Low profile launch, unpublicized test or New Expired Names Stream? Either way, I’m liking the selection so far, although at $50 more like Namejet aspirations, than Godaddy.
What are Expired Names Auctions?
One of the best places to buy domain name inventory is through expired names auctions. Although right off the bat, realize your buying someones trash, they didn’t think it was even worth renewing for $10-12. But for many reasons, business closings, cash position of the owners and mistakes; expired names make up a big part of the wholesale price acquisitions for a domain name investor.
Before names are dropped, the registrars have taken the position that if the customer hasn’t renewed the name, and the registrar hasn’t asked for it back yet, they can sell it and keep the proceeds. To date the majority of expired domain domain name auctions have been at the Snapnames, Namejet and Godaddy auctions platforms.
Dynadot Expired Names Auctions
Dynadot has had their own platform and I’ve used it quite often to buy some nice expired names. And now Dynadot is adding registrars, such as Uniregistry.
I found out as I was scanning Dynadot names and saw some pretty good realestate.com and homes.com names, my favorites areas. But .. they looked a little too familiar. Yup they were names I owned in the grace period at Uniregistry.
Uniregistry names seem to carry a higher than normal $50 fee, (Dynadot owned names start at $12.99) and seem to be at a set time, about 8 PM EST. That a smart move as opposed to the tough to follow all day expired names period for Dynadot names.
If you look at Uniregistry owners as smart strong domainers, than who wants what they don’t want? At the same time, a large portfolio owner dropping say 10-20% of their portfolio, and I get to pick what I like; makes this a marketplace I’ve found and expect to find some good names. Plus, Uniregistry has expanded to hold the retail buyers of thousands of names, plus the affiliate signups from their registrar being on millions of landing pages over the last 7-8 years.
Investor note: If your a Uniregistry owner, watch out for the grace period and make sure you don’t get to close, you may find your name has a new owner.