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For Most gTLDs, There Won’t Be a Reseller Market

Posted on 23 August 2012 by Andrei

If there’s one thing I’m certain of, it’s this: for most gTLDs (the overwhelming majority), there won’t be a reseller market. Period. I made money with dot net domains, I made money with dot tv domains (ok, dot tv is a ccTLD but pretty much everyone uses it as a gTLD) and so on but all of these investments had one thing in common: selling domains to resellers was a LOT harder than selling dot coms.

I sold some to end users, some to resellers and after drawing the line, there you have it: profits. But after you factor in the time it took to sell them, well let’s just say that I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the outcome.

There might be exceptions but for the most part, don’t count on there being a reseller market for new gTLDs.

The great thing about dot coms is that you’re always able to liquidate quickly if the domains are good, the same thing can’t be said about most dot com alternatives.

Am I saying there’s no money to be made?

Nope, I’m just saying that you need to be aware of the fact that liquidating new gTLD domains on the domainer to domainer market will be a lot more complicated than liquidating dot coms.

4 Comments For This Post

  1. Xdreamer Says:

    Did you contact the end users or had they come to you?Was it harder for end users too?

  2. Andrei Says:

    @Xdreamer: I sold several of them (they were product domains) to webmasters (so not “traditional” end users) since I keep in touch with lots of people who buy domains for their keyword value. I was the one who contacted them and in those cases, it wasn’t hard at all since the buyers knew exactly why they were buying them.

    I was contacted by more end users who wanted .tv domains than I would have expected. Some of them were lowballers but some of them ended up becoming buyers. Wouldn’t say it was harder in those cases either.

  3. Xdreamer Says:

    Thank you Andrei but if you can there is just one curiosity for me,where did the most money come from end users or not end users?

  4. Andrei Says:

    This much is certain: the highest sales by far were the end user ones.

    On the other hand though, domainer to domainer sales made up for it through volume. Sure, the individual prices were much lower but I sold considerably more domains to resellers than to end users and it does add up.

    Don’t have all of the numbers in front of me so I wouldn’t be able to give an answer such as 50% – 50% but the real percentage is probably pretty close to 50% – 50% since even though end user sales generated the highest revenue on a per domain basis, reseller market sales made up for it through volume.