Jan 152016


If the auction held during the Namescon conference is anything to go by, domain investors are warming up to the opportunities offered by new gTLDs.

Last year was the first time new gTLD names featured in a Namescon auction, the very first new gTLDs having launched just months before the January 2015 event. This year some of those names came back at auction and where they had sold for a few hundred dollars in 2015, they now went for a few thousand.

This kind of multiple would imply that the market is confident new gTLDs will continue to grow in value.

The trend was also evident in the sale of paleo.diet. Just 2 hours before the Namescon auction, UniRegistry CEO Frank Shilling had given the name to a member of the audience as a promo stunt during his keynote address. The new owner included it in the Namescon auction and it immediately sold for $1,800!

StartingDot registry also reported a successful auction. The .SKI registry had 3 names in the auction, the first time the firm had participated in a Namescon sale event. StartingDot expressed satisfaction at the results, with jet.ski selling for $12,000, the 4th best-selling new gTLD name in the auction.

The Namescon auction continues in extended form until January 21, 2016. This includes the following .ski names, all offered at no reserve: boots.ski, e.ski, lessons.ski, lodge.ski, rentals.ski, resort.ski, shop.ski.