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04|18|2012 04:25 pm EDT

EnCirca Provides List of .Travel and .PRO Domains that are Expiring/New or in Auction

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars, Up to the Minute

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A few days ago the registrar EnCirca released new feeds (available via RSS and HTML) on their site that list new, expiring and auctioned domains in the .Travel and .PRO TLDs. According to EnCirca, News.pro recently sold for $3,600.00; credit.pro sold for $2,400.00 and irki.com sold for $1,200.00.

[via EnCirca]

04|09|2010 02:02 pm EDT

Latonas.com First Daily Auction Rings In Over $130,000 In Sales

by Adam Strong in Categories: Domain Auction

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Latonas.com announced that the switch from a daily sales newsletter to daily auctions just yesterday and the auction’s are off to a running start.  Reminiscent of the early days of Bido.com, the inaugural auction featured all 117 domains with $1 starting bids.

From our “unofficial” tally (see at bottom of post), the auctions closed today with $132,045 in sales.  Top bids were received on Practicing.com at $25,000 and ePayments.com at $16,500.

The auction seemed to run smooth on Latonas platform, much smoother than the last time. We did experience a few minor hiccups on the site pages not immediately loading and I also noticed that some auctions that actually said CLOSED on the catalog page  still showed time on the clock when I went to that auction’s page.  All fairly minor bugs and it appears all bids are going in and the site is staying live. When we talked to Rick he said that they appreciate any feedback.

As a bidder, one thing to take note of on the auctions.  I noticed while bidding that there were 2 type of bidding options that aren’t typical in other platforms.  There are 2 fields to enter a bid,  a “proxy bid” and a “fixed bid”.  It’s important to take note of which type of bid you are placing especially if your intentions were to use  a proxy bid, be sure to use the correct option. When you don’t use the proxy option at the top, and you enter a “fixed” bid (the lower option) the maximum bid you placed is bid all at once.   Not reading this carefully, I bid $200 on a name and the previous bidder only had a $70 proxy. Fortunately for me it was a small amount and I got outbid quickly anyway.

Most online domain auctions use just the proxy bidding system so that users don’t end up spending all their money on a domain that had no other competition in that range, but sometimes a bidder may just want to plunk down their maximum bid and walk-away.  If you watch a live auction, you’ll see these types of actions often.  A bidder will silently wait as bids climb up and then suddenly the bidder shouts out a number that eclipses the current bids . . . It silences the auctioneer and often times stops the auction at that bid.  It’s a lot more effective in a live environment where bids are slowly elevating but Rick told us that he thought the online auctions were as good a place as any to include this option.

Interestingly the $25,000 bidder on Practicing.com didn’t appear to have a whole lot of competition at that level as they bid an amount that skyrocketed above the last proxy bid of a mere $572.  Latona informed us on the phone that he has already reached out the bidder and the bidder told him that it was no mistake and essentially he didn’t want anyone else bidding on this name.  This user is a perfect example of what a Fixed Bid is intended for, it gets other bidders to back off and quickly jumps an auction forward.   I might suggest that this bidder does this closer to the end of the auction next time.  It’s not effective to “show your hand”  this early.

gtbit2010 25,000 USER BID Apr 09, 2010 – 08:09:45 AM
MAuricchio 572 PROXY BID Apr 09, 2010 – 01:11:31 AM

This is a great showing for a daily auction and it would be great to see the Latonas.com team keep up this pace on a daily basis.  Good luck Rick !

See the list of the results after the jump. (more…)

03|18|2010 01:48 am EDT

Domain Madness 2 Auction Runs Until March 23rd

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Auction

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The second Domain Madness Domain Auction has begun and runs until March 23rd with a live stream broadcast from The Palms in Las Vegas. The auction, which is organized by Domain Consultant, appears to be using a customized auction system this year, whereas last year’s auction was held using Though Convergence’s Aftermarket.com platform.  Domain Consultant has also assisted in planning and promotions for past Aftermarket.com events including Domain Roundtable, GeoDomain Expo and Domainer Mardi Gras.

The 2010 auction features many single-word premium domains that DNN hasn’t seen offered previously on the aftermarket before. The auction contains a good mix of No Reserve as well as some high dollar category killer domain names. Some names you’ll find in the auction are: Races.com, Music.net, HappyBirthday.com, Vampires.com, Hook.com and Balloon.com.  The complete list can be seen after the jump.

Disclaimer: DNN Editor Adam Strong provides consulting services for DomainConsultant.com.

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02|25|2010 10:18 am EDT

DomainConsultant Relaunches Site, Launches Two New Sites

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News

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DomainConsultant’s Mike Fiol has contacted us to with the news that the company’s site has recently been relaunched in the form of a blog. The company is most known for their work assisting with the auctions held by DomainTools on the Aftermarket.com platform.

The company has also launched a new domain marketplace, meant for premium domains with little market exposure under the name “One of a Kind“. The domain name OneOfAKind.com sold at the Silent Moniker/SnapNames auction for the Targeted TRAFFIC Conference in New York for $26,000 and was the top sale of the auction.

The latest tool launched by DomainConsultant is DNFame.com, a domain name analytics aggregator with the goal to provide as many relevant statistics for a given domain name as possible. Fiol stated that “This is a tool we built for ourselves that we decided to release to the public.  I don’t know of another public tool that has the number of data points that we do.  If we’re missing something, we’d love to hear other domainers suggestions .”

Disclaimer: Domain Name News Editor Adam Strong is a consultant for DomainConsultant.com.

11|05|2009 03:56 pm EDT

Pool.com to Auction 2 Character .Biz Domains

by Adam Strong in Categories: Alternate Extensions

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navi_logo-poolOn the heels of the recent 1 character .biz domain and 2 character .de domain auctions at Sedo, domain auction house Pool.com announced yesterday that they have teamed up with Neustar to auction off more than 1000 two character .biz domains.  The domains will be made available in a phased release beginning November 30, 2009 through February 2010. Two character domains, which were previously unavailable, include names like PC.Biz, IT.biz and IP.biz.  A full list of the domains to be auctioned can be found at the site TwoDotBiz.Biz

Neustar’s Tim Switzer stated:
We are very pleased to be working with Pool.com to make a short, memorable alternative available. The demand we experienced during the release of one-character .BIZ domain names validated the attractiveness of the .BIZ brand. There are many companies with long company names, and others who have names that are difficult to spell or remember

Neustar sold over $360,000 worth of 1 character domains through the Sedo during the October auction.

07|08|2009 12:00 am EDT

SnapNames & Moniker to launch Monthly Domain Showcase Auctions

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Moniker & SnapNames ShowcaseThe sister companies Moniker & SnapNames have just announced that in addition to their live auctions at events such as DomainFest they are also introducing a Monthly Domain Showcase Auction, featuring selected names with low or no reserve prices. The first auction which starts on July 16th and ends on July  21st (coinciding with Sedo’s next GreatDomains auction) contains no reserve names such as LongWeekend.com and DegreePrograms.com as well as low reserve names such as WirelessModem.com and MusicArchive.com.

As of August the auctions will begin the second Tuesday of every month and end two days later on the second Thursday. More information on the auction and the form for submission of domains for consideration for uture auctions can be found at Showcase.SnapNames.com.

Find the full press release after the jump.

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03|25|2009 12:04 pm EDT

Chance To Win $1000 Prize Closing Today

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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The Domain Consultant Domain Madness auction is just around the corner – and you only have about 12 more hours to participate in the contest to win $1000. The contest closes at 11:59pm CDT on March 25 and auction bidding begins immediately after.

The contest is very simple and only takes a couple minutes of your time to complete. There are 48 domains being sold at Domain Madness. The person who most accurately guesses which domains will sell (and which ones will not) will win $1000 cash (no bidding necessary).

Click here to join the fun today!

[Domain Consultant]


Full Disclosure: Adam Strong, an editor with Domain Name News, is also a consultant with Domain Consultant.

03|25|2009 02:09 am EDT

Last Chance for Submissions for Moniker TRAFFIC Silicon Valley Auction

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Domain Auction

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This Friday, March 27, is the deadline for submitting your domains for the live and extended auctions at TRAFFIC Silicon Valley. Although the auctions won’t be taking place until April 29, Moniker has set this deadline to ensure they can release a catalog as soon as possible.

The auction team is still interested in receiving submissions in popular categories such as travel, debt relief, and jobs.  Click here to visit Moniker Auction Headquarters and submit your domains today!

[via Moniker Auction Headquarters]

03|19|2009 03:16 pm EDT

Domain Madness Contest Opened – Domains Revealed

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Domain Auction

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logo150Domain Consultant has announced the opening of its Domain Madness competition, which allows anybody to predict which domains will be sold during their online auction for a chance to win $1000. The online auction event, powered by Aftermarket.com, runs from March 26 until March 31. All picks must be submitted before the auction begins to be eligible for the prize.

The contestant who most accurately chooses which domains will sell and which ones won’t will win the $1000 grand prize. The auction consists of forty-eight domain names including:

  • Speak.com
  • TravelPlans.com
  • Tale.com
  • AutoFinder.com
  • Baby.net
  • TrickOrTreating.com
  • Stenography.com
  • Loco.com
  • Inventing.com
  • CalfSkin.com
  • MtEverest.com
  • GJR.com
  • Doodling.com
  • Demetrius.com
  • Antidepressant.net
  • HomeCleaners.com
  • AutoLoan.ca
  • WeddingStore.com
  • Antiseptic.com
  • ActingCoach.com
  • Cutout.com
  • And more…

Visit Domain Consultant for more information or click here to submit your picks today. You have until March 25 at 11:50pm CDT to enter and vote on the inventory. Once the contest closes, the domains will be open for bidding.

[Domain Consultant]

Full Disclosure: Adam Strong, an editor with Domain Name News, is also a consultant with Domain Consultant.

02|25|2009 12:44 am EDT

Aftermarket.com Adds More Domains and More Money to Charity in Extended Auction

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Domain Auction

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Aftermarket.com announced on their blog today that they have added 10 more no reserve domain names to their Domainer Mardis Gras extended auction which ends on Friday Saturday. The company is also continuing their charity raising effort by agreeing to donate $100 for each No Reserve domain sold – no matter what the sales amount is.  Since the names are set at a no reserve price, it’s certain that the company will be donating another $1,000 to the New Orlean’s Habitat for Humanity from their own pockets. The company raised $850 by auctioning a variety of items at the live event in New Orleans.

The Additional domains added to the No Reserve list includes :
Music365.com
Engrossing.com
EducationCreditUnion.com
HealthyMenu.com
PhotoPapers.com
BasketballPants.com
PurchaseOffer.com
Operable.com
BathMirrors.com
CozumelIsland.com

Bidding is also still open until Friday for domains that were not sold at the live event.  Currently, it appears that at least one more domain name from the first list will be selling as the domain Credenzas.com has met the reserve price.

The list of additional domains, with estibot valuations, and notes can be seen after the jump. (more…)