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Breaking: Rick Schwartz Sells to Microsoft for $2.88M!

Posted on 01 April 2017 by Andrei

Update: yep, April Fools :)

Literally two minutes ago, Rick Schwartz announced the following on twitter:

“I would like to announce the sale of http://SMARTGLASSES.COM to MICROSOFT in biggest domain sale since 2015. $2.88MM. I Paid $3280 #Domains”
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The $201,250 Casino.Online Sale Is Great… but Not for Domainers :)

Posted on 26 March 2017 by Andrei

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have to ask: how much money did domainers make after the $201,250 Casino.Online sale? The answer is obvious: a big fat $0, because the domain was sold by the registry to an end user, NOT by a domainer.
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Dot Net Prices Almost Doubled Since 2012

Posted on 25 January 2017 by Andrei

A few minutes ago, Elliot pointed out that GoDaddy just emailed its customers about a Dot Net price increase that’s scheduled for February 1. You should expect emails from some of the other registrars as well, since Verisign (the entity which is in charge of Dot Com as well as Dot Net) has decided to make wholesale prices go up.

Verisign is allowed to increase Dot Net prices by 10% each year, whereas with Dot Coms, they’re no longer allowed to do that. 10% per year may not seem like much but it definitely adds up. Especially if you’re a big portfolio holder.

Here’s what happened to Dot Net prices since 2012.
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Comments (3) Not Re-Opening for the Time Being

Posted on 14 March 2016 by Andrei

According to a recent email they’ve sent, will be closed for a few more days. Their exact wording is “several days more” and “several” is pretty strong wording but since the people behind the escrow service are from China, it might just be a language barrier thing, perhaps they didn’t use “several” to indicate that we’ll be talking about a significant amount of time and simply should have used “a few” or “lighter” expressions.
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Will I Be Using’s Concierge Service?

Posted on 23 February 2016 by Andrei

A lot of people have been waiting for this feature and I’m glad will be offering it as of this point.

If you don’t know what the concierge service is all about, here’s a short explanation: up until this point, did not take possession of the domain at all. In other words, the buyer paid and then instructed the seller to transfer the domain directly to the buyer. After the seller did this and the buyer confirmed, paid the buyer.
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Last Chance to Submit Domains for the Right Of The Dot + NameJet NamesCon Auction

Posted on 18 November 2015 by Andrei

If you want your domain(s) to be included in the ROTD + NJ auction which will take place during January 10 – 13 in Las Vegas, be sure to finalize your submissions before the end of this business week.
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Comments Off Acquires Numeric Domain Name Portfolio in $1 Million Transaction

Posted on 13 November 2015 by Andrei

Always good to see publicly reported sales such as this one, as they help put our industry on the map. Was very happy when Sai from informed me about the deal and I’d like to share the full press release with you guys:
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The 6N Dot Com Buyout Has Been Pretty Much Finalized

Posted on 07 November 2015 by Andrei

On Thursday, I’ve reported that the buyout has been completed and today, it seems the buyout has been finalized as well.
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The LLLL Dot Net Buyout Has Been Finalized

Posted on 05 November 2015 by Andrei

A special thanks to Dan for giving me the information earlier today that only ~5k or so LLLL dot nets were left. Since I chatted with him about this, the remaining 5k domains have also been registered, so we can conclude that the LLLL dot net buyout has been finalized.
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This Week’s New gTLD Launches

Posted on 10 November 2014 by Andrei

Six new gTLDs are in the spotlight this week, five General Availability phases and one landrush. Wednesday will be this week’s busiest day (with three GA phases and one landush), whereas tomorrow and on Thursday, there will be one GA phase.

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