Are you buying any domain names over the holidays?

I’ve always found the holidays to be an interesting time for domain investors. There always seems to be less bidding activity on popular aftermarket sites like NameJet, Go Daddy, etc. which often means that some lucky investors can add a few solid names to their portfolio with a little less competition than usual.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m one of those investors and historically I’ve had good luck buying names over the holidays. Of course it’s always a balancing act since the holidays are the best time for me to unplug and get some R&R.

Right now I’m literally out in the middle of the Canadian Rockies in a small town called Golden, BC, and on Monday I’m headed to Banff which is just over the border in Alberta. The Internet connecting is pretty darn slow so I’m not sure if I’ll be bidding as much as usual but I’ll still likely buy a few names while I’m up here.

I’ll likely be buying two-word .COMs, and I’ve moved away from keyword .COMs so I’ll likely be buying brandable domains.

What about you? Are you planning on buying any names over the holidays? If so what kind of names are you looking to buy and what’s your go-to marketplace?

{ 12 comments… add one }

  • Ron December 23, 2016, 10:42 pm

    Those theories do not work, you have India, and China heavy in the aftermarkets, and Xmas holiday season is not as big to them.

    Prices are up, and maybe a good idea to take a day off, quality has always been crappy over holidays.

    • Mark Thorpe December 24, 2016, 1:16 pm

      Yes, the domain name landscape has changed!

  • Joe December 23, 2016, 10:45 pm

    Hi! Morgan,

    Merry Christmas from Spain, your friend Joe.

  • Anunt December 24, 2016, 7:41 am

    these namejet bidders need to be banned atleast during the holidays!!!

    • Mark Thorpe December 24, 2016, 1:21 pm

      You can add “CatchName” username to that list alongside “Taryn”.

  • Eric Lyon December 24, 2016, 10:55 am

    Happy Holiday’s to you and your family. I’m not sure if I’ll buy a domain over the holidays or not. This is also the time of year for accidental domain registrations & bids (E.g. Misspelled domains that looked right when you pressed the button the night before) 😉 lol

  • Steve December 24, 2016, 12:04 pm

    Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017!!
    Just grabbed
    Eat organic!!!!!

  • Steve December 24, 2016, 12:08 pm

    FYI. Don’t drink bourbon and watch America’s Auction Channel.
    Oops. Picked up a Picasso???

  • Mark Thorpe December 24, 2016, 1:13 pm

    Should be buying keyword and brandable .Com domains. IMO

  • joe December 24, 2016, 7:54 pm

    Two domains,. Com and Club brandable insurance

  • JZ December 26, 2016, 4:08 pm

    i think everyone thinks this way and thus bids more than usual on the holidays. i know i tried but failed to get any deals. prices just kept going up and up.

  • Akshay lal May 10, 2018, 9:18 am

    Have you Acquired any Brandable Domains, Morgan ?
    I’d Love to see them.


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