During the past 2 years, the Chinese domain market has exploded with activity.
While self-sufficient, China’s domain investors more often buy domains from Westerners liquidating their domain portfolios.
This is particularly common with short, “coinage” domains, particularly the “Chip” kind.
Chinese domainers then trade these domains among themselves.
It’s not uncommon for a domain to be traded five or six times during the course of a just few months.
The WHOIS information is particularly difficult to identify a domain’s ownership, with names being omitted or improvised, and QQ email addresses used mostly.
Which raises the question: Would you buy domains owned by Chinese domain investors, if you’re a Westerner?
Let’s take a quick poll:
With domain theft incidents skyrocketing in volume since 2014, the status of any domain that is in Chinese hands requires extra scrutiny.
There are cases where allegedly stolen domains were impossible to retrieve even via the UDRP process, and not every domain registrar in China abides by requests to reverse an unlawful domain transfer, without any additional legal force.
We keep track of the Chinese domain market transactions, for domains that are 2 to 4 characters in length, in the .CN, .COM and .NET TLDs.
Here is today’s list of domains:
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