Someone’s dropping a ton of 3N .IO domains…and I’m not surprised

I was bidding on some domains tonight on when I noticed that someone is dropping a ton of 3N .IO domain names. Like the title of this post said, I’m not surprised. I too tested the 3L .IO and 3N .IO path and found it to be a scary and desolate place, just you and your domains, and nobody who wants to buy them.

It’s clear that someone else also tested the waters and likely found similar results given that they’re dropping all of them. It looks like they only held them for a year so they’re not out too much money but I’m sure there’s still a sting since .IO names come with a relatively heft reg fee.


I also see this as a good example of how easy it can be to trick yourself into thinking you have something valuable, when in reality you have, as Rick Schwartz would say – pigeon shit (pardon my French). It can be easy to see 3L and 3N .COMs selling for big bucks and thinking, well if I sell the .IO for a tenth of what the .COM sells for I’ll make a fortune.

The problem is, nobody wants to buy your 3L .IO or 3N .IO domain, not for a tenth of the .COM price, not for a hundredth, there just isn’t the demand.  Here’s my question, what extensions besides .COM and .NET do you think are a good bet for 3L and 3N domains? I’d say there aren’t many, but there are more than two, but I can tell you that the third isn’t .IO.

What do you think? Comment and let your voice be heard!

{ 13 comments… add one }

  • Snoopy May 24, 2017, 10:29 pm

    Would say some very popular country codes as well (not the repurposed ones), .de,

  • Nick May 24, 2017, 10:37 pm

    What if you’re holding popular 3L terms? Like DWI .io or LAW .io for example?

  • Morgan May 24, 2017, 10:45 pm

    @Nick – thanks for bringing this up, in the case of, this is a one-word domain so even though it’s three letters, it’s a meaningful word and I think would probably get inbound offers. DWI is a known acronym so could be valuable but I personally don’t think it would see a ton of interest from the typical end-user that buys .IO.

    • Nick May 25, 2017, 7:43 am

      Thanks Morgan!

  • @domains May 24, 2017, 11:33 pm

    Those all have a 4 in them. Are 3N io chips dropping too?

    • Dn Ebook May 25, 2017, 2:47 am

      I would avoid those as well

  • Matt Holmes May 25, 2017, 12:00 am

    What i’d wonder is if .io’s aren’t even one hundredth the value of .coms, then what is the general percent .net 3L and 3N’s sell for compared to .com! Any estimates out there?

  • AbdulBasit Makrani May 25, 2017, 4:11 am


  • Pierre Barnard May 25, 2017, 4:51 am

    Hi Morgan, as we previously discussed briefly, domains are dead. I let mine just expire, the few I had left. not worth the $9 Flippa fee, renewal fee, promoting time, stress etc…

    Is a pity cause I really liked them.


  • James Stevens May 25, 2017, 4:58 am

    .TV – a lot of TV stations have weird 3N names (BBC, ITV, CNN etc) – and cc’s like UK & DE

    But any 3N that makes a word will have value – pretty much no matter what the domain.

  • Suresh Raghavan May 25, 2017, 6:35 am

    Large country codes are a good bet for 3L’s . Acronyms make sense for example in the Indian market as well. With 45 million SME’s , its a good bet that many will want acronyms in .IN or .CO.IN or both
    There has been some sales recently in .IN space . Prices are in the low xxxx range for now

  • John M May 25, 2017, 7:18 am

    Morgan we also had the NNN.up with the same results. Please look at the recent sales ( Swiss) for I think you’ll be surprised. We own a few such as “I adore you” Valuate $5200 We paid nothing for it but these actually are selling on Sedo etc etc.

    • John M May 25, 2017, 7:19 am

      .io that should read not .up LOL


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