“”At NAMEJET, Have you noticed that the thousands of “pre-release” names aren’t showing up at DomainTools.com and other dropping services?
It’s very interesting and thought you’re users could use the tip…
***FS*** I’d be surprised if Jay (domaintools) was intentionally shielding something from you.. he’s a fairly open-book kind of guy. But you’re not alone.. there is a great deal of chatter coming from all quarters that Network Solutions (and others) have started holding back significant expiring domain name inventory that they did not do when their deal with Snapnames.com was on.
I had a recent phone call with a colleague who mentioned example names of his own.. then in the last few days you’ve got assorted forum threads which intimate something is afoot:
Additionally.. I have it on good authority that one of the big $ chasers is leaving the building.. Stopping bidding and taking his wallet out of the auctions. This particular individual writes me:
“ Pricing is crazy at snapnames, new players drive the decent stuff to xxxxxxxxxx (last name) 20k. So there comes a time, when you make a shift and for me the shift is now. I will still try to find deals on xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.com, xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.com, but the drops are crazy for bad to ok domains. The public auctions are enough as well, Jay is doing another in 45 days, DomainSponsor.com in January, etc. So I would rather just over pay once a month than every day.”
Big bidders do more than spend $500k+ per month on domains.. They run folks like you and I up another 500k to $1mm each month, so when you take one of those whales out of the picture, it has a significant impact on the auction spectrum.. Will be interesting to see what happens in November. If other comers backfill bids or if the vacancy changes the market dynamic.
It’s a nutural progression I suppose.. investors aren’t dumb.. they see returns dwindling as registrars seperate the good names out pre-drop and then auction the chaff to the suckers.. A few months of that and the smart bidders go away… You’re left selling the chaff for the price of chaff. In the end, many registrars were selling their names for full value.. it might be a long wait till a retail customer ponies up 20X – 30X PPC for a name they were selling in the heat of the moment at Snapnames.
The grass is always greener tho.