Numeric .COMs – If you’re not buying them are you missing the boat?

Let’s be honest, unless you’ve been living under a rock, in a cave, at the bottom of the ocean you’ve probably realized that the Domaining industry has moved to China, and numeric .COMs are more valuable than ever before.

I have to give it to Shane for saying this years ago and other well-known Domainers like Michael Berkens who have been sharing what they’re seeing in the numeric domain space. This, by the way, is one of the things I truly appreciate about the domain space, once you get beyond the smoke and mirrors (and yes, there is a lot of smoke, mirrors, and scandals) you’ll find that investors making good money in the industry are sharing things that most people in other industries would keep to themselves. I love this about our industry and do truly believe that rising tides do raise all ships and if we share information we all win.

Michael Berkens (TheDomains.com) is someone I’ve always looked-up to and this week he wrote a great post about the increased volume of offers he’s seeing from Chinese buyers for numeric .COMs:

“As we all know buyers from China have been moving the domain name market for a few years, but we are now in uncharted waters. China now is making the market. US buyers are now interested in buying only the domain names the buyers in China want. I have 100+ LLL.com domains, about 30+ LLLL.com domain, 7 NNNN.com domains and lots of NNNNN.com domains that I registered back in the day when Marchex was buying them as area codes.” (Source – TheDomains.com)

As I started out this post by saying, it’s no secret that numeric domains are hot, my question is, if you’re not buying them right now are you missing the boat? Or should you have bought them years ago and the ship sailed a long time ago?

I’m interested in hear what you think – comment and let your voice be heard!

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  • Spencer October 28, 2015, 6:53 pm

    my opinion.

    too late.

    likely bubble.

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  • John October 28, 2015, 6:56 pm

    And how’s one going to buy them now that the cat’s out of the bag and a horde of hungry domain investors are chasing it?

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    • Morgan October 29, 2015, 2:52 am

      @John – I think it just means you have to be more creative. If you’re buying through public auction sites like Go Daddy Auctions the price is going to be high, but if you buy from individual owners it’s a whole different story…more work, but more opportunity IMO.

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  • @domains October 28, 2015, 8:38 pm

    Numeric .co starting to rise now too. NNNN.co all registered but can be had on drops for low $xxx values.

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  • Alan Dodd October 28, 2015, 9:02 pm

    Well, is there more upside? This I don’t know but it’s a good time to sell. I would be buying the stuff that’s been frowned upon or overlooked – that is more like a commodity but with real, justifiable value. So not a bubble!

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  • todd October 28, 2015, 11:53 pm

    Pop goes the weasel.

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  • Howie October 29, 2015, 4:43 am

    You’re not wrong about the smoke and mirrors, that’s why I appreciate your writing on domains.

    I would say ‘missed boat’ on good 4N 5N in the auction houses, but you’ve got a good point about reaching out to to individuals, i.e. specific owners etc.

    Specific not-com (3N) 4N seem to doing well but it’s relative isn’t it. Can be risky. I wrote about some flats sales including 888888.pro selling for $1.90 [ ¥12 RMB ], but one of the top sales was 286.cc $8,814

    A very interesting market.

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  • Tim October 29, 2015, 8:38 am

    Guys I like a good gold play, the Chinese have agents at every drop company beanix first, these guys keep bidding, and don’t lose.

    You want to bid blindly into 4 figures against them for hxzzz.com by all means go right ahead.

    Morgan you are out of the loop my man, just keeping it relevant all good, but don’t lead newbies down a destructive path. These guys blow thru M Berkens drop limits like they are chump change.

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    • Morgan October 31, 2015, 2:33 pm

      @Tim – all solid points, definitely not trying to lead anyone down any path, I don’t invest in numeric .COMs myself nor do I follow that market, that’s why I wrote the post…

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