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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Future.com : Domain appears to have been sold

Ultra premium domain name, Future.com, has entered escrow and appears to have been sold. Registered in 2000, Future.com has been in Chinese hands for a while; the new registrant is most likely in China as well. The domain was owned by CBS Interactive for many years, until it was sold some time in 2015. There […]

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Domain blast : Future Media Architects sold Impact.com

Future Media Architects has one of the most sought-after domain portfolios; the brainchild of domain investor Thunayan K. AL-Ghanim (Elequa) is top notch. Gone are the days that Elequa wouldn’t part ways with any of his premium domains. In recent months, FMA has been liquidating its 4L .com domains, particularly those that are “Chinese premium” […]

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Did Ashanti PLC sell Kalashnikov.com to Russian arms manufacturer?

Last year, we noted how Russian arms manufacturer, Kalashnikov, was branching into fashion. That news, led us to discover that the domain Kalashnikov.com was in the possession of Ashanti PLC, a Hong Kong corporation. Fast forward to news about how Kalashnikov plans to seek registration of its brand and trademarks in the US and Europe, […]

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Domain sales : Does it help if your avatar looks hot?

Many accounts on domain forums make use of an attractive avatar, preferably female and non-identifiable. There’s a reason for that, it seems. It’s one thing if you use a known celebrity, such as Angelina Jolie, or Leonardo Di Caprio, to project both beauty and strength. It’s another, to fully indicate that you are that other […]

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AutoBytel : $2.2 million dollar valuation of UsedCars.com domain

Autobytel, an automotive media and marketing services company located in Irvine, California, acquired the domain UsedCars.com in 2015, as part of a larger $25 million acquisition of Dealix / Autotegrity. The domain’s valuation in this sale, was uncovered today: $2.2 million dollars. Canadian domain investor and sleuth, George Kirikos, dug out the reference to the […]

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NamePros & NameThreads data mining : Most members not in favor of scraping domain sales

An innovative software product by NameThreads.com, seeks to provide a better search engine for domains for sale at NamePros. The third party service is not affiliated with the domain forum, and describes its mission as follows: “Easily search all the domains for sale in Namepros.com. We have well over 100,000 domains in our database. Domain […]

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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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Win “The Domain Game” : Review and how to vastly improve your score!

Domain investor and NameBio CTO, Michael Sumner, developed a nice little game that most domainers should love. The Domain Game was developed last year for the iOS, and it just made its way to Android! Finally! 😀 The concept is deceivingly simple: guess the price that a domain was sold for, from four different ranges, […]

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Chinese domain sales report : Two letters, and more .CN rain with dozens of “Chips”

Communist Capitalism is not for the weak, and Westerners often fail to understand China’s unique financial model. Parts of China’s economy follow Western principles, particularly in Hong Kong and other major cities. Other segments of China’s economy fall behind, having to abide by Communist commerce principles. Overall, it’s confusing to many non-Chinese. The Chinese domain […]

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Ideal sleep : Mike Mann will enjoy it tonight!

Whether you need a full 8 hours of sleep, or just a few zzz’s here and there, one thing is certain: ideal sleep reboots the human brain. Domain investor and serial entrepreneur, Mike Mann, often sleeps less, and works more. Mike does not drink coffee, and enjoys tea. Perhaps it’s due to the tea’s elements […]

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