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April is all about ME..err..YOU!

This month we’re focusing on you. is offering .ME registrations for just $7.99 and renewals for just $14.99 with the code ALLABOUTU !

.ME is becoming a more popular TLD and we’ve started to notice it gaining some traction. In the social media space, two new services have popped up fairly recently that have embraced this extension to help make things a little more personal. is a slick service that lets you put up a website easily and add all of your content from other services like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and many others. We dig it. Plus if you get their premium service you can use a custom domain name, and we always like to see that. is a really clever way to interact and get to know people through random questions. So if you’ve just been dying to ask your friend how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, now you can without feeling like a weirdo.

.ME can be used for regional purposes as well, helping to create a sense of community right off the bat. A great example of this is, a startup resource for our Colorado neighbors. From a community perspective, there is a lot of potential for .ME.

Now for the domainers out there, there’s currently a .ME auction going on over at NameJet and there’s a great opportunity to snatch up some first name domains. The personal names auction ends some time next week, so you’ll need to act fairly fast to get your bids in.

Cheers and happy bidding! Unwrapped

Recall Media’s one-name-per-day auction site, bowed today with the inaugural auction of Was is a success? Only the team over at can say for sure. There were four bidders with a total of 20 bids on the name. That’s better than almost all of the low reserve/no reserve names at the last TRAFFIC auction in Orlando. The end result was a winning bid of $911US.

The appraisals for varied from lows of $500 to highs of $15k targeted at end-users. My own appraisal of $750-1500 was based on a variety of factors including past sales, recent offers on my own domains, industry trends and end-usage. I might have a couple of factors I’ll keep under my hat, but overall this isn’t rocket science. End-users are not the target for and value expectations that take the end-user into account aren’t going to hit the mark here.

Does having industry expert appraisers weigh in on a name help or hinder the auction process? It might mean that some names get less, but I think it’s best for the industry as a whole. Overpaying for names means the industry is in a bubble (and look where that gets the real estate market). Having realistic appraisals and data on the likely end-use and/or development for a name presents us all with the opportunity to create a stable marketplace that will continue to grow over time.

Would I use Bido to move some of my names? You bet. There are many names in my portfolio that I either hand-regged or picked up in a drop or otherwise paid very little for. Why would I *not* take a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars for them? Are there names in this group that I’m not willing to trust the model to? Of course. But the crown jewels are few and far between. Domain investors who can be honest with themselves over their portfolio and the likelihood of a big payday for those mid-tier domains might find great success at

Cheers to the team.

Domain Roundtable Auction Results April 2008

The auction has been slow starting, but there are spurts of activity. So far the most action has been on lot #82 – Retire(d).net, which sold to the room for $23,500.

Through 90 lots there’s been 20 sales for $82,970 total. More to come.

Through 160 lots 38 names have sold for a total of $177, 520

Here are the final results. Note, several domains were revisited after the gavel originally dropped.

83 Names sold for a total of $416,012.

That’s a tenth of the total $ and about half of the total number of domains from the first auction in Seattle. Attendance was down considerably from last year. I’m sure that contributed to the lack of blockbuster sales. Last year saw three high five figure deals, four six figure deals as well as a million dollar winning bid on Rebate(s).com totalling $2.5m. This year those deals were conspicuously absent. The big winner this year was at $25k. The average sale was just over $5k.

Lot | DomainName | $

3 $4,500
4 $12,000
10 $200
12 $1,500
21 $300
26 $3,500
29 $410
35 $1,000
38 $3,000
43 $1,000
46 $3,800
47 $3,100
48 $500
49 $900
51 $100
54 $1,001
63 $1,850
66 $2,900
80 $900
81 $15,000
82 $23,500
88 $2,000
93 $3,000
94 $3,200
101 $2,900
102 $400
103 $23,000
105 $7,600
108 $4,700
109 $10,000
110 $6,000
111 $7,000
112 $4,500
115 $4,700
119 $4,000
122 $4,000
124 $8,200
126 $1,000
129 $1,000
141 $1,750
142 $2,000
152 $2,500
156 $1,500
158 $400
161 $2,900
164 $2,000
165 $10,000
170 $250
171 $7,000
172 $300
174 $1,200
179 $300
180 $500
189 $5,000
190 $1,250
193 $5,000
198 $1,600
204 $11,000
205 $6,600
209 $5,000
221 $1,000
233 $1,300
243 $25,000
247 $16,000
254 $11,000
256 $4,900
257 $4,300
263 $17,000
264 $200
270 $18,000
275 $2,500
280 $2,100
281 $500
289 $17,000
294 $201
296 $11,000
303 $6,700
308 $4,200
313 $3,500
314 $10,000
316 $12,000
326 $1,000
348 $400

Aside from the numbers the auction moved much quicker than last year. I’m not sure about the future of Roundtable/DomainTools auctions. They are up against the juggernaut of Moniker/SnapNames. I like the idea of the Roundtable auctions because the auction agreement is much less restrictive than Moniker’s, but at the end of the day if the bidders aren’t showing up it isn’t going to matter. UDRP Decision That Makes Sense

UDRP threats can wreak havoc on aftermarket buyers sleep patterns. When it comes to high priced generic auctions and sales it’s commonly thought that there’s no way anyong would drop a UDRP. But it happens. It happened to Xedoc Holdings after they layed out $166k for in a Pool auction.

In what I hope becomes a common determining factor, the panel determined that the wide ranging generic nature of the domain name offsets the TM held by SuperValu Inc.:

Involved here is a common, descriptive word. It is not, in fact, associated by most people in the English-speaking world with the trademark of a regional US grocery chain. This domain name is worth $166,000 at auction precisely because it is a popular generic term with commercial connotations.

Will that discussion point mean that we might see higher bids on some names that investors might have shied away from previously? Time will tell.

Domain Roundtable Auction List Shaping Up

Jay over at Name Intelligence/ just released a sneak peek at some of the low reserve domain names which will be on the auction block during the Domain Roundtable Auction on April 21, 2008. Jay has gotten a lot of flak recently about the quality of names in his online only auctions. Between these names and his previously announced list of some of the premium names I think this should shape up to be a nice auction.

I know I’ll be keeping an eye out for a few bargains. There’s already a couple I have my sights set on.

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