One-word .IO’s are starting to cross the $5,000+ mark, at wholesale

I was interested to see the latest sales results from, there were two .IO names that recently sold that crossed the $5,000 mark. The names were which sold for $6,350 and for $6,000.

What I think makes this particularly interesting is that is a site that catches expired domains and the most prominent buyer of expired domains is well, not surprisingly, Domainers that are buying at what they consider to be wholesale.

With names selling over the $5,000 you know that some investors out there are likely expecting to get $15,000+ for the names. Now I know what you’re going to say…Morgan that’s just two domains out of a huge list of names that sold for under $5,000, heck a ton sold for under $500. That’s true but this isn’t a new trend, it seems to be happening just about every week.

Two weeks ago sold for $7,2650, the week before that sold for $10,0000. It’s clear that there are Domainers out there who see one-word .IO’s as having solid five-figure resale values. You might not, and I’ll be honest…I’m a little skeptical, but it is interesting and definitely is something I’m going to be keeping an eye on.

While I have a lot more .COM investments than anything else, .IO is the TLD that I have invested the most in next to .COM. I’m a big fan of .IO but I usually think of the resale value to fall more in the $2,500 to $7,500 range…but maybe I was wrong and I’m selling for too cheap.

What do you think? I want to hear from you, comment and let your voice be heard!

{ 9 comments… add one }

  • Snoopy June 29, 2018, 11:44 pm

    It is a flavor of the month extension. .info, .tv, .co, .xyz. Will be dead in 5 years. We have seen it all before.

    • Mark Thorpe June 30, 2018, 7:04 am

      Domainer flavor of the month, not end-users.

  • Jose June 30, 2018, 4:34 am

    Ask for more to sell a premium domain, nothing is lost, in the end you will sell the same or lower but always be a premium domain, you recover the ROI and profitability after paying taxes.

    Good weekend.

  • Joshua Schoen June 30, 2018, 9:41 am

    It looks like and was bought to be developed. has a coming soon page up and already has a website up. I think end-users have somewhat caught on to the platform and realize it’s a place to go to buy .io domains for their projects/companies.

    I do agree though that wholesale prices of .io domains have certainly gone up as of late and seem to be continuing to rise. Two examples of .io’s that sold to domainers for more than I thought they would were and Both sold for $2,000 earlier this month.

  • Tom Fox June 30, 2018, 10:15 am

    I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the odd/random TLDs. Which isn’t to say I haven’t bought some but the value ends up not being anywhere near what I expected. For example, I own – super short and I thought valuable – never even an offer on it.

    I bought, a preimum in that TLD, and while i’ve spent plenty on renewals, I’ve never received a serious offer on it.

  • Carlos June 30, 2018, 10:30 am also report end user sales, not only expired auction sales. and were end user sales.

  • John June 30, 2018, 7:35 pm

    What makes you say that the buyers on Park,io are “wholesalers”? They are retail buyers paying retail prices. .

    • Morgan July 1, 2018, 9:51 pm

      @John – most end users know absolutely nothing about buying expired domains, nor do they know that exists. Most of the people out there buying expired domains are investors…

  • Bob July 3, 2018, 6:42 am

    That is very true with .IO domains – I do have some one-word domains for sale at Sedo which are,,,, & but like you, these .IO domains are definitely the best alternative to .COM, also at a much lower or favourable cost.


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