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Tucows Sending Expiry Inventory to NameJet


NameJet LogoAccording to an email sent to NameJet customers earlier this afternoon, the auction platform is now auctioning Tucows' expiring domain name inventory. Here's what NameJet sent to its customers today announcing the new auction inventory:

"NameJet announces a substantial increase to our registrar expiry inventory with the addition of expiring names from Tucows. Tucows has been an ICANN accredited registrar since 1999 and possess a large number of aged domains. This recent integration means more inventory of quality names are being made available every day on NameJet!"

I just learned that Tucows is now sending all of its expiring inventory to NameJet. When asked to comment on this via email, Tucows CEO Elliot Noss referred me to Steve Barnes, Vice President of Retail & Aftermarket at Tucows. "We're now sending all of the Tucows expiry to NameJet," Steve told me. I am unsure about how many domain names a month this will add to NameJet's inventory.

I also reached out to (more…) → Read More

I Use GoldNames to Track NameJet Bidders


I have most likely spent six figures on NameJet auctions in the last year or so. It's not something I really track, but I am an active buyer on NameJet. I only mention this because it should go without saying that I trust the fairness of the platform, otherwise I would not participate in auctions.

One of the features of NameJet is that I am able to see who else is bidding on an auction. Even though I don't personally know many of the bidders I regularly compete against, it is good to know that if I don't win the other competitors are going to follow through and pay. As a seller on NameJet, it is also helpful to know that someone who is winning an auction is actually going to pay should their bid be the highest.

Because I don't know all NameJet bidders, I regularly turn to the blog to see if I can find a bidder's history. GoldNames seems to track many (maybe most but I don't know) of the auctions that are run on NameJet. GoldNames also tracks the winning bidder of the auction.

I sometimes find it easier to use → Read More

Reserve Ranges Not Shown on NameJet App


When I saw Konstantinos' article today about NameJet bidding, it reminded me of a topic I intended to write about before but never got around to it. It makes me wonder when I see an auction with a high bid of $25,000, $50,000 or even $100,000 when the auction has a reserve price of $100,001 - $250,000. Why would someone bid on an auction when their bid will be below the reserve price minimum? What's the point?

I presume there is a legitimate strategy behind this kind of bidding because I see bidders who I know have spent 6 figures+ on auctions doing it, but I want to point out something that could also be a reason for it. NameJet does not show the auction reserve range on its iPhone bidder app. Bidders who use the app to place bids are doing so somewhat blindly.

On my app that I use regularly when I am away from my desk (more…) → Read More

UDRP for After Selling for $2,600 on NameJet (Update)


A UDRP was filed for the domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The UDRP is WIPO Case D2017-0685. I think this case will be an interesting one to follow, especially for people who participate in expired domain name auctions. has a creation date of April 12, 1995, making the domain name more than 20 years old. The domain name is currently registered to an individual, and when I visited today, the domain name did not resolve. Most interestingly to me, this domain name was just won on NameJet at the end of January for $2,600, according to NameBio.

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The complainant in this UDRP is Cousteau Society, Inc., (more…) → Read More

See What The Prior Price Was Before Buying


I was backordering some domain names at NameJet when I decided to see what brought them to the auction block. Specifically, I wanted to see if the domain names were expiring or if they were being offered by a private seller. After doing a Whois search on DomainTools, I noticed that they had been owned by a large portfolio owned because of the screenshot shown on DomainTools.

There were two important pieces of information that I could see to help guide me on my backorder and my bidding strategy:

  • I could see the domain names from the prior had been listed for sale for a number of years

  • I could see the asking price and historical asking prices using the Screenshot History Tool

This was critical information for me. If (more…) → Read More

Bidding on Facebook Typo Seems Unwise


One of the top ten domain names listed under "The Drop" category on NameJet's homepage today is With a little over two days to go until the expired domain name auction, there are ten bidders with a high bid of $166. This does not count any bids who placed backorders at SnapNames, DropCatch, Pheenix, or other drop catch auction platforms. Bidding on this domain name seems unwise to me.

Facebook has filed quite a few UDRPs for domain names the company believes is infringing on its mark. In fact, it looks like the company is undefeated in UDRP filings. Although I don't recall reading about a cybersquatting lawsuit filed by the company, that doesn't mean there have not been any filings, and it certainly doesn't mean that there won't be future litigation if the company feels it is necessary.

From my vantage point, this kind of domain name is all risk and hardly worth the risk. I understand that when there is money to be made, there will always be people willing to take the risk, but it is a bad look for the business of → Read More

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