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HugeDomains.com is Buying 50%+ of Expiring Domains at GoDaddy.com

Discussion in 'Domain Expiration and Domain Drop Catching' started by Arca, Dec 9, 2016.

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  1. Asfas1000

    Asfas1000 Business Member Business Account VIP

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    I think anything like that would be against the rules of a public auction and possibly illegal (similar to shill bidding).
     
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  2. garptrader

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    Perhaps if HD prices domainers out of acquiring expiring domains under $100 domain investors will more seriously consider low-priced aftermarket domains.

    One thing I wish Godaddy would do is allow age filters for active listings - not just expiring domains.
     
  3. TDM

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    As others have said, lots of money involved..

    If they agreed to some deal, then by all means it's (should be) something the public will not witch-hunt if ever disclosed


    "yeah they're big client... got some bulk volume ... go that big and we may treat you same.."

    ..kind of thing


    Can't imagine they spend big time into trust and promo then ruin themselves (and give power to kill GD in hands of HD)
     
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  4. HKIBC

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    Huh? What reputation? Since when do major registrars, in this case the registrar, worry about their reputation? :sneaky:
     
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  5. garptrader

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    Perhaps to gain trust in an auction platform, anonymous bidders should be eliminated.

    That way we don't see a repeat of H Alvarez.

    I have stated previously that publicly reported domain sales which often influence registrations should go through an audit process just like publicly-traded companies. Domain investors place perhaps too much faith in reports of high-dollar sales to believe that their existing portfolios are worth renewing and that it makes sense to keep bidding on domain auction platforms.
     
  6. urlurl

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    Nope, its rare that you would see the first bidder finish off and winning the auction, even the 2nd and 3rd bidder drops out early too.
     
  7. wwwweb

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    And selling less, hence krx is right
     
  8. wwwweb

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    A rebate might be in play, they will never talk about it as they make you sign NDAS.
     
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  9. Doughmange

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    I was wondering if they were monitoring certain accounts for what they 'watch', and if there are intersections then they give the list to HD.

    That's HUGE speculation, but it almost feels like it when I am constantly going to bat with only one other bidder. Either my taste buds are the same as someone elses, or something smells funny.
     
  10. rentmynames

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    About HugeDomains.com. I believe I initially owned this domain (hugedomains.com) long ago. If someone can help me verify its history, the past owner, under the name "V... Nguyen" .
     
  11. urlurl

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    just check your email history
     
  12. rentmynames

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    I might be the first owner... it was over 10yrs ago... I don't know the email I used
     
  13. HKIBC

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    Try Domain History at https://whoisrequest.com.
    Goes back to 2002. Shows nameservers used. You might be able to recognize them or not :xf.wink:
     
  14. rentmynames

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    Domain dropped in 2003 ... :xf.wink: could be it.
     
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    Bidders at GoDaddy should have a handle / name attached to them. I disagree with GoDaddy's stance to have the bidders be completely anonymous.
     
  16. carob

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    Yes GD could simply take less commission - or no commission - on sales made through GD, Afternic and their network. There would be no way of proving there was a quid pro quo in that agreement - it could just be described as a bulk discount. Or possibly GD is extending credit to HD or trying to buy them - why not let them run up a huge debt first?

    All these auction prices then end up on Namebio, convincing new arrivals that floor prices for expiring domains are higher - maybe pricing out some buyers, but pushing up spending for others.
     
  17. stub

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    But still making more money overall :) At least this year :)
     
  18. bene

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    my domain that expire was bought by hugedomains i forgot to renew.....your research is true op
     
  19. Howie

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    These people vacuum up first and last names. Hold onto yours.
     
  20. garptrader

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    Perhaps we should check the SEC filings for commentary of large customers...
     
  21. platey

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    buying .com's for around the $500 a .com and sitting on them for a few decades etc is a good investment paying o of the cheapest renewals per year eg $10 or so if a person or registrar can afford to do do etc

    and i reckon the domain name industry hasn't even started to get good as really big business with very deep pockets has yet to enter the domain name industry

    but when they do we will start to see proper pennies being spent on .com domain names

    huge domains may just be another big player entering the game

    but there will be more and more big players entering the domain name industry over the next decade or so
     
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  23. Doughmange

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    With respect to auctions and Zero bids. I tried using backorders to snipe domains...

    lol @ me because that didn't work. Noob mistake, I know but I had to try. Read this thread for more detailed info.

    You have to place a bid before the auction time runs out now, because HD (or someone) is running a closeout bot to pick up domains during the now unpredictable auction -> closeout timeframe.
     
  24. Cdomains

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    This is all just a numbers game to them.

    The quality matters less when you have as many domains for sale as they do.

    They pump out sales at pretty low prices, and they have it down to a science.

    They can afford to play the game in a way most of us can't.
     
  25. platey

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    just had a look at huge domains website and lets just say not many will be able to compete with high domains

    they are taking the domain name market to the next level

    they offer a full refund within 30 days of purchase - no questions asked etc (standard practice when buying anything else in a shop or online) but not currently with all domain name aftrmarket resellers

    I reckon huge domains will eventually offer domain name insurance or udrp insurance with every domain purchased from them and or better still i reckon huge domains will eventually include domain name insurance for free with every domain purchased from them

    few will be able to compete with them

    and if they were to offer free trademark check service to anyone without the need to buy from them
    they would effectively become the market leader quite quickly
     

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