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GreatDomains... get auto appraisal
turnaround: $15/3day or bizex @ $25/1hr

 8:55 pm on Aug 16, 2001 (gmt 0)

Now you can get auto appraisals at GreatDomains.com ...I am not sure who is powering it, but I know Oingo (back before they renamed themselves) was working on something like this...

As usual, I tried it (being the sucker that I am) and got a blank 'thank you' or 'error' page... I'm not sure which... no confirmation email either (but that is typical for them... their scripts suck.)

...so I guess I have to wait 3 days to see if my CrackerJacks came with a prize.



 2:56 am on Aug 17, 2001 (gmt 0)

Hope it works out well for you dogboy. I'm still leary of appraisals, they always seem a bit "too optimistic" and over inflated.


 5:45 am on Aug 17, 2001 (gmt 0)

Much like CrackerJack prizes... much-hyped, and yet always a let down by the time you eat all the sugary bits. The sugar-sticky little plastic charm stuck to the bottom of the box was never worth the hours spent picking gummed up popcorn off one's teeth.


 4:19 pm on Aug 17, 2001 (gmt 0)

heheh yeah, their $70 appraisals sucked too:) but now its like getting your fortune from one of those old time coin operated fortune tellers... put in your money and watch all the bells and whistles.

...like I said, I'm a sucker.


 4:43 pm on Aug 17, 2001 (gmt 0)

I've never had any faith in a formal domain appraisal. The price is too dependent upon the buyer's intention/vision. I have a one-worder that should be worth a 5-digit piece of change to a certain type of manufacturer, but the only offer I've received is a couple of hundred bucks from a regional rock band with the same name. Value is in the eye of the beholder.


 5:11 pm on Aug 17, 2001 (gmt 0)

Value is in the eye of the beholder.

No kidding... my mom breeds standard poodles. In Oregon she's regularly getting $800 per puppy. She wants to move to California, where it seems her asking price could go up to the $1500 range (especially now that her male has his American & Canadian Ch.). She's repeatedly offered to give me puppies, thinking it would be a great way for me to supplement my income.

How much demand for really large poodles is there going to be in the middle of Alaska? Champion sire or not? LOL...


 12:36 am on Aug 19, 2001 (gmt 0)

oooooh.... that thing doesn't like hyphens or more than one word either...

...and it was powered by Oingo, (although now they are 'Applied Semantics'.)


 1:18 am on Aug 19, 2001 (gmt 0)


A few years ago, GreatDomains had an appraisal guidelines page that outlined a rough point system for determining price. It had some decent logic... .com, single word, 5-8 characters, etc. It was the best I'd found. That page probably went *poof* a long time ago.

I found the remnants of it:

(edited by: rcjordan at 3:47 pm (gmt) on Aug. 19, 2001)


 2:45 pm on Aug 19, 2001 (gmt 0)

thanks rc... yeah I'm aware of their 4c... their model basically says unless you have a short, one word domain, they don't know how to accurately appraise your name:)

Personally, I think they are idiots ...had nothing but bad experiences with their appraisers, website, and customer support over the last 2 years. {2 years? ...heheeh who exactly is the idiot?:)}

...my shorter non-hyphenated appraisals are overvalued, and the hyphenated names get slammed... I guess they have no idea how to rank anything and therefore their model doesn't account for engine traffic... funny isn't it? Search engines move the biggest traffic and yet they are concerned with how your name sounds over the radio....

I guess their strategy is to get you to....
1.) spend a ton of money on some one word name on their site
2.) throw branding money at it
3.) go broke
4.) sell the name through their site again

...anyway, I'm putting together a VC proposal and wanted to get some kind of handle on what the goofballs thought of some names... unfortunately the results only show that they can only predict the obvious


 5:19 am on Aug 20, 2001 (gmt 0)

had nothing but bad experiences with [...] over the last 2 years

OK, so we all know you can't teach an old dog new tricks... are we to assume from this example that you can't break an old dog's bad habits either? ;)


 12:48 pm on Aug 20, 2001 (gmt 0)

re:bad habits

... you can't get rid of those.... that's all I have left:)

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