Analysis Selling

Weekly Domain Name Sales May 8 – 14, 2019

In this weekly analysis of domain name sales data from the NameBio database, there were more than 300 sales per day every day in the reporting period. However, prices remain somewhat muted, with the average price of less than $600 on six of the seven days, and the median price slipped below the $200 value on two of the seven days.

The total volume was healthy, with more than $150,000 in domain sales (>$100 value) exchanged hands every day in the reporting period.

These daily summaries (see below) summarize with format number of sales (above $100 in value), average price, median price, number of sales at or above $1000, and the total sales volume. That is is followed by a listing of about a dozen domain names that attracted our attention. At the bottom of the document  we discuss some trends we are observing in domain name sales.

Weekly Statistics

During the past week the number of sales (above $100) per day ranged from 309 to 383.

The highest average daily price was $819. The lowest average daily sale price was $476.

The median daily sale price, which is immune to impacts from a  few large sales, stayed within a narrow range from $197 to $225. Twice the median daily price was below $200, which has happened very rarely in past.

The number of sales per day and total volume are healthy, but both median and average prices have been edging downward, it would seem.

The number of daily sales above $1000 ranged from 23 to 46.

The daily sales volume ranged from a low of about $155k to a high of about $253k. These sales volumes are healthy compared to the period since we began this series. Note that the volume reported only includes sales above $100 in value – NameBio in their Daily Market Report now include all sales in their reported volume figure.

My Favourites

Each week I identify some names that stood out for me because they were creative, in important niches, or otherwise interesting. I also try to fairly represent the types of domains selling at significant prices during the week. While these are not exclusively the top sales from the week, most (not all) are selected from sales of $1000 or more.

My personal favourite names from this week Banff (org), bateau (club), chang (cc), chill (net), DomainStudio (com), DotCrypto (com), destinator (com), edito (com), glad (net), GoSky (net), HouseSmart (com), LearningGames (com), lesson (ai), pillows (org), prove (io), ResearchStudio (com), RiseEarth (com), StartFresh (com), tunes (tv) and watchers (to).

Daily Summaries

May 8, 2019

367 sales, $484 average, $197 median, 36 >$1k, $178k Noted StylusMagazine, EconoLight, yona, limeo, ellusion, HouseSmart, InfernoSystems, DomainNamePortfolio, HopeCapital (com); retirement, lesson (ai); debtonation, ProjectRecovery (org); cybex (net).

May 9, 2019

321 sales, $508 average, $208 median, 34 >$1k, $163k Noted FixIt (be); Chang (cc); GlobalNetwork (org); FootballPictures (net); U-E, karta, careeria, iActivate, DotCrypto, RiseEarth, ResearchStudio, EuroLoans, LootMaster, iconi, various 5N (com).

May 10, 2019

313 sales, $530 average, $216 median, 36 >$1k, $166k Noted: preparedness, CoverStory, VirtualFestivals, DomainStudio, BabyHouse, TravelSurvey, ZZAA, pendulums (com); GoSky, PRC, tuberculosis, webs, Pope2You, 0808 (net); cops (org); watchers (to).

May 11, 2019

325 sales, $476 average, $209 median, 25 >$1k, $155k Noted: NorseCorp, FIVL, voltronic, destinator, keat, bkit, EvergreenEnergy, HeMagazine, ThinkFlow, PressWeb (com); coneco, glad (net); LogInAid, TheOthers, Banff (org); i9 (tv); prove (io).

May 12, 2019

312 sales, $561 average, $204 median, 23 >$1k, $175k Noted 6432, LearningGames, ImageClinic, ProjectPlus, TheFruit, DepressionTreatment, WebSystem, MotorcycleKeys, dimwit, ufashion, turgo, LC19 (com); chill, veritas (net); cielo, MothersCenter (org).

May 13, 2019

309 sales, $819 average, $225 median, 46 >$1k, $253k Noted 4U (tube); thiink, 10234, authentica,  SeasideHomes, PlusMore, VancouverRealty, CampusGym, BulkyPix (com); pillows (org); Dif (net); convoy (io); tunes (tv); BrixenCard (info); bateau (club).

May 14, 2019

383 sales, $533 average $199 median, 45>$1k, $204k Noted edito, VitaTech, StartFresh, IdealMortgage, HubSearch, EquityPath, ElectricMan, CyberInsure, ThePhoto, tolerate (com); fitech, RareDiseaseUnited, ZEX (org); TheLoveList (net) 9/10 resales down.


The trend of early 2019 for a healthy number of sales and sales volume, but average and median prices edging down, continued this week. The number of sales over $1000 also has been strong in 2019, and this week was no exception. 

As well as .com it was a good week for .net. As in recent weeks, activity in new domain extensions is sparse.

While .com dominated the week’s sales, it was also a good week for .net. New domain extensions have been weak in recent weeks, with .top in particular going from dominating the new extension list to being largely absent.

In the daily reports I kept the information as reflected in that daily report. Some sales are added to the database after the deadline and therefore do not appear. Note that in these reports I give the number of sales and sales volume for those sales of $100 or more.

Keep in mind that only certain venues report sales to NameBio. These venues represent a mix of wholesale (domain investor to domain investor) and retail (domain investor to end user) sales. The median sales price should be interpreted within that understanding. In my introductory guide to using NameBio I provide additional details on what sales are included in the database.  

I urge you to read the full Daily Market Reports at NameBio. I would like to thank Michael and others at NameBio that make this valuable database freely available to the domain community. We  have based the statistics reported here on only sales of value $100 and more, although the NameBio subscription plans allow you to study sales below the $100 price point.

Should you want to get my reflections on the NameBio reported sales on a daily basis follow me on Twitter @AGreatDomain. In case you missed the preceding weekly report it is here. We will have the next weekly report here soon as we get caught up.

About the author

Bob Hawkes

Domain analyst and commentator with particular interests in quantitative analysis, new uses for domain names, nontraditional end users, and bridging the gap between the domain community and end users. Background in science, research, education, outreach and communications, as well as almost two decades running a small home-based business. My first domain name acquisition was 2001. I hold a modest domain portfolio with legacy, country code and new extensions. Based in western Canada, but my domain outlook is global! My goal is to provide fresh insights and an evidence-based balanced outlook on the domain industry.

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