Quick update: VPS.Cheap has been sold.
At this point, I can say that two new gTLDs have been profitable for me: Dot XYZ and Dot Directory.
As far as Dot XYZ is concerned, I sold 9 domains for a grand total of $595. As mentioned here, I listed 9 Dot XYZ domains over at CAX and one of them was sold for 95 bucks. Later on, another domainer offered me 500 bucks for the remaining 8 domains and I accepted the offer.
As far as the amounts I spent are concerned, 8 of them were registered over at NameCheap at $11.06 a pop and one of them at GoDaddy, $15.17 for that one.
All in all: I spent $103.65 and made $595.
I own one more Dot XYZ domain, Stocks.XYZ but I don’t consider that one a domain investment. I want to turn it into a megasite like the ones I’m building through my development service (MegaSites.com) and will be documenting my development experiment, as mentioned here.
And as far as Dot Directory is concerned: the same domainer who bought the 8 Dot XYZ domains ended up buying Domaining.Directory for 95 bucks. It’s the only Dot Directory domain I own.
Paid $17.17 for it over at GoDaddy (I used one of the 30% off coupons if I’m not mistaken) and made $95.
All in all, that’s how things stand as far as my first profitable new gTLDs are concerned:
1) Spent $103.65 on 9 dot XYZ domains and made $595
2) Spent $17.17 on a Dot Directory domain and made $95
Not exactly amounts that can fund your retirement but still, this does prove that there’s reseller market demand for new gTLDs if they’re priced aggressively.
All of them have been sold to domainers.
The following questions arises: is this approach scalable?
In my opinion, it’s not.
As those of you who are following my case study know, I’ve been a very picky buyer. After lots and lots of launches, I ended up with only 34 domains (ok, I also have 100 Dot Berlin domains but those were free). Stocks.XYZ is my only landrush domain but again, that’s a development project rather than a domain investment.
All of the other domains have been bought at the very beginning of the General Availability phase. None of them carry premium renewals, as I tend to avoid such domains.
Why is this approach not scalable?
Because to sell new gTLDs to another domainer, the domains have to be very good *and* the prices have to be low. Despite the fact that there are already lots of new gTLDs, there aren’t that many domains which genuinely have reseller market sales potential.
Well, mainly because:
1) A lot of good domains are reserved
2) A lot of good domains carry premium renewals
3) Some of the new gTLDs have high regular registration/renewal fees
4) The “word + extension” combination has to make sense
These are just 4 reasons but I’m sure you understand why building a solid new gTLD portfolio isn’t all that easy.
Sure, you could “relax” your domain acquisition strategy and buy more domains by also settling for “this one will do, I guess”-ish acquisitions but if you do that, I honestly doubt there will be much (if any) reseller market demand for your domains.
And even if your domains are very good, the prices have to be very low to attract domainers.
So if you think that you can sell new gTLDs for 4/5 figures to another domainer, think again. If your domains aren’t great *and* priced aggressively, selling to other domainers is pretty much out of the question.
Alright, that’s pretty much it for now.
Here are the other new gTLDs I own along with prices.
If you see something you like, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know which domain(s) you want to buy.
Loans.Social + Lending.Social + Borrowing.Social – $495 for all 3 (social lending is one of the next big things in the financial world for sure, these are my favorite new gTLD domains and I’m selling them as a package for $495 because they belong together in my opinion)
Bookmarks.Social + Bookmarking.Social – $245
Next, here are my 5 other dot social domains at $95 each if you buy individually or $85 each if you buy all of them:
Here are 9 dot cool domains at $85 each if you buy individually, $80 each if you buy at least 5 or $75 each if you buy all of them:
And last but not least, here are my 3 other new gTLD domains:
Safest.Email + SafestEmail.com – $125
VPS.Cheap – $95
Chair.Expert – $95
As mentioned previously, shoot me an email at email@example.com to let me know which domain(s) you want to buy.
This is the first time I’ve made my reseller market prices public.
First come, first served.