New gTLDs: Any Purchase Inquiries Yet?
I know the new gTLD domain names haven’t been available for that long, but I am curious if you’ve had any end user buyer inquiries for any of them yet. Although end user inquiries would obviously be more desirable than inquiries from other domain investors, I think any inquiry would be a good sign.
I still only own four new gTLD domain names, although I will probably only purchase a few more in the short term. I plan on only hand registering the domain names I do purchase as opposed to paying a premium for them via the registry or through the aftermarket.
Since buying these domain names, I received one inquiry for one of my one letter .Holdings names from an end user buyer. I am not really interested in a short term flip, so I did not quote a price, although I told the prospect he could make an offer. As is the case with inquiries of this nature, the discussion didn’t get very far.
I am sure there are buyers for some of the domain names that make sense, especially from companies trying to be “cool.” That said, there will be so many alternatives out there, I can’t see a huge profit in most cases. Sure, selling a name for $3,000 is nice when the name was bought for $40, but you need to have a lot of these sales to make a living in this niche, and to make a lot of sales you need to have a very large portfolio.
I digress, but I am interested in knowing if you’ve received any purchase inquiries for your new gTLD domain names yet. There have been a few sales reported by Sedo and Afternic, but their weekly reports obviously do not include any inquiries. If you have received inquiries, please share what type of names you’re getting offers on, as I did above. I suspect it will be a while before a solid aftermarket forms, but it will be interesting to see what people are seeing now in the nearterm.
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