I for one don’t think we can simply use the term “domain market” in a way which encompasses absolutely everything. For example, NNN dot coms and NNNN dot coms have done remarkably well lately. Other domain types haven’t. For some domains, there’s lots and lots of demand whereas for others, there is practically none.
Therefore, I’d say we’re better off being more specific and using terms such as “LLL dot com market” or “LL dot net market” because quite frankly, there’s no such thing as a “domain market” at this point. Over the next year, I’m reasonably confident that the performance of various domain markets will be all over the place: certain domain types will go up in value, certain domain types will stagnate and certain domain types will go down in value.
Now some of you are probably asking yourselves:
Isn’t it the same way with stocks? Why is the term “stock market” relevant whereas the term “domain market” isn’t?
There’s one fundamental distinction.
With stocks, liquidating a position (selling) is a piece of cake.
You log into your brokerage account, press a button and bam, problem solved.
Domains are more complicated in that respect.
Go through the DNJournal sales archive when you get a chance to. A lot of the domains which were sold for decent prices wouldn’t have found a buyer on the reseller market. In other words, if the owners would have tried to sell them to domainers, they wouldn’t have been successful due to lack of demand.
Short domains are the closest thing we have to the stock market in terms of liquidity, which further reinforces my point that the term “domain market” is not appropriate. Also, for a lot of domains, there really isn’t a “market” in the first place.
Sure, they might fetch decent prices if/when the right end comes along but if that doesn’t happen and the owner were to try selling on the reseller market, literally nobody would be interested.
All in all, I’d say the three questions below sum everything up nicely:
Short domain market?
LLL dot com market?
Yes, even better since it’s more specific.