Millions of dollars in two-character .COMs just went up for sale

Yesterday, Kira from eName.com sent out a very casual tweet with some of the most valuable domain names in the world in it.

Two character .COMs sell for six and seven figures which makes this a tweet about what could be $10M or more in assets. While domains like xh(.)com and yk(.)com might not sell in the millions, sh(.)com, pf(.)com and da(.)com all feel like they could find a nice spot in the seven figure sales charts.

The top selling two character .COM of all time is fb.com which went for $8.5M in 2010. The next highest sale was we.com which sold for $8M in 2015 followed by ig.com for $4.7M in 2013. The highest two character .COM sale (reported) so far in 2020 is OA.com which sold for $609,068 on Sedo.

Doing a bit of research I was able to find the original sale price for a few of the names they’re selling, here’s the skinny:

  • da(.)com sold for $650,000 in 2016
  • py(.)com sold for $358,000 in 2014
  • yk(.)com sold for $900,000 in 2016

(sales data source – NameBio)

So now the ten million dollar question, why are all these names going up for sale now? Most investors that hold two-character .COMs wait for offers and I can’t think of a time when a group of two-character .COMs like this went up for sale publicly.

My best guess is that when the bottom fell out for 4L .COMs in China, this impacted the liquidity in the 3L and 2L .COM market. While these names are still incredible investment-grade domains, the investor that would have bought them 4-5 years ago, is now going to think twice since they likely know the next buyer will have to be an end-user if they want to book a solid profit. But that’s just my best guess, what do you think?

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  • BullS November 30, 2020, 8:41 pm

    I have a friend in China who is part of the “Secret Service Team of the National Security Bureau No.83605” and he said the Communist Party of China is cracking down on people who do not conform to the Communist Policy.
    Just remember, the people in China do not own anything, everything including their souls are own by the State .
    Look at Jack Ma when he wanted to start the Ant……he was called by the Authorities and told to not to mess around. Don’t be surprised, he could be taken away soon……
    All those domains own by the Chinese investors are actually own by the State…

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  • BullS November 30, 2020, 8:44 pm

    When you are in China or in Russia, all your info on your devices are being “downloaded” by the Communist State.
    Every move you made, are being monitored and thanks to facial recognition, they can analyze your behavior.

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  • Farid December 1, 2020, 3:00 am

    da.com (“da” means “yes” on Russian)

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    • Morgan December 1, 2020, 10:04 pm

      Interesting, thanks for sharing!!

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  • domain guy December 1, 2020, 5:47 am

    That’s why chain.com and block.com is held in ST. Nevis. That’s why there is crypto whales. The other day I saw a picture of piles of money on tables in Russia no where to put it. Individuals that hold million dollar assets do not want to be disclosed. That’s why they sign a non disclosure agreements.

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  • John December 1, 2020, 9:20 pm

    FB was sold cheap.

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    • Morgan December 1, 2020, 10:05 pm

      Agreed, if Voice.com was worth $30M to someone, FB.com should have hit eight figures.

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