Weekly and monthly we all look forward to reading the top reported domain sales. Top sales that are gathered most famously by Ron Jackson over at DnJournal. But over the last few months I’ve realized that we’ve been missing some a lot of high value sales in China, namely from the auction house 4.cn. I was perusing some of their auctions and there are a few from their Chinese-Pinyin auction that would easily be in the top ten on most given months.
4.cn is an advertiser here but I built my relationship with them not because of advertising, but because I realized there is a whole other world of domaining in China and they are the biggest. The Chinese domain industry has a much higher number of numeric domain sales and of course, Asian cities. I am always looking for new places to buy and sell domains that others in the English speaking world don’t visit. So when I did find them I asked myself. Why don’t these sales make it onto the top sales list?
I think the sales have been missed due to the sheer volume of work that it takes to gather all the sales data. It doesn’t help that all the sales are in Yuan and have to be converted to dollars making even more work. There are other auctions houses like ename.com but if you think 4.cn is challenging then you really will struggle with eName. Regardless of whether you use the sites, there are sales that are top ten material and they should be included on the list to get a “wordly” view of domain sales. I will be talking to 4.cn to try and get them to send over their sales to Ron so he can get them in the mix. It benefits the auction house and domain investors to have all sales included in our top list. And what got me thinking about this? I was looking at 4.cn and there are some HUGE prices in some of their auctions going on right now. They are a few of the domains that only appeal to the Chinese market but I think the final prices are going for appeal to all. Take a look at these auctions and although the prices are high, most still haven’t reached reserve.
Yaya.com Currently at $52,209 with 2 days left
aiai.com Currently at $15,682
XiYi.com Currently at $15,530
Kongque.com Currently at $205,554
XinXian.com Currently at $19,793
TiZi.com Currently at $25,426
It will be interesting to see what these names end up going for. Like all auctions, the bidding doesn’t take off until the end. Also, this may come across as a sponsored post but it is not. 4.cn and I have not even spoken about their current auction or getting domain sale results to Ron Jackson. But I certainly will be soon.