“Premium” domain names
Domain Incite reports:
DotKiwi has put NZD 8.5 milion ($7 million) of “premium” domain names on the market in advance of the delegation of .kiwi, which it expects to happen this week.
There are 4,668 names on sale right now, ranging in price from NZD 501.50 ($410) to NZD 124,626.71 ($102,000).
The ten most expensive names are:
My view is a domain name is of course worth what someone is willing to pay for it. But I do reflect that I doubt anyone in the world tries to buy books by going to books.com or books.co.nz. In fact who knows what those sites even are (turns out the former redirects to Barnes & Noble and the latter doesn’t exist). One can turn an obscure name like Amazon or Fishpond into a well known brand.
ICANN is doing the final approvals for new gTLDs at about the rate of ten a week since the first batch on 23 October. some of the new gTLDs that are operative are:
It will be interesting to see which ones do well, and which ones stagnate or even fail.
Political commentator David Farrar posts at Kiwiblog.
(.Kiwi domain names are part of a series of new global top level domain names. Where as .nz domain names are wholesaled by InternetNZ subsidiary NZ Registry Services, .kiwi domains are sold by startup Dot Kiwi. Muddying the waters, InternetNZ is also now offering .kiwi.nz domain names. David Farrar is chairman of InternetNZ's Domain Name Commission - Editor)