Honestly most of the new names where combing the expireddomains scrap heap for value that everyone else might have missed. 95% of the names are available for a reason but with limited capital have to be willing to dig through the garbage for treasures that were missed.
The addiction is real! I stopped actively buying names quite a few years ago and only focus on the names that I have now (< 200).
Even with solid names, there are way too many tire kickers out there. No one wants to pay anything. Your cost goes up as you add more names to your portfolio. It might not seem like much but those carrying costs start to add up. This in turn can force you to sell your better names at lower prices.
What I have now is manageable. I don't care if I sell any names or not. Either pay the price or go away, way less stress for me!