Big Misconception: “We Have No Shot at Selling Domains on Afternic”
In yesterday’s blog post featuring Afternic domain sales from last week, a reader posted a comment that was similar to other comments that Afternic has been accused of before:
“How many of those are their own “buydomains” domains? Probably 90% of them. We have no shot at selling domains on Afternic since they were bought out. We’d have better luck at the lottery.“
I performed a brief analysis on the 25 highest domain sales reported last week, to see if the comment is right or wrong. Although I would have expected Afternic to sell significantly more names from Buy Domains’ portfolio because those sales are probably more profitable, I learned that this was NOT the case for the highest value names on the list last week.
In fact, of the 25 largest sales last week, only 14 were “in-house” sales, totaling just 56%. I went further down the list, and that number didn’t waver much through the first 35 sales either (which is where I stopped).
Here are the top 25 sales from last week, and I bolded the names previously owned by Buy Domains (I used the Whois History tool to see the previous owner):
- pinkzone.com $12,000.00
- InternetMarketingService.com $9,200.00
- incatrail.com $9,000.00
- artbuzz.com $8,075.00
- coolgames.org $7,500.00
- hartwood.com $7,000.00
- fineworld.com $6,577.00
- 2822.com $6,000.00
- dirtgames.com $5,500.00
- wallo.com $5,488.00
- dator.com $5,400.00
- jumpingmouse.com $5,188.00
- selecao.com $5,000.00
- eclean.com $5,000.00
- nucleare.com $4,788.00
- xmwa.com $4,500.00
- workhub.com $4,500.00
- palinfo.com $4,388.00
- strala.com $4,250.00
- mysteryflight.com $4,000.00
- WhitePony.com $4,000.00
- surnet.com $4,000.00
- novabiz.com $3,940.00
- casacaribe.com $3,888.00
- everydaysuccess.com $3,750.00
Some of the sellers of names via Afternic include YummyNames.com (Tucows), Gregg Ostrick, Traffic Names, HLK Enterprises,Inc., and even Mike Mann’s Domain Asset Holdings.
One thing I noticed is that sellers like Gregg and Ian (of Traffic Names) utilize the same strategy as Buy Domains when it comes to selling. On the landing page, they have links that tell people the domain names are for sale.
People may think Afternic is inclined to sell its’ sister company’s domain names, and they may very well be inclined to do so. However, an analysis of the top sales shows that the company does sell domain names owned by other companies, and it’s a big misconception that they don’t.
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