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Booth Brothers Acquire ix.com

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By James Iles, Mar 13, 2018
  1. James Iles

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    Two-letter domain names are one of the rarest classes of investment assets for domainers. With just 676 possible two-letter .COM's available, these names now demand six and even seven-figure fees thanks largely to interest from wealthy Chinese investors who, according to George Kirikos (@GeorgeK) currently own 26.6% of all two-letter .COM's.
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    One name that isn't headed to China just yet is IX.com. Domain investor Andy Booth (@andyboothsi) and his brother James (@BoothDomains) look to have acquired this two-letter .COM. Thanks to DomainIQ’s toolkit, we were able to spot the change.

    According to WHOIS history, the name was registered back in 1994 with ThinkTank LLC shown as the owner. Based on archival copies of ThinkTank’s website, the company was an early incubator for companies such as Buy.com.

    The acquisition price of this domain has not been disclosed but based on previous two-letter .COM deals, it's likely to have been a six-figure sum. The combination of "I" and "X" make this a versatile name with many possible meanings and a plenty of possible end users.

    The Booth Brothers' plan for the name is currently unknown, but based on previous sales such as D8.com, it's possible that this name could be flipped.

    Congratulations on the successful acquisition.


    Update on Mar 13, 2018: The domain IX.com looks to have already been sold by the Booth brothers. The current WHOIS listing at the time of this update shows "Media Options S.A" as the owner.
     
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  6. mad409

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    Great domain, congrats to them.
     
  7. James Iles

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    Update: the domain looks to have already been sold by the Booth brothers. The current WHOIS listing at the time of writing shows "Media Options S.A" as the owner.
     
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  8. Premiums

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    IX or LX ?
     
  9. James Iles

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    ix.com
     
  10. Bros

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    If it was already sold, than that must have been one helluva return on money considering how fast it was acquired and sold.
     
  11. China auto

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    Good on them that would have been hard work
     
  12. FolioTeam

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    ix.com vs 9.com which is better?
     
  13. Keith

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    Is that a joke? If you don’t know the answer then domaining isn’t for you.
     
  14. Silentptnr

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    There are only 3 single letter .com domains in use (not reserved by the registry) and they are q, x and z. I believe they have authorized Verisign to auction the letter o. There are no single number .com domains available.

    9.com, if it were available, would be worth more.
     
  15. jstenn13

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    Congrats to the Booth brothers and to Media Options. A common theme lately is the Booth brothers acquiring names and quickly flipping them to Media Options. Recently examples of this include: Yellow.com and Jellyfish.com. It appears that the Booth brothers are in the business of acquiring names and quickly flipping them to other investors and making some profit in doing so, instead of holding out and selling to end users. It actually also appears that the Booth brothers flip names quickly to Brent Oxley too. Hey, not a bad business model the Booth brothers are utilizing.
     
  16. McDuke

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    Nice sale!

    Too bad it wasn't "xi". ;)
     
  17. elevator

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    Thanks once more @James Iles. I evisaged ix.com will soon end up in to the coffers of another one Chinese investor.
     
  18. owntype

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    Xi Rules! ;)
     
  19. maxtra

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    Congratulations to @BoothDomains and the seller on the deal!
     
  20. Recons.Com

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    All they need is to get ii.com now and they can package and sell ix.com + ii.com to Xi )
     
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  22. DOMAIN ILLUMINATI

    DOMAIN ILLUMINATI Owner of ▲ the most expensive domain of all time. Gold Account

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    Ironically, if you read / say "ix" in german language, it reads / sounds exactlyyy like if you read / say just "x" in german language, so phonetically "ix" = "x" in german language.
     
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    Born and brought for LL family @BoothDomains
    Congrats
    Jagan.k
     
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