Chinese domain market report : Better “Chips” sales this year?

Welcome to the first edition of the Chinese domain market report for 2017. We analyze trends and sales of short domains, between 1 to 4 characters, in the .CN, .COM and .NET TLDs. Sometimes we bend the rules a little bit, to include other notable domain sales outside this range. Last year delivered a disastrous […]

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Travel King : Is Rick Schwartz getting ready to conquer China?

The Domain KingĀ®, Rick Schwartz, is far from retired. Domain investing is Rick’s passion, and tapping into both established and emerging markets is part of his daily research. While 2016 has been a good year for political domains, the long term focus is technology, media and the global economy. Two years ago, Rick Schwartz acquired […]

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Chinese domain market report : Trickle, trickle, trickle

The Chinese domain market has entered the fourth and final quarter of the Year of the Monkey, and things are not looking good. Domain prices are down, sales volume is way down. This year has been a shadow of 2015, when the game of LLLL .com “Chips” reached its highest peak. Just like the stock […]

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Chinese domain market report : Hong Kong beer is crazy expensive!

Hong Kong is a former British colony, and since 1997 it’s part of China, with a special status as a financial center of Asia. Domain investor and broker, James Booth, is currently visiting Hong Kong, and had a few not so positive words to say about its high pollution and outlandish pricing. Having lived and […]

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Chinese domain market report : Chips back “en vogue” in China

Despite a drop in the sales volume, and a substantial loss in value since the end of 2015, Chinese domain investors maintain a strong interest in domain chips. Not just any domain “Chips” but .CN chips in particular. Chinese domain “chips” are four letter .CN domains, that contain the following letters: B,C,D,F,G,H,J,K,L,M,N,P,Q,R,S,T,W,X,Y,Z According to many […]

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Chinese domain market report : Would you buy aftermarket domains from China?

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 […]

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Chinese domain market report : China thrives on VPN use

If you live in China, many western destinations are blocked by the Great Firewall. Popular web sites such as Google and Facebook are not directly accessible by the average Chinese Internet user. According to Internet Live Stats, China has a staggering 721.4 million Internet users, with a population penetration of 52.2%. The obvious solution to […]

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Chinese domain market report : South China Sea web site propaganda

Chinese officials are upping the typical game of government propaganda, by rolling out a web site on the South China Sea crisis. Following an international tribunal’s decision that the South China Sea islands can’t solely be claimed by China, the world’s 2nd largest economy is upping the ante. Operating from TheSouthChinaSea.org along with other 5 […]

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Dear Chinese domainers : CRZ.com is *still* not for sale

In October of last year, we shared our discovery of an entertaining web page, dedicated to sharing inquiries for the domain CRZ.com. An acronym of its owner’s full name, Christopher Robin Zimmerman, the aged three letter domain has been receiving offers to sell, non-stop. Naturally, the owner does not want to sell, and continues to […]

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XMY.com domain UDRP lost, amidst domain theft allegations

The domain XMY.com has been challenged in a UDRP, by its former owners, who allege that it was stolen. The WIPO case was decided in Chinese, as both the Complainant and the Respondent are in China. The Complainant alleges that the domain was stolen from its possession around August 2013, and currently operates from XMY.so […]

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Chinese domain market report : China’s investment in .CN explodes

In January, during NamesCon, the Chinese domain registrar CNNIC proudly announced that .CN is the largest ccTLD in the world. At the time, more than 14 million .CN domains were “in circulation,” having surpassed Germany’s .DE registrations. The number is considerably higher now, as the domain market and investment in .CN domains has exploded. According […]

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Chinese domain market report : Numeric domains save the week

It’s been a slow week for the Chinese domain market. Other than a notable sale of a two letter domain, YK.com, and the apparent re-sale of another, PT.com, the typical “Chips” market appears rather flat. Chinese domain investors, energized by their World Domain Conference in China, might think otherwise. We shall see in the coming […]

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