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Folks who depend on parking PPC income to sustain their domaining habit are likely feeling the pinch of lowered PPC incomes, due to smartpricing, housecleaning by parking companies, etc.
I suspect that there may be domains that, a year or two ago, some domainers wouldn't have sold for less than $2-3,000 that may be purchased - today - for hundreds of dollars in come cases.
Do you think that the time between now and the next gTLD price hike for .Com in the Fall might present some buying opportunities?
What about in the higher end domain market - the $10K-$50K+ value domain range? Do you think there may be some buying opportunities as "lifestyle needs" may demand that some sales be made to sustain those lifestyles?
Will opportunity knock in 2008 for those sitting on a bit of cash? I vaguely recall going on a successful buying spree in 2002-2004 as the deflated .Com bubble caused many to question their domain investing.
Are you "cash ready"?
Do you see what I see?
Or am I a loon?
[edited by: Webwork at 7:25 pm (utc) on May 26, 2008]
People with top tier domains still have stars in their eyes and have no desire to lower prices.
People with PPC-based domains are getting hit hard by the falling PPC prices. If you want to buy domains and use them for something other than PPC - yeah the time right now is pretty decent. If you want to stick with PPC? Hell no :)
And yes, buy to develop and diversify. ;)
Like that class defining name you pickup up the other day ;)
Do you see what I see?I've been working on a historical domain transaction database (new registrations/deletions/transfers over com/net/org/biz/info/ie/eu etc) going back to 2000. And the trends are clear. With the advent of domain/drop tasting, the natural ebb and flow patterns become rapidly screwed up from about 2003 onwards. (It looks like a system destabilising.) The effect has created an artificial market where good domains are seemingly high priced and free market competition is closed off by the drop tasters creating an oligarchy. If, and it is a big if, ICANN actually does impose a 'restocking' fee then the market will move back to a more open, free, state. This will collapse the value of much of the multiple keyword domains that have been selling at ridiculously high prices for the last few years. It may also trigger a collapse in the value of geo type domains. The generics may retain their value but I'm still not sure how the valuations of domains will change. I think that the domaining industry is hurtling on at full speed like the Titanic, obvlivious to the rapid changes that will occur in the next three months.