Are domain investors missing great deals by focusing on buying expired domains?

One of my favorite domain investors on Twitter is a guy named Josh Reason (cool name right?). What I like about Josh is he’s always sharing what he’s doing, what he’s learning, and asking great questions along the way. Recently he announced the sale of MarketInsider.com for $7,910, a domain that he purchased for $700 a week earlier.

First, before you get too excited. Don’t take individual sales like these out of context. If all of us could just buy a domain for $700 and flip it for around $8k, we’d be doing it all day long and probably living on a pretty kick ass island, aptly called Domainer Island.

But we’re not, and we live in a slightly different world that’s still pretty darn cool IMO. Domain name investing offers incredible opportunities and I have been a huge proponent of two-word .COMs for a long time now because things like this can and do happen. That being said, you need to pick the right name and buy at the right price.

That’s exactly what Josh did here, MarketInsider.com is a really solid name and $700 is an absolute steal for the name IMO. I immediately assumed he bought the name off a drop…but it turns out he bought it retail, from a marketplace. Recently he shared a follow-up to this on Twitter that I thought was pretty interesting, heck – interesting enough to write a whole blog post about, here’s the Tweet:

Josh makes a great point in this tweet, and honestly it’s something I’m guilty of. I think for some reason I’ve assumed that domains for sales by private sellers on marketplaces must be priced for end-users. I’m not sure why I think that, I just do (or did) and me and many of you are probably missing out on some pretty awesome deals.

Yes, expired domains are great and I think they are and always will be one of the best ways for investors to get investment-grade names at wholesale pricing…that being said, there are a lot of eyes on expired domain auctions, especially the really good ones.

Names sitting out there on marketplaces like Go Daddy and Sedo with BIN prices, still get plenty of eyeballs, but likely less from domain investors. While this might not be groundbreaking to you in any way, it certainly has opened my eyes as I’ve been very focused on buying expired domains exclusively for some time now…I wonder what kind of deals I’ve missed over the years by not digging a little deeper into domains that other owners have listed for sale.

Thanks Josh, why didn’t I think of that? Well I’m even more happy to have you in my Twitterverse.

Now I’ll turn it over to you. Do you think we’re missing some great domain deals by putting so much focus on expired domains? I want to hear from you, comment and let your voice be heard!

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  • Snoopy May 1, 2019, 5:26 pm

    Great acquisition price but the sell price was too low. That’s a great name.

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  • Ricky Barnes May 1, 2019, 5:54 pm

    I like using ExpiredDomans.net to look for good names with stats from either Uniregistry BIN or GD. Even snag a few good ones from the deleted .coms..

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  • Don May 1, 2019, 6:31 pm

    In order who to buy from first for best ROI.

    1. Buying from private owner. Your the only one bidding. The best names are bought from private.
    2. Namefind/hugedomains/GD. Some nice domains selling on BIN from 3-5k.
    3. The lazy way- Drops expired market. If they happen to drop and they’re really good it will be Seabiscut, Secretariat and then the other 50 horses bidding. LOL. Though it seems to get a average name you will need to be at about $500. Not a big fan of the expired market.

    Many domainers complain they can’t get a deal on the expired market anymore. If you think about it that is good thing. Prices are all going up up up. That is what you want.

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  • Adam May 1, 2019, 7:57 pm

    Work the angles. My best sale ever came from picking up a name via a Uni broker representing a very well-known domain investor. Bought for low 6 and sold for 7 figures.

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    • John May 2, 2019, 8:52 am

      Exactly my point about brokers. Thanks for sharing that. Should be the subject of a whole big blog post on all the major blogs.

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  • bob May 1, 2019, 7:57 pm

    Great article.
    R. Schwartz would have sold the same domain for at least $100,000.
    That is an incredible domain name for financial journalism imo.
    Nice sell but patience and better negotiation tactics could have been well rewarded with a Much higher sale.

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  • Anunt May 1, 2019, 9:33 pm

    Buying from private owner is best.

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  • Bob May 2, 2019, 1:03 am

    I do absolutely agree with this tweet from Josh Reason, as one can surely find a batch of much better & underpriced names from any private owner rather than just focusing on expired auctions! Domains Feast is only the private sole owner so you can find some of my domains for sale at very realistic prices from Sedo http://bit.ly/2LpBfd7 or Twitter.com/DomainsFeast.

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  • JZ May 2, 2019, 6:14 am

    It can be a lot of work to try an find deals on the aftermarket. I think when it comes to domaining its best to try and focus on an area, otherwise you spread yourself too thin and lack focus. I used to send a lot of emails to people trying to buy domains but despite 1000’s of emails sent, this only resulted in a few purchases as most either knew the value or wanted some ridiculous price. You used to be able to get a deal buying in the expired auctions but not so any more. Koreans or whoever else have driven up the prices. They just don’t give up.

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  • John May 2, 2019, 8:54 am

    Yes, that domain is killer. It’s one thing to make a ~10x flip, but that domain is worth much more.

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  • Big Domain Dealer May 2, 2019, 3:43 pm

    Domain sellers seem desperate to sell these expired domains so they can continue making money. That was a good domain name? Come on… Makes us a favor and tell ALL these answers come from the same domain provider which is trying to convince you to buy a Domain that no body wants. This post is for sure a joke. Don’t buy any Domain and leave ALL of them for me, please.

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  • Vasilis Smyrnios May 3, 2019, 9:25 am

    I am guessing that the domain was a good investment and rare to find and buy at that price. He definitely could have sold it for more. I am at domain investment myself and own more than 20 domain names as well as some websites that i operate myself. I invest by searching for names that are just free and not on any marketplace not even expired. You can grab them anywhere. I am just being creative on the name and see what is available. You can find the complete list at mrguideline.com (also for sale). They are all for sale so dont hesitate to contact me. I sell at reasonable prices. I dont expect 7 figures… hahaha. Have a good one guys. VS

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