In a few weeks domain name investors from around the world will converge in Las Vegas for NamesCon, the largest event in the domain industry. One of the highlights of the conference is the live domain auction hosted by ROTD and pre-bidding has already started on NameJet, and like the title says, there are already six-figure bids.
If you’ve never been to a live domain auction I can tell you – it’s a rush that’s hard to explain, at least for a domain geek like me. Monte Cahn, one of the most respected domain industry veterans will be running the auction again this year and from what I’ve seen over the years, when Monte’s involved, a lot of the truly premium domains come out.
So I’m not incredibly surprised that we’re already starting to see six-figure bids come out in pre-bidding more than two weeks before the auction. The two domains with six-figure bids are:
Lucky.com – $501,000
Super.com – $127,000
Other notable domains with strong interest in the pre-bidding phase are: pen.com, profile.com, shock.com, price.com, stop.com, cork.com, and the list goes on. I think it’s safe to say that some of the best one-word .COMs out there are going to hit the open market during the live auction at NamesCon this year.
Given that last year even two-word .COMs like MyWorld.com broke the $1M mark I think it’s safe to say this is likely going to be one of the most exciting live auctions yet. As usual I’ve submitted a handful of names to the auction and I’ll be interested to see which ones make the cut.
One strange thing I’ve learned about myself is that for some reason, when I’m in a live auction I end up with a rum and coke in my hand. Honestly I pretty much never drink rum and coke, it’s one of my least favorite drinks, but years ago I started drinking them during live auctions and now it’s become a bit of a tradition. If any of my readers are going to be at NamesCon, feel free to join me for one, maybe you can start a new tradition yourself!
You can see the full list of domains in pre-bidding for the NamesCon auction here.