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Below is another look at a few recent domain flips and flops, with data courtesy of NameBio.


  • sold for 830 USD on 2015-08-19 at GoDaddy, vs 105 USD on 2014-08-19 at GoDaddy. An 8x return before commissions in less than a year. The first of four domains on today’s list, with three money makers and one loser.
  • sold for 989 USD on 2015-08-19 at NameJet, vs 105 USD on 2014-01-08 at GoDaddy. Even better return than in 20 months.
  • sold for 4,088 USD on 2015-08-14 at BuyDomains, vs 680 USD on 2008-02-21 at Sedo. For those that assume the are only getting traded back and forth amongst domainers, there appears to be real plans behind this one…..screenshot to the right.
  • sold for 20,000 USD on 2015-08-16 at Indus Domain, vs 3,500 USD on 2014-01-09 at Sedo.
  • sold for 11,144 USD on 2015-08-13 at Sedo, vs 3,984 USD on 2008-03-25 at Sedo.
  • sold for 5,088 USD on 2015-08-14 at BuyDomains, vs 370 USD on 2013-02-17 at NameJet.
  • sold for 640 USD on 2015-08-14 at NameJet, vs 350 USD on 2015-03-19 at NameJet. Are domains on the move? They’ve certainly lagged the types of increases that have experienced over the last couple years.


  • sold for 2,400 USD on 2015-08-20 at NameJet, vs 3,000 USD on 2010-09-16 at Afternic. With domains this hot, you wouldn’t expect these Chinese-friendly letters to be a flop, but you’ve still got to make your buy at the right price…..
  • sold for 5,999 USD on 2015-08-20 at NameJet, vs 11,152 USD on 2010-12-29 at NameJet.
  • sold for 4,450 USD on 2015-08-13 at GoDaddy, vs 5,400 USD on 2008-08-18 at NameJet.
  • sold for 325 USD on 2015-08-17 at Flippa, vs 312 USD on 2015-04-24 at NameJet. Damn commissions…..this person just lost $20 attempting a quick flip, plus a bunch of time following the auctions on both the buy and sell side……
  • sold for 348 USD on 2015-08-16 at NameJet, vs 6,000 USD on 2008-03-11 at Afternic. Keyword .net domain values have plummeted just like a parachute that didn’t open….this was a clear flop for the seller. However, it was picked up by someone that has a great track record of buying when others are selling……ever heard of Frank Schilling? He picked this up at 95% off its 2008 price.

I’ll leave you with a photo from this afternoon’s run/hike outside of Leadville, Colorado. Mount Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak at just over 14,400′, is in the background, with an old mining shack in the foreground. Many people equate domaining to the second coming of the gold rush; I’m sure most domainers are happy this second coming is able to be mined from air conditioned spaces with plush office chairs, vs rugged mountain living conditions.

mount elbert

Note: I didn’t do an exhaustive search of the ownership history of each domain. There are likely cases where there were multiple owners between the sales prices I list.

You can find past Flips and Flops posts here.

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2 Replies to “Domain Flips ( To An End User) and Flops (Frank Schilling Picks Up”

  1. Sad to see .net going so bad I sold a for really good money but yet no interest in the thought it would be the other way round , I wanted to pose a question if you sold a domain name say for $100,000 what would you say would be worth how much does it de value by having the e or I in front many thanks Shane

    1. Shane, it depends.

      First of all, I’m generally not a fan of “i” or “e” domains.

      However, the value of an “i” or “e” domain is greater if the keyword ties to something you can do/get online, such as eMortgage, when compared to something you can’t really do online….such as ePlumber.

      If I had to pull a number out of the air, I’d say the “e” or “i” domain is worth 1% of same keyword. That’s based on gut, and not comps.

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