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Monte Cahn Predicts NamesCon Auction Will Be Largest

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It looks like Monte Cahn believes the upcoming NamesCon domain name auction will be the largest domain auction of all time.

Earlier this morning, Colin Campbell, CEO and founder of the .Club Registry posted the tweet below asking if NamesCon will be the largest auction:

Monte Cahn responded to the question without hesitation and left no doubt about his expectations for the auction:

As you might recall, the largest domain name auction on record is Moniker’s TRAFFIC auction in 2007, which grossed $12.3 million in sales for the live and silent auction. The auction was held during the TRAFFIC conference in New York City. Monte Cahn was the founder of Moniker, and he organized that auction. Monte and his consulting firm (Right of the Dot) are also the organizers of this year’s NamesCon auction.

At the time of this post, there are nearly $6 million in bids in this year’s NamesCon auction with just over a week to go. The auction is being held on NameJet, allowing people to participate and bid remotely.

If you had to guess, do you think the auction will surpass the 2007 TRAFFIC auction that had $12.3 million in domain name sales?


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Comments (9)

    owen frager

    Yes, may even do better than that estimate!

    January 4th, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Kevin

    With Monte’s boundless enthusiasm and marketing prowess all things are possible!

    January 4th, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Elliot Silver

    Here’s a list of the names with bids and the high bid as of this afternoon:

    Domain Bids High Bid
    at.com 7 $1,502,000.00
    fw.com 7 $1,051,000.00
    by.com 9 $602,000.00
    wi.com 6 $444,000.00
    380.com 14 $301,000.00
    652.com 14 $183,000.00
    397.com 13 $183,000.00
    auctions.com 10 $152,000.00
    281.com 8 $126,000.00
    983.com 14 $118,000.00
    708.com 12 $105,000.00
    genetics.com 30 $101,000.00
    degree.com 20 $101,000.00
    labs.com 19 $85,000.00
    degrees.com 20 $75,000.00
    lawn.com 26 $60,500.00
    cpl.com 11 $56,055.00
    airline.com 8 $55,000.00
    won.com 12 $52,500.00
    tube.com 17 $51,000.00
    text.com 15 $51,000.00
    row.com 14 $51,000.00
    sub.com 13 $50,500.00
    bdd.com 10 $50,500.00
    penis.com 12 $36,200.00
    imk.com 19 $34,133.00
    bef.com 9 $29,488.00
    consignment.com 18 $28,888.00
    egf.com 11 $26,200.00
    opx.com 14 $25,900.00
    contractor.com 7 $25,600.00
    supplies.com 5 $25,555.00
    eqz.com 9 $25,500.00
    donations.com 4 $25,400.00
    yzo.com 11 $25,200.00
    renting.com 4 $25,200.00
    sef.com 1 $25,200.00
    oah.com 27 $25,100.00
    reception.com 14 $25,000.00
    ius.com 2 $17,600.00
    tuscany.com 11 $17,200.00
    pregnant.com 10 $15,755.00
    orgasms.com 4 $15,555.00
    vmb.com 17 $15,455.00
    erotica.com 14 $15,000.00
    eus.com 13 $13,200.00
    worse.com 5 $11,211.00
    88.xyz 20 $10,400.00
    listing.com 6 $10,400.00
    toxic.com 8 $10,310.00
    illness.com 48 $10,000.00
    freshfood.com 27 $9,999.00
    worldclock.com 7 $9,999.00
    upj.com 12 $9,088.00
    pp.org 12 $9,000.00
    night.club 18 $8,100.00
    qgi.com 7 $8,100.00
    hd.tv 9 $8,000.00
    dumb.com 17 $6,866.00
    furnished.com 13 $6,866.00
    glowsticks.com 5 $6,250.00
    gardencenter.com 9 $6,000.00
    web.hosting 13 $5,900.00
    carolyn.com 10 $5,755.00
    septictank.com 7 $5,600.00
    98.tv 11 $5,500.00
    diane.com 11 $5,500.00
    lodges.com 11 $5,200.00
    katie.com 14 $5,100.00
    housewives.com 9 $5,100.00
    landlords.com 21 $5,000.00
    smart.watch 6 $5,000.00
    strip.club 11 $4,655.00
    dora.com 16 $4,200.00
    zz.org 9 $4,100.00
    cccf.com 11 $4,088.00
    stock.photo 8 $3,655.00
    lectures.com 4 $3,600.00
    loveline.com 14 $3,100.00
    gameonline.com 15 $3,055.00
    trists.com 1 $3,000.00
    pete.com 15 $2,800.00
    jet.ski 3 $2,655.00
    cj.org 15 $2,600.00
    nachos.com 11 $2,600.00
    athletic.club 5 $2,600.00
    space.club 3 $2,600.00
    nannycams.com 4 $2,555.00
    69100.com 6 $2,500.00
    broche.com 4 $2,450.00
    healthyfood.com 31 $2,422.00
    palu.com 4 $2,401.00
    81832.com 10 $2,400.00
    gels.com 6 $2,400.00
    mlbb.com 11 $2,300.00
    wire.money 4 $2,300.00
    homecoming.com 22 $2,200.00
    gaye.com 12 $2,100.00
    fitness.club 10 $2,100.00
    pxff.com 8 $1,960.00
    ccjp.com 14 $1,954.00
    noja.com 10 $1,900.00
    trailertrash.com 2 $1,900.00
    tmmp.com 7 $1,866.00
    ssgh.com 6 $1,866.00
    sportscars.com 27 $1,800.00
    thequeen.com 6 $1,766.00
    xnxg.com 3 $1,766.00
    cmfr.com 6 $1,755.00
    xgrs.com 5 $1,755.00
    hkhd.com 5 $1,700.00
    southamerica.com 16 $1,650.00
    ngrt.com 12 $1,600.00
    redroses.com 9 $1,550.00
    i.finance 2 $1,500.00
    worldgames.com 13 $1,450.00
    cincodemayo.com 5 $1,411.00
    accelerate.com 9 $1,400.00
    rrcx.com 10 $1,350.00
    coolant.com 12 $1,300.00
    domaintraders.com 5 $1,275.00
    feel.me 6 $1,255.00
    metrocard.com 11 $1,250.00
    occupied.com 8 $1,211.00
    i.rent 5 $1,211.00
    almighty.com 4 $1,211.00
    creditreports.com 13 $1,200.00
    doctorlove.com 5 $1,200.00
    mlmd.com 3 $1,200.00
    viral.video 2 $1,111.00
    pitchout.com 2 $1,111.00
    bottle.club 1 $1,111.00
    childbirth.com 18 $1,105.00
    golflessons.com 4 $1,100.00
    sheepskins.com 3 $1,100.00
    commercial.loans 4 $1,009.00
    e.gift 12 $1,001.00
    i.link 5 $1,000.00
    zmlg.com 5 $1,000.00
    loans.online 2 $1,000.00
    co.marketing 1 $999.00
    onlinework.com 1 $999.00
    buy.cars 7 $958.00
    woodfloor.com 2 $930.00
    convict.com 12 $918.00
    lasvegas.online 3 $918.00
    fishingline.com 9 $910.00
    electricbikes.com 11 $870.00
    usedguitars.com 5 $870.00
    too.sexy 4 $860.00
    180.xyz 10 $810.00
    hokeypokey.com 4 $787.00
    seventies.com 2 $760.00
    pot.club 9 $754.00
    spew.com 7 $711.00
    investment.property 7 $710.00
    beachfront.property 6 $609.00
    fastdelivery.com 12 $600.00
    closetorganizer.com 5 $585.00
    e.flowers 5 $585.00
    breakfast.club 4 $585.00
    787.org 13 $584.00
    biit.com 14 $580.00
    artlessons.com 10 $565.00
    i.ski 2 $565.00
    b.sexy 5 $555.00
    check.email 3 $555.00
    art.institute 2 $555.00
    saae.com 9 $550.00
    82228.cn 5 $550.00
    ned.com 10 $540.00
    housingloans.com 7 $540.00
    boobs.net 7 $530.00
    fooled.com 4 $530.00
    playbingo.com 9 $520.00
    bosses.com 5 $520.00
    drained.com 3 $520.00
    homebuilding.com 8 $519.00
    lgff.com 7 $516.00
    funtimes.com 16 $515.00
    externaldrives.com 5 $515.00
    coolshirts.com 7 $511.00
    wedding.gift 7 $510.00
    aqqn.com 3 $510.00
    8.link 2 $510.00
    easy.credit 2 $510.00
    defending.com 3 $500.00
    99999.xyz 2 $500.00
    buyfashion.com 2 $500.00
    diamonds.online 1 $500.00
    cardetailer.com 3 $494.00
    cssu.com 6 $484.00
    i.click 3 $474.00
    fams.com 10 $470.00
    evileye.com 7 $461.00
    ca.co.uk 6 $459.00
    zsmt.com 7 $454.00
    electric.guitars 6 $453.00
    perfectdate.com 2 $444.00
    cmas.com 12 $440.00
    autoclassifieds.com 5 $430.00
    socialtrends.com 3 $430.00
    fours.com 7 $420.00
    ad.network 5 $420.00
    toytrucks.com 4 $420.00
    laserprinters.com 4 $420.00
    blackopal.com 3 $420.00
    shelters.com 3 $420.00
    taas.com 11 $415.00
    jdzl.com 8 $410.00
    auctions.tv 4 $410.00
    the.diet 3 $410.00
    lightmeters.com 2 $410.00
    a.ws 6 $405.00
    leir.com 8 $400.00
    we.help 7 $400.00
    mid.town 1 $400.00
    e.help 6 $399.00
    greatadventure.com 10 $390.00
    debtreduction.com 4 $388.00
    90210.org 4 $385.00
    rnba.com 6 $381.00
    dailyreminder.com 5 $380.00
    freelancejob.com 8 $370.00
    legs.net 6 $370.00
    refinancehomes.com 5 $370.00
    stroke.com 6 $361.00
    singlemen.com 11 $360.00
    promdate.com 6 $360.00
    frsz.com 6 $360.00
    multiply.com 6 $360.00
    e.link 4 $360.00
    806889.com 3 $360.00
    807889.com 3 $360.00
    cheaplaptops.com 3 $353.00
    xfx.org 6 $350.00
    dessertwine.com 5 $350.00
    waterfront.property 5 $350.00
    ibiza.holiday 3 $350.00
    consulting.services 3 $350.00
    upsells.com 2 $350.00
    ozarks.com 2 $350.00
    solar.tech 2 $350.00
    weatherizing.com 2 $343.00
    thws.com 5 $340.00
    zuee.com 5 $340.00
    wrappers.com 4 $340.00
    caughtontape.com 4 $340.00
    goodybags.com 4 $340.00
    hire.help 3 $340.00
    multilevel.com 3 $340.00
    thebillionaires.com 3 $340.00
    zuuq.com 3 $333.00
    finecars.com 3 $331.00
    qqqq.org 4 $330.00
    running.club 4 $330.00
    singlewomen.com 4 $330.00
    miniature.golf 3 $330.00
    localbabes.com 2 $330.00
    zwtn.com 3 $321.00
    4teens.com 3 $320.00
    business.college 3 $320.00
    coughremedy.com 3 $320.00
    handlotions.com 3 $320.00
    livechat.net 3 $320.00
    onlinematch.com 3 $320.00
    selfiephotos.com 3 $320.00
    decf.com 3 $320.00
    eume.com 3 $320.00
    oxsx.com 3 $320.00
    college.fund 3 $320.00
    mpwr.com 3 $320.00
    fingerpainting.com 3 $320.00
    raises.com 3 $320.00
    1.market 2 $320.00
    the.help 2 $320.00
    uqsq.com 2 $320.00
    vintage.auto 2 $320.00
    water.ski 2 $320.00
    we.link 2 $320.00
    y.car 2 $320.00
    3g.network 3 $313.00
    asap.xyz 2 $310.00
    cruisefinders.com 2 $310.00
    ewxx.com 2 $310.00
    graphicdesigner.co 2 $310.00
    icooking.com 2 $310.00
    revising.com 2 $310.00
    sharedcar.com 2 $310.00
    we.click 2 $310.00
    18.casino 2 $310.00
    online.toys 2 $310.00
    strip.show 2 $310.00
    wificard.com 2 $310.00
    st.rip 2 $310.00
    answers.xyz 2 $310.00
    good.work 2 $310.00
    future.tech 2 $310.00
    free.toys 1 $310.00
    certifiedplanners.com 3 $300.00
    0898889.com 1 $300.00
    163.asia 1 $300.00
    8.guru 1 $300.00
    bobsleds.com 1 $300.00
    boots.ski 1 $300.00
    distressedjeans.com 1 $300.00
    e.ski 1 $300.00
    freeshipment.com 1 $300.00
    happybirthday.xyz 1 $300.00
    hollowpoints.com 1 $300.00
    horoscope.club 1 $300.00
    i.tattoo 1 $300.00
    iflirt.com 1 $300.00
    invisible.glass 1 $300.00
    la.condos 1 $300.00
    laminatedwood.com 1 $300.00
    lessons.ski 1 $300.00
    meh.xyz 1 $300.00
    potty.training 1 $300.00
    pr.marketing 1 $300.00
    real.property 1 $300.00
    seo.work 1 $300.00
    treatingdepression.com 1 $300.00
    tvdinners.com 1 $300.00
    webcams.xyz 1 $300.00
    advertising.xyz 1 $300.00
    legal.directory 1 $300.00
    123.sale 1 $300.00
    bikemessenger.com 1 $300.00
    e.golf 1 $300.00
    you.cash 1 $300.00
    cardigansweaters.com 1 $300.00
    road.show 1 $300.00
    snowcrabs.com 1 $300.00
    ski.tours 1 $300.00
    lodge.ski 1 $300.00
    shop.ski 1 $300.00
    bar.codes 1 $300.00
    extensionladders.com 1 $300.00
    mufflers.net 1 $300.00
    rentals.ski 1 $300.00
    resort.ski 1 $300.00
    autopsies.com 1 $300.00
    riverboat.cruises 1 $300.00
    prohibit.com 1 $300.00
    reservations.online 1 $300.00

    January 4th, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    M. Menius

    Some of these are going to sell for much higher prices than the current bid. CreditReports.com would have pulled 250k in 2007. Waterfront.property very nice as well.

    January 5th, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Jerry Gitnik

    Are they going to fix the PUMPed Prices?
    eg: Won . com Won Dot Com) shows at the Namescon Auction page (NJ) the ridiculous estibot valuation of 371,000 USD but if you valuate the same domain at the main source Estibot dot com… you get less than half: or 180,000 USD..what’s up with that?
    and there is a ton of other domains which valuations suddenly have increased…and this is exactly what Joseph Peterson talks about at DNW…
    Pump Pump

    January 6th, 2016 at 7:39 am

      Elliot Silver

      My guess is that the Estibot value is looked at when the auction listing goes live and is not adjusted when Estibot algorithm updates.

      January 6th, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Jerry Gitnik

      Elliot, the 180,000 figure for Won.com is beign there for a few weeks now and The ridiculous 371,000 is being at the Namescon auction page since day one further more this is not the only domain that has been inflated (test a few more) It is NOT a glitch it obvious this is done manually/Artificially (Outside Estibot).
      Please don’t blame it to the Updates, that takes minutes if not seconds once you have the program (Estibot) installed (it’s basically a live feed)…

      Thanks for having the Cojones to post this comment/opinion (it was removed from 2 other Namescon sponsored Blogs, what a surprise right?)

      Remember this thread a few months from now… honestly it ties down nicely with Joseph Peterson article at DNW.

      In reply to Elliot Silver | January 6th, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Luc Lezon

    Guys,

    This is Luc from EstiBot.

    I wanted to confirm that we’ve been performing incremental algorithm updates for the last 4 weeks. The updates were related to improving valuations on short and numeric domain names. We’ve developed a completely new model for short domain names and we’ve been rolling it out slowly to ensure that there are no glitches.

    There will be variations between cached NameJet data and the new algorithm data because NameJet queries the data from us typically just once and it could have been weeks ago when the domain was queried by NameJet.

    Typically, this is not a problem, and goes unnoticed, but in the case of trending domain names (ex: short domains like won.com) it can cause confusion.

    In other words, I wanted to confirm that the data provided on NameJet was previously generated by EstiBot, and since the data was pulled from us via API there was an algorithm update, and the data has changed on our side.

    I apologize for any confusion or problems this may have caused. The market is changing fast and we’re working hard to ensure that our pricing reflects the latest trends. If anyone has any other questions, please contact luc@estibot.com.

    Thank you,
    Luc

    January 6th, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Joseph Peterson

    With respect to Jerry Gitnik, what I’m talking about is mainly something else. Estibot values have been criticized for years, and few professionals take them very seriously. They’re often unrealistically high, and that’s when sellers tend to cite them. So there’s usually some cherry picking going on. Also they do fluctuate over time.

    I’m not sure what accounts for the discrepancy in estibot scores, but there may be a natural explanation – i.e. that the posted values were downloaded or copied and pasted long ago and are simply out of date. It would be interesting to look at the full list, comparing the estibot numbers posted for the auction with the current output of estibot. If 1 set were consistently higher than another, that would perhaps mean something – although not necessarily rigging. Meanwhile if the differences are half up and half down, then chance alone would explain it.

    The truth is, very few bidders with significant budgets care whether the estibot appraisal is $8 billion or zero. They’re oriented to other criteria.

    January 6th, 2016 at 2:52 pm

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