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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Chinese domain market report : Can’t blog about celebrities in China!

The Chinese Internet consumers are like everywhere else; they love reading juicy news about celebrities. In yet another act of censorship, China’s government will be closing down social media accounts that share gossip about celebrities, asking Internet providers for a “crackdown.” The Beijing Cyberspace Administration states that “web sites need to adopt effective measures to […]

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Is the LLL .com market losing its steam?

In recent weeks, the LLL .com market shows signs of losing steam. One of the longest category of “coin” domains that retain liquidity, three letter .com domains witnessed a huge increase in valuation over the years. In the early 2000’s one could get random letter LLL .com domains for prices ranging between $1,000 and $3,000. […]

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Chinese domain market report : China might not be #1 after all

China might not be numero uno, after all. The world’s second largest economy is a fast-paced, growing consumer market operating on the Chinese “Communist Capitalism” model. And yet, there are indications that India, another fast-growing economy, is in fact more populous than China. In a shocking report, Yi Fuxian, a University of Wisconsin-Madison academic, says […]

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Chinese domain market report : Selling ice to the Eskimo won’t work in China

There’s a reason why the old saying, “selling ice to the Eskimo” still holds plenty of cold water. Domain investors selling to each-other, especially when it’s a trade between buddies promoting auctions, can only get one that much money. The market gets saturated with the product and prices drop – simple as that. Gone are […]

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Chips before chicks : Dot .Com and .Net report on LLLL domains

The world of domain Chips isn’t what it used to be. Four letter domains with letters that appeal to the Chinese – no vowels, no letter “V” – have seen much better days. These days, domain sales volume is steady, perhaps because prices have dropped substantially from their all-time high in late 2015. Today’s special […]

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Chinese domain market report : FMA, West.CN and current LLLL .com sales

Our previous post about quoting article sources hit a positive nerve with West.CN, and they promised to link back to those articles from now on. “We promise we will post your website URL in the articles from now on, Hope you don’t mind and you can check it later.” That’s great attitude and response from […]

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