carta formerly called eShares (using eSharesInc.com) sent out a very candid email to its client base that it has rebranded to Carta, because it does not own eShares.com. There are a lot of comments on the blog post about whether it was a good, bad or just plain stupid idea for this company to not secure the .COM and move the entire brand to Carta.com.

It is an intriguing topic but most of the comments and even opinion shared by Morgan in a follow up blog post There’s a lively discussion happening on my blog about the eShares rebrand seem to ignore the fact that eShares.com is a developed website and it is partnered with ContribA Contribution Platform for Digital Assets on the Blockchain. Many of the comments and one that was featured by Morgan are written as if eShares.com is a parked domain and that the owner probably got too greedy watching eSharesInc.com grow over the last couple years. It is also written that Carta FAILED to secure the .COM.

I happen to think that Carta never even had a chance to buy it. Although the domain is under privacy, I am assuming Chad Folkening a top domain investor and well rounded businessman still owns eShares.com and probably didn’t even flinch when/if offers came in from Carta. I was pretty surprised that two blog posts and many comments could be published on this topic as if eShares.com was just an ordinary parked domain owned by an overly greedy domainer. It took me two seconds to make the connection once I visited eShares.com and I recalled some recent publications on TheDomains and DomainNameWire that spoke about eShares and Contrib here and here. Chad explains in an article on TheDomains that there will be a utility token on the Contrib platform called eShares.

I left this information in a brief comment on the “There’s a lively discussion happening on my blog post..” article last night when there were no comments. I went to the article today there is only one comment from Francois of domaining.com so maybe my comment was censored or got trashed by accident? Anyway, I really don’t think it is a mystery at all why Carta had to rebrand. It appears to me that a very well off domain investor has a business plan with this domain and simply did not want to sell.

Get em While they Last! NP’er NameClerk Serving up (free) Available .com Lists

I subscribe to several types of threads on NamePros forum and one of them has become quite active in the last few weeks.  Bill E, of NameClerk.com has been posting available .COM lists for several years now on his NamePros thread: Get em While they Last! Available .coms.

Bill’s posts almost always have a good mix of at least a few dozen two word and one word brandable .coms of which many have been registered by NP members.  Just this morning, NameClerk served up a list of 84 names available. I just checked the thread and several members have already chimed in saying grabbed a name.  Of the 84, 19 .coms have already been registered.

Of course, most of the names suggested that go unregistered, and rightfully so..  Many of names are a bit of a stretch, highly speculative and have likely been dropped (probably by another domainer).  However, there are definitely gems hiding in NameClerk’s lists too.  I can say that I have successfully sold domains that I have registered from his lists for profit, so I know they’re worth checking out!

It’s also pretty interesting to bulk check these lists more than once to see what names that got taken that you passed on or maybe didn’t even jump out at you.  Big ups to NameClerk.com for providing the lists on NamePros thread over the years.

 

10 Picks From the NamesCon – ROTD Extended Auction

This year’s NamesCon live auction on Monday, January 23rd saw over $1.2M in domain sales.  There were some impressive sales as well as some smoking deals.  Top sales from the live auction included: Single.com ($290k), SportsCars.com ($48k), Yea.com ($45k) and Dpt.com ($42k).

The NamesCon – ROTD extended auction hosted on NameJet.com features domain names that did not close in the live auction as well as additional inventory, hand selected for this event. There are several auction lots that are close to the reserve and will probably sell by the time the extended auction closes next week on February, 9th.

We have picked 10 auction lots to feature that are close to or meet the reserve and look like good deals.

FreeChecking.com – Currently at $1,875.00. Reserve Met. Maybe one of the most common phrases you see on local banking commercials.  Great deal at current bid.

Journalists.com – Currently at $30,200. Reserve not met. Must be getting close as reserve range is $25-$50k. Big name, especially in today’s news climate.

Stop.com – Currently at $199,999. Reserve not met. According to reserve range ($100k-$200k), next bid should topple the reserve! Pretty amazing domain, Estibot valuation $492k.

Morsels.com – Currently at $1,450. Reserve met. Nice one word .COM at a pretty low price so far.

AdultClub.com – Currently at $620. No reserve.  Sexy adult name looks like a good deal at current bid, $10k Estibot valuation.

ExpiringNames.com – Currently at $360. No Reserve. Surprised to see just a few bids on this relevant domain industry name.

Realest.com – Currently at $4,300. No Reserve. Catchy name, decent price and will sell.

OL.com – Currently at $850,000. Reserve not met. Getting close as we’re in middle of reserve range ($750k-$1M).

Homecoming.com – Currently at $50,000. Reserve not met. Within reserve range of $50-$75k.

IronCurtain.com – Currently at $450. No Reserve. Cool two word .com going for a fraction of $42k Estibot valuation.

 

 

 

ClintonKaine.com VS TrumpPence.com

The winner….. Donald Trump, because he owns both of them.

ClintonKaine.com and TrumpPence.com represent the combination of last names for both Democrat and Republican presidential candidates and their respective VP nominees. The Trump campaign did not hand register either of these domains, they were both purchased this year.  So, what is premium presidential domain name worth during the height an election cycle?

presidential-election-1336480_640It appears the answer this go round is $15-$20k.  These domains were both listed for sale shortly after the candidates chose their VP running mates, and both sold this year.

TrumpPence.com was registered this February and sold on the Flippa.com marketplace last month for just shy of $19k ($18,734 officially). The domain was recently put to use forwarding to a fundraising splash page on DonaldJTrump.com, the campaigns’ official website.

ClintonKaine.com has been registered since 2011, before the last election cycle. It also sold via Flippa for $15,000 last month. TheDomains reached out to the seller to confirm the sales price and get further details. It was revealed that the Clinton campaign offered $2,000 for the domain. That’s when the registrant connected with a broker that eventually made the sale. ClintonKaine.com now points to a page on DonaldJTrump.com that is titled ‘Disqualify Hillary Clinton’.

Political domain names generally have quite a short shelf life once an election cycle is underway, but can be lucrative if utilized in a timely manner.

Poll: Will Liquid ChiPs Continue To Dip in 2016?

2016 is flying by and we are getting closer to expiration dates on many different type of ChiPs (Chinese Premium) names that were bought out last year.  Many of these being longer numerics and 3-5 L/N/C domains in com net and org as well as many new extensions.  My guess is we’ll see massive drops as buyouts won’t hold but the biggest question is what is in store for the most liquid ChiPs like LLL, LLLL, 4N and 5N .com/.net?

Excluding 3 letter .coms, I think the best indicator on how ChiPs are doing overall is to look at the LLLL .coms which have dipped to average trading price around $1100 – $1500 with a few falling just short of the $2k mark. Source That’s a big decline compared to when they were trading at their peak a few months ago for $2500-$3000.  The LLLL .com ChiPs seem to have stopped their descent at the $1k+ mark and I think that’s a good sign.

So, with tons of renewals looming and potential massive drops in the lower end ChiP market (5L .com, 6N – 8N .com, 3-5 letter/number/character names in .xyz, .top, .club, .online, .etc) How do you think the liquid ChiP market will fair in 2016?

How will liquid ChiP domains finish out 2016?

  • Start to gradually increase almost back to 2015 Q4 figures (30%, 14 Votes)
  • Continue to drop but still have more value than similar non-ChiP domains (22%, 10 Votes)
  • Hold steady (22%, 10 Votes)
  • Sink like the Titanic (20%, 9 Votes)
  • Skyrocket! (7%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 46

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