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What makes these domains valuable?

Labeled as question in IDN and Emoji Domain Discussion, started by thevictor, Mar 12, 2018

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  1. thevictor

    thevictor Established Member

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    Hey NP,

    Does anyone know why any of the below domains would be worth so much? Why would anyone even register these? Would appreciate any insight...

    xn--koa.com - 1,500 USD 2018-02-28 Uniregistry
    xn--sd-xka.com - 900 USD 2018-02-15 Uniregistry
    xn--grna-6qa.com - 1,500 USD 2018-02-14 Uniregistry
    xn--80apgy.com - 4,000 USD 2017-11-09 Uniregistry
    xn--bj4bt9j.com - 620 USD 2017-10-23 Uniregistry
    xn--mgbko9ec.com - 1,600 USD 2017-09-28 Uniregistry
     
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  2. creataweb

    creataweb Some Guy with Awesome Senior High School Photo VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    xn--koa.com = ɴ.com (translated in punycode) These are IDNs.
     
  3. thevictor

    thevictor Established Member

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    Sounds like I got some more reading to do... Thanks!
     
  4. Ategy

    Ategy Arif M, NameCult.com TheDomainSocial.com VIP Gold Account

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    Essentially the XN-- prefix is a code to the browser to convert to non standard text .. all sorts of international character subsets exist. Including emojis. Do a search of IDN (short for International Domain Names I'm pretty sure).

    Be careful of these .. most do not hold any value aside from a few rare exceptions.

    Also tricky is that some of the resulting characters can look identical to traditional English/Latin based letters. From time to time you'll see a domain like "Hello.com" for sale for $50 .. obviously sometimes that's because the listing itself is fraudulent .. but on occasion it's because the "o" (or another letter), isn't actually the letter it appears to be, So if someone types in the domain as it appears (with the "o" for example), they would not go to that site, but simply to Hello.com.

    It seems like a total nightmare of a mess .. but the reality is that these domains are the way they are because of keyboard limitations in more complex languages (like Chinese I'm thinking .. as well as all the languages with accents and dots over regular letters). They are a necessary evil to have a domain system that works for everyone around the world (pretty much the entire point of the internet).

    If you are new to domaining .. then I most definitely recommend staying away from them. You've pulled a few decent sales .. but the truth is that for the colossal number of possible XN-- variations out there, there are very few sales.
     
  5. thevictor

    thevictor Established Member

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    Thanks a lot for that explanation. Will take your advice and stay away from those IDNs for now.

    On a side note - The sales I posted above are not mine, just a few I came across on namebio and wasn't sure what that was about.

    Thanks again for the explanation guys!
     
  6. thebutler

    thebutler Established Member ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Thanks for raising the question. Everyone can learn from stuff like this.
     
  7. Premiums

    Premiums find.ventures

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    I call it IDNs "scam" domains :|
     
  8. creataweb

    creataweb Some Guy with Awesome Senior High School Photo VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    To be fair I have sold some IDNs and even asked one of the buyers if he knew what it was and he sure did and still wanted it and paid promptly. And these weren't the IDNs that necessarily look like the real word and indistinguishable.

    But on the other side of it if someone is selling them purely to fool people then yeah that's a bad thing in the end.
     
  9. Furquah

    Furquah Brand Ambassador INDIA Epik.com Staff VIP

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    They all are IDNs & they were got sold because people are to fool.
     
  10. bashariqbal

    bashariqbal Established Member

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    These are IDNs (International Domain Names) and they do have value if you know about them well and they exist because to enable foreign letters and characters (for non-english speaking people) to be typed in their own languages (like Japanese, Chinese, etc.).
     
  11. siravi

    siravi Established Member

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    Thanks for making us to know about this emoji domains.
     

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