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Is There a Reseller Market for “The Best of the Best” New gTLDs?

Posted on 13 September 2015 by Andrei

And when I’m referring to “the best of the best”, I’m not talking about the top 10,000 names within an extension and not even about the top 1,000.

I’m referring to let’s say the absolute best 100 domain names.

Thus far, the only success I’ve had selling new gTLDs on the reseller market has been right after the launch, while the extension in question was in the spotlight so to speak.

As far as Dot XYZ is concerned, I did notice an uptick in interest after the Google Alphabet thing and if someone would have offered me very low 4 figures for Stocks.XYZ, I wouldn’t have said no. Quite frankly, I’d accept a $1,500 offer today. But I didn’t receive any 4 figure offers and in my case, we’re talking about “stocks”… a spectacular term.

So if I don’t manage to get low 4 figure offers on a domain like Stocks.XYZ, what can be said about StockBrokers.GTLD or BuyStocks.GTLD?

If you guys remember the “which percentage of the corresponding dot com is a dot net worth?” discussions that have existed over the years, you’ve frequently seen percentages such as 5% or 10%… I consider these on the optimistic side but let’s go with 5% for the sake of our discussion.

How much would a domainer pay for

I’d say that right here, right now, you’d be able to find a buyer at $1,000,000. Probably more but let’s go with one million.

The corresponding dot net would be worth $50,000 under the 5% paradigm.

… what about a new gTLD?

I for one would take $1,500 for Stocks.XYZ today.

If someone emails me today and offers $1,500, I’d say yes.

That’s 0.15% of what domainers would pay for

Zero point fifteen percent!

I’ll let you guys draw the appropriate conclusions but if I can’t sell Stocks.XYZ for 0.15% of the value, what can be said about all of the other new gTLDs out there?

Maybe you guys had better luck selling new gTLDs on the reseller market.

If you can, feel free to share your stories.

I for one however, based on my experience thus far, am highly skeptical at this point.

10 Comments For This Post

  1. frank.schilling Says:

    Even if you sold it for $1000, you paid $10 for it and you made 10,000%. That’s a better ROI than I made on .com sales 15 years ago. There were no domain blogs when people started trading names in the early to mid 1990’s, no industry to speak of. We take a lot for granted expecting an instant market and consumer affirmation for namespaces that are still in the process of being born.

  2. euqalizattore Says:

    Short and Sweet = NOPE.

    Remove premium regs and you have:NOTHING left

    as people already pointed out at thedomains.

  3. spencer Says:

    the gold miner promoters – promote their gold

    the new gtld domain promoters – promote their new gtlds

    nothing new under the sun

    anyone with a scintilla of market acumen can see what is REALLY going om

  4. Ricardo Says:

    Frank, you are wrong again. 15 years ago, there was no domain industry but there was strong demand for .com domains. There is no demand for new tlds despite, all the articles written on domain blogs. How many years new tld holders are supposed to wait? 20 years?
    You are still buying .com domains on namejet. Why don’t you buy one of the best .xyz domains for only $1500? Because you see no investment value in it.

  5. Leonard Britt Says:

    If you search in Godaddy Auctions for .COM domains max price $300 with no more than 15 characters no dashes or numbers there are about 200 results. $8 $109 $99 min offer $250 min offer $12 min offer $250 min offer $299 $297 $100 $250 min bid $20 min bid $60 min bid

    (none of the above are mine though I do have some .COM related domains related to stock investing)

    I am not saying the domains above are phenomenal but most domain buyers just want a domain for their website and will go for so-so alternatives rather than pay big bucks for a domain.

    Domains are quite often not looked at as brands but just like hosting accounts or logos – cheap $xx items.

  6. leonard britt Says:

    Also note the number of $xxxx .xyz sales relative to registrations (not fake rev’s)

  7. Snoopy Says:

    Why would people pay for for this when they have hundreds of other stocks.whatever alternatives? There is no scarcity, 0.15% is too high.

    If you take 666 new tlds (1/0.0015) and add them together they don’t equal one .com. They equal a great big renewal bill!

  8. leonard britt Says:

    The problem with investing in new Tld’s is that even 30 years after the launch of. Net it still is generally only used by small businesses or developers who have either reg fee or low $xxx budgets. Occasionally I have sold. TV domains higher but $30 renewals get expensive very quickly. Very few buyers are looking to brand on new tld and much less spend any more than reg fee for one.

    In ten years things may change but can ntld investors pay renewals with apractically nonexistent aftermarket in the meantime.

  9. Bobby.Lafaye Says:

    Franks point makes sense in that ROI should be the focus. I realize ROI is subjective, but domainers aren’t buying on the aftermarket, and they won’t be for a long time.

    Simply registering a name because a keyword is available but the domain doesn’t make sense across the dot won’t sell to end-users or domainers unless they want to build it out. And as Snoopy said, there are plenty of alternatives.

    Which leads me to brandability. If you’re going to invest in nTLDs now, pick inexpensive brandables or the best of the best EMDs but the domain has to make sense as a phrase that spans the dot.

    There’s plenty of activity in the two-character market by some well known domainers and all of the registrations make sense across the dot.

    Domainers might be more inclined to buy these on the aftermarket but until then, deep pockets are required.

  10. John Says:

    Funny you should mention I’ve been mentioning that one in the blogs for probably at least a year or more now. For the longest time it was not even resolving at all. Now look at it. What kind of use of a domain like is that? Insane. I had read not that many years ago that it was getting 20,000 hits a day and was owned by what seemed to be well known people or a well known person involved with top domains. What, did they sell it to someone who decided to bury it?