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Should You Buy 6N .COMs? A Guide to This Rapidly Expanding Market

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By James Iles, Feb 2, 2016
  1. This time last year, the majority of six-number (6N) .COM domain names were available for registration. Even up until September of 2015, investors were acquiring thousands per day; the news broke here that a Chinese investor had registered 33,000 6N .COM's over a two day spree.

    However, it wasn't until early 2016 that this market really showed signs of real movement. There have been reports of a 40% rise in value over the past couple of weeks, and this is backed up by data from ChaoMi.cc. The graph below, directly from ChaoMi.cc, shows a steady rise in the value of 6N .COM domains.

    Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 23.22.37.png

    Whilst ChaoMi.cc's data only covers a couple of Chinese domain marketplaces, it's clear to see the increase in perceived value recently. Currently, every 6N .COM domain at auction on NameJet has at least one backorder at $69 or higher. At Pheenix.com today, 9 out of their 10 hottest auctions are 6N .COM domains. The current NameBio report shows 6N .COM domains fetching at least $150 each, with some strong patterns selling for over $1,000.

    So why are we even considering 6N .COM domains as an investment, and why are we all of a sudden talking about them, when Chinese and Western investors have been registering these in their thousands since at least January 2015?

    If I'm honest, I am not entirely sure. When I first ventured into the world of domain investing, names were bought on the strength of their potential end users, their age, and the amount of Google searches they received. This is a completely different ball game now, where domains are finally being acquired purely as investments and based on scarcity, creating a market of their own.

    Thanks to the strength of the 4N .COM and 5N .COM markets, it looks like 6N .COM is becoming the soup du jour among investors. But how can you invest in this market? Are patterns the best way to go?

    With 262,144 possible "premium" 6N .COM domain names (those with neither a 0 nor a 4), it's likely that you're going to have an opportunity to acquire some. They might have all been registered, but you can scour the drop lists, GoDaddy listings, and NamePros auctions for some good opportunities.

    Which names should you be buying? In my opinion, random combinations aren't worth the investment. If the market falls, those will be the first to lose value. Many random combinations - such as 396519.com - have been selling on the auction sites today for around $160-180.

    6N .COM domains that have some sort of pattern or repetition to them seem to be selling for above $200 and above $250 in many cases. Patterns and repetition in popular categories have always sold, and have sold well. I am personally taking note of this, and learning to acquire liquid names with strong patterns.

    This is the approach that I would take with 6N .COM's, although before you invest any of your own money into this area, I would recommend doing your own thorough research. From my point of view, it's clear that if you want to succeed in 6N .COM domains, you need to focus on domains with patterns, such as 121235.com and 351212.com.

    Domains that contain triple repetition such as 153336.com also look to be holding value, as well as those ending in a double: 523577.com sold today for $260. I think that any 6N .COM ending with a double is great, especially those ending with 88.

    What does the future hold for 6N .COMs? Who knows. At the moment, it looks like there is a lot of activity in this market. Investors in China look to be selling off thousands of 6N .COM's that contain a 0 or 4; could this mean that when it comes to six numbers and higher that only the "premium" (without a 0 or 4) domains are worth investing in? Personally, I think the answer is yes.

    The next four to six weeks could be an interesting time in the 6N .COM market.
     
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  6. Mahogany

    Mahogany Top Contributor VIP

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    One of the best articles Ive read on here in a while. No fluff or trying to explain the unexplainable.... Good read.

    Now... If only 6n.nets... will pick up in value. :P
     
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    I just sold one recently, although I probably sold it for cheap. It was 191948. I did not own it for long, so I did not loose any money.
     
  8. James Rodman

    James Rodman Established Member

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    there are 262,144 "chips" in 6N compared to 160,000 in 4L. No wonder we re seeing a rise . If we go by ratio 6n chips should have at least a $500 floor in the future. Just my opinion.
     
  9. Keith DeBoer

    Keith DeBoer BrandableInsider.com PRO VIP ICA Member

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    great observations and perspective
     
  10. Raymond C

    Raymond C Established Member

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    I recently sold

    888733.com - 2808 GBP
    678883.com - 610 GBP
     
  11. James Rodman

    James Rodman Established Member

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    nice sales. 888733 might have got more if you held on a bit longer :)
     
  12. Raymond C

    Raymond C Established Member

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    True. Just need more cash and invest others liquid domains.....
     
  13. DnEbook

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    I think wise to take some money now while this market is fluent, things can change, it's nice to get something back while the window of opportunity, keep some, sell some I say
     
  14. Raymond C

    Raymond C Established Member

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    Good point. There are always great names to buy everydays. Sell 1 today, buy 3 tomorrow and flip flip flip......
     
  15. Jim Holleran

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    I have sold these at Namejet the last week, all "0 and "4" but it's about patterns, not just about which numbers:

    These is what I sold last week on Namejet, "all have "0 and "4" You will see these in Namebio as well.

    908869.com$170
    545559.com $165
    334113.com$135
    988590.com$135
    644462.com$100
    007765.com$119

    "0 and "4" are great if you have the right patterns, and all of our 6n has the right patterns.


    After Chinese New Year these prices will double. I have 3800 more 6n.com if I find a bulk buyer I will sell a % and keep the remaining.
     
  16. Jim Holleran

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    If anybody is interested in buying 6n.com's. I will offer a bulk deal special, but prices will double after Chinese New Year. Message me for list if interested.
     
  17. Domain Shane

    Domain Shane Top Member DSAD.com Staff PRO VIP ICA Member ★★★★★★★★★★

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    That's exactly what I thought. It also ended at 6 am central during Chinese New Year. And that's why I bought it :)
     
  18. Domain Shane

    Domain Shane Top Member DSAD.com Staff PRO VIP ICA Member ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Pretty sure by now that we ALL know you have 3800 6N.coms :)
     
  19. Jim Holleran

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    Tomorrow it might be 2800 6n's(lol)
     
  20. BrandChimp

    BrandChimp Taking A Brake VIP

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    What will happen to 5N.com?
    Is it the time to buy more?

    Sadly I have sold 85587 for too cheap as I needed money at that time. It worth so much more money today but is it the time to get back on 5N or should I go for 6N arround $150-$200 each?
     
  21. Jim Holleran

    Jim Holleran Established Member ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I would go 6n.com because IMO your chance of 5-10x ROI within 1 year is much better than 5n.com where you might only 3-5x your ROI
     
  22. BrandChimp

    BrandChimp Taking A Brake VIP

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    Thank you!
    I was looking to sell all my chips this summer but I feel like this market will continue to grow at least for another year. I hope I am not wrong.
     
  23. joro001

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    I have bought well over 100 premium patterns from both forums and auctions since around October 2015 spending big 5 figures to date and counting and can honestly say i'm extremely happy with the investment, indeed I couldn't be happier.

    For those wondering if it's too late to invest and make money, I believe we are at the start of a big rise in values. I myself did not hand reg. a single 6n, it's been a long process and taken many many hours to get to this point, so I can tell you, there's money to be made even if you did not manage to hand register anything.

    So strongly do I believe in this market, I sold out all my 4l.com chips recently and reinvested a lot of it in 6n's.
    The overall premium market has been picking up for a while now (some months) and now the more average 6n's are rising sharply as well in recent weeks.

    To the OP, it's not that I think all 6n's aren't a good investment as I think they are, it's that premiums without 0/4 in particular rise at a faster level then the average. For that reason I have acquired names in the last 3/4 months such as:

    299928.com
    399936.com
    828787.com
    278886.com
    388896.com
    226388.com
    etc.

    I plan on holding my premiums for some time yet as i feel they represent amazing ROI opportunities medium term.

    I wish everyone whether invested in this niche or otherwise every success.
     
  24. James Rodman

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    nice buy :)
     
  25. mibworld

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    Good move, congratulations! I have some 6N too and I've noticed a lot more interest recently. I'm selling some but for sure will keep most of them for the long term.
     
  26. ben pedri

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    I think 6n.com is of the gate already 5n.orgs are the way to go now and as of right now will have the most bang for buck. 10/1 ratio and 7 to 8 times the price which one do you think will move more ratio wise
     
  27. DomainVP

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    Let's not forget that there was a pretty steep drop off in value in Dec 2015.

    If we are talking January numbers alone, sure 6N's are going up... but they had a nice hefty fall during Dec.
     
  28. joro001

    joro001 Top Contributor VIP

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    That is true, but it was mainly lower quality/average 6n's that fell sharply and is now recovering strongly.
    If you've been sitting on premiums for months they have been doing just fine.
     
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