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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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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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 : Sales volume going “nukular”

China is flexing its muscles to North Korea, all while an armada of US ships prepares for joint naval drills with South Korea off the coast. The world is turning mad, and it’d take one madman at the helm to bring the world close to a global nuclear holocaust. Last time this happened, Russia was […]

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Chinese domain market report : It’s all about the letter Xi

China’s President, Xi Jinping, is currently on a formal visit to the US; President Donald Trump heralded the progress in discussions as “tremendous.” However, in 2016 Mr. Trump said China had “raped the US” in the financial markets, promising to brand China as a “currency manipulator.” Chinese domain investors should feel more confident, knowing that […]

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Chinese domain market report : It’s the year of the Rooster

The Chinese year of the Rooster is on, and a long weekend of celebrations is underway in China. Millions of dollars is given away as monetary presents, in a tradition that intends to bring good luck and prosperity to the recipients. Just like at the beginning of last year, the Chinese domain market is witnessing […]

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Chinese domain market report : Credit card worthiness system to slow down investors

Domain investors in China, take notice: a new credit card worthiness system is taking effect soon, and it has the potential to affect the Chinese domain market. Initially rolled out for 16 occupations such as public servants, real estate agents, tour guides, lawyers, teachers and pharmacists, the credit rating for trustworthiness will eventually expand to […]

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Chinese domain market report: Zhou Youguang, father of pinyin, dead at 111

Zhou Youguang, the creator of the Chinese pinyin system, passed away in Beijing at the age of 111. Zhou was an economics professor in Shanghai, when the government asked him to to quit his job and join a national committee to develop a new alphabetic writing system. By 1958, Zhou and his colleagues had created […]

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Chinese domain market report : Bye bye 2016

This is the final Chinese domain market report for 2016, a year that saw “Chinese premiums” plummet in value and sales volume. A year ago, prices were more than twice as high, often surpassing $2,500 for random, “junk” QJZX letters in the .com TLD. As prices peaked, so did the white noise about lesser extensions, […]

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Chinese domain market report : Is it downhill from here?

When the year of the Monkey began on February 8th, many expected 2016 to be producing immeasurable wealth. The Chinese domain market thrived in 2015, leading many to believe the voices of those pushing a game of musical chairs. Domain investors recognizing the fallacy of the “Chips” paradigm, where thousands of domains changed hands without […]

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Chinese domain market report : Do you bleach your meat?

China faces unprecedented growth, rising up from a nation of rice farmers, to a technological giant. Still, the 2nd largest economy in the world operates as a highly unregulated market, and safety regulations are indeed suffering. Take, for example, the case of “bleached meat“ – more than 1000 tons of it – that was smuggled […]

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Chinese domain market sales : XMC chips for $2.8 billion dollars!

Big things are coming from China, where corporate budgets can be outlandish by Western standards. The world’s 2nd largest economy is driven by lavish investments and spending reminiscent of the Silicon Valley days in the late 90’s. What drives growth, is memory (RAM) chips for every electronic device imaginable. In an online world heading towards […]

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