How would you spend $2,500 on expired domain names?


It’s a question I often find myself running into and I know many Domain Investors ask themselves the same question all the time. To frame the question in something a bit more concrete I decided to throw out a number that I think is pretty representative for your average Domainer.

If you have $2,500, and you’re planning on investing in expired domain names, how do you spend it? There are two components to this question IMO:

  1. What average price would you pay for a domain
  2. What extension(s) would you buy

As usual, if I’m going to ask a question I need to answer it myself. My answer to this question has also changed over time and probably will continue to change, or at least to part 1. So here’s my answer:

  1. I typically find myself spending around $250 per domain but I think I’d probably have a name at the $500 – $750 range in there so I think in the end I find myself buying 7 – 8 domains for $2,500
  2. When it comes to investing I’d put 100% of this into .COM, period

Okay, that’s my two cents, now I want to hear from you. You have $2,500 to put into expired domain names, what’s the average price you pay per domain and what extension(s) do you buy. I want to hear from you, comment and let your voice be heard!

{ 13 comments… add one }

  • Jose March 7, 2019, 9:07 pm

    I buy on Namejet $ 79 normal and also up to $ 250 never buy expired more than the last three previous figure.

    Happy Day. Jose.

  • AbdulBasit Makrani March 7, 2019, 9:20 pm

    I would buy 20-25 expiring names with $2500. Sell at least 5 from those after you’ve spent all that money and repeat the same pattern for long time before buying a name for mid 3 figs each.

    • Bobby khan March 7, 2019, 11:08 pm

      Nice plan… You are great

    • Piyush Tiwari March 8, 2019, 12:38 pm

      Hello Abdul,

      I have few domains and I want to sell them. Do you know, how can I sell those domains?

      I have listed them on sedo, godaddy auction & flippa. Is there any other option like domain brokers, who can help me & I will share commission?

      Please suggest.

  • Bobby khan March 7, 2019, 11:07 pm

    Well i agree with mr. Abdulbasit… (He is also my role model)… So I completely agree with Mr. Abdulbasit

  • Supratik March 8, 2019, 1:15 am

    Why would you buy expired names if you’re not sure about the future buyers!

  • Green Jobs March 8, 2019, 4:03 am

    I’d buy one really good domain name. 🙂

  • Richard Morris March 8, 2019, 4:19 am

    In all due respect I wouldn’t waste my money on expiring domain names when there are so many good names on the grid that I could hand register to include ngTLD’s and .com’s. First, I’m involved in a project locally to re-brand Hampton Roads Virginia to “CoVa” or Coastal Virginia. I already own .com domains I hand registered like;,,,,, and while others are already taken there are a lot more for me to add to my portfolio. Then there are ngTLD’s names I would buy specifically for my .Homes portfolio. The reason I would add to my ngTLD portfolio is because of proposed software changes that will lead .com shoppers/buyers to the EXACT MATCH ngTLD domain when the .com is already spoken for. For example, if someone were looking to buy and because it was already registered for a myriad of reasons, the new software would lead the buyer to the EXACT MATCH or and show the buyer it’s availability. Granted, the equivalent or exact match domain may be less than half the price of the .com, but it will give incredible exposure to ngTLD’s, and CHOICE for the buyer. Why this hasn’t been done all along I’ll never know, but it’s coming. Cheers!

  • Tony March 8, 2019, 4:37 am

    Paul Nicks already gave you the road to profitability on questions like this. The sweet spot is to average $50/domain and sell for 100x at a 1% sell through rate. So you buy a combination of Godaddy closeouts at say $11 and some $100-200 Godaddy expired auctions. End up with 50-100 total and hope to sell 1 in one year’s time for $5000.

  • Mark Thorpe March 8, 2019, 5:28 am

    It really depends on the quality of the domains and the competition, but roughly 10 domains. Sometimes more.

    I could get 25+ quality domains 5 years ago for $2500, but domain aftermarket prices have gone up.

  • John March 8, 2019, 8:01 am

    I’d buy on a drop. By the time it drops it will probably be “appraised” at low $x,xxx:

  • Piyush Tiwari March 8, 2019, 12:36 pm

    I have few domains and I want to sell them. Does anyone know, how can I sell those domains?

    I have listed them on sedo, godaddy auction & flippa. Is there any other option like domain brokers?

    Please suggest.

  • John Colascione March 9, 2019, 10:07 pm

    I’d look for short .com domain names which have value based on the name alone; but I would only purchase ones with very good back-links, so between the links, referral traffic and the potential future resale value, it should be a winning purchase and worthwhile expense.


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