Chinese domain sales : Western Samoa and the year of the Monkey

The clock is ticking; the Chinese New Year is just 3 days away, and the parties have already started in China.

The Year of the Monkey is expected to be the time that the Chinese market corrects itself; already oversold stocks are adjusting downwards.

2016 is the Year of the Monkey.

2016 is the Year of the Monkey.

The same trend is being followed by the Chinese domain market, and sales are already slowing down. In fact, we were pondering whether it’s worth the digital ink to release today’s list of short domain sales.

However, it’s great to keep track of how China’s domain investments evolve over time.

If you haven’t heard of the latest trend, apparently the sovereign nation of Western Samoa and its matching ccTLD, dot .WS is making a big launch into China, selling its numeric range of 5 digits to 20 digits for $25 bucks a pop to the eager Chinese. Expect daily reports on availability, price trends, flipping potential and other such news on .WS domains just not from us. 😉

Here are today’s short names that have changed hands in China; some data courtesy of, the Chinese domain sales tracker.

Oops. That’s all, folks. Told you it was a short list, nothing like this huge list of 227 Chips on sale.

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