Chinese domain market : No more Bitcoin exchanges in China

China is getting ready to pull the plug on local Bitcoin exchanges, a step beyond ICO banning. The Chinese government is an unstoppable machine that regulates the Internet in China, hiding many Western service companies behind the Great Firewall. By ending the activity of local Bitcoin exchanges, China intends to strengthen its control and regulation […]

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Chinese domain market report : Prices down, sales volume down

The Chinese domain market has slowed down severely, with the overall sales volume dropping about 30%. Average price for the “Chinese premium” letters is hovering below the $900 dollar mark, something we witnessed in our last report. Some might say, it’s the end of summer doldrums, and overall, this year has been better than 2016, […]

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Chinese domain market report : Chip prices drop below $900

The unthinkable has finally happened, and we’re not talking about the nuclear Armageddon looming over the North Korea crisis. Chinese “Chips” – long considered to be the domain coinage of choice among progressive domain investors – have steadily declined in value, along with the resurgence of Bitcoin. During the past 18 months prices fell from […]

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Chinese domain market report : Amazon to end VPN access for AWS in China

The Chinese government is upping the game of VPN thrones, ordering Amazon to end its VPN services for China’s customers. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its Chinese partner, are informing cloud customers in China that VPNs will no longer be allowed. Beijing Sinnet Technology, the local partner for AWS operations in China, sent out several […]

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Chinese domain market report : No more VPN access in China

The Chinese government wants its citizens to play nice, and refrain from using virtual private networks (VPN) to access forbidden content. VPNs allow the bypassing of China’s “Great Firewall” aimed at restricting access to overseas web sites. With that in mind, Apple was ordered to remove VPN apps from its store, and the 15th biggest […]

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Chinese domain market report : China’s ChiNext is dropping fast, so how about them “Chips” ?

China’s “Nasdaq” index is a small-caps share gauge, and just about to become cheaper than the Nasdaq Composite Index, for the first time. After raising $21 billion dollars from share sales between 2014 – 2016, the 100 ChiNext members posted a combined profit of “only” $17 billion dollars. According to data compiled by Bloomberg, that […]

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China’s 14 billion yuan domain market is old news!

China‘s local domain market is worth 14 billion yuan, and that’s the latest released data from 2015. In other words, that’s old news. During the Global Domain Summit held last week in Xiamen, China, some of the data presented involved the numbers of Chinese domain extensions, including IDN domains. Mao Wei, head of the Chinese-language […]

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Dipping Chips : Sub $800 dollar sale a prelude for lower rates?

We’ve been tracking the rise, progress and demise of domain “Chips” for the past couple of years, and another negative milestone was reached recently. Once valued at more than $2,500 dollars, LLLL .com domains without vowels or the letter “V” dropped to $1,000 levels in recent months. And now, a NameJet auction for the domain […]

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Global Domain Summit 2017 : Sedo gets gold during Chinese domain conference

GDS 2017, the Global Domain Summit, takes place in Xiamen, China, between July 7th and 9th. The Chinese conference is co-organized by Verisign, Godaddy, AliCloud, Baidu Cloud, eName and Bizcn. Global Domain Summit is the largest and the most influential global domain name industry event in China, according to the organizers. Last year, it attracted […]

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New six percent tax in China : Domains are now “intangible assets”

On July 1st, China introduced a 6% tax levy on domain names, and this is good news. Some might wonder, how would an act of “Communist Capitalism” such as this be “good news” for the Chinese domain investors? Very simple. According to this chart sheet in Chinese, domain name sales are categorized as “Sales of […]

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Chinese domain market report : Clickfarm scam got clicks going

A Chinese clickfarm utilized 400 iPhone devices, with 300 thousand SIM cards; its operators were located in Thailand. Low cost of phone carrier services lured the Chinese schemers to Thailand, who were paid thousands of dollars to boost the popularity of Chinese apps and web sites. The sophisticated clickfarm ran bots on hundreds of iPhones […]

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