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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BigFatDomainWallet : We’re transferring money to your Bank account!

Dear Bob, You recently asked us to transfer $2,552.48 USD from your BigFatDomainWallet account to your Bank of Scotland account, and we’re working on it. Most of the time, it takes 3 to 4 business days, weekends and national holidays excluded, to make this happen. Your money is currently in cyberspace, floating around like Pokemon […]

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Spectrum.com : Charter Communications acquired this premium domain

The merger and acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Charter Communications, creates a behemoth in the Internet and cable TV market. The resulting entity is called Charter Spectrum, operating from the domain Spectrum.com, registered in 1994. The domain Spectrum.com was sold to Charter Communications by Sun Life Financial, a Canadian company, around Oct. 31, 2014 […]

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Chinese domain market report : Tiangong-1 might crash and burn

Nihao Shanghai, we have a problem. Tiangong-1 is a Chinese space station weighing 8 tons, and there is trouble with its orbit. In 2011, China’s own space station was launched to conduct experiments in orbit and it exceeded its expected lifespan of 2 years. During that time, it docked with three Shenzhou spacecrafts. And now, […]

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Chinese domain market report : No “fake news” allowed in China

Glad to live in America, where delivering parody news, even when critical of politicians and the government itself, equals protected speech. In China, it’s going to get serious soon, as the State Internet Information Office has urged increased vigilance in cracking down on “fake news” on the Internet. According to ChinaDaily, a number of heavy-visited […]

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