Good question... I dunno what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I find an answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably can answer it..
That $24,000 includes a lot of trash. The fact that the supply is low and demand is high means prices inflate. However, these inflated prices are from resellers and wholesale domainers like us... who are buying at greater prices because of speculation that prices will increase (so we can profit). B.
Unfortunately, these resellers will be hard pressed to sell XQV.info to anyone... except perhaps another reseller who is praying this LLL.extension craze will net them a nice profit..
Just my two sense but, my approach has always been to reg names with a clearly identifiable end user. I'm no expert but that's my two sense..
.info has run out now!.
Personally, I think that the .net and .org will be quick to follow...
How do you know the .info has run out?..
All the premuims are gone...I believe ONLY the .com will really bring a substancial return,,The .net will get some attention...org and .info I don't think will pull much weight...
3 people from the thread below verify this. I'm assuming that they are correct..
Latest check ~930 3-character.net domains left...
Very interesting idea. But it's costs a lot of money..
Perhaps, if the overall HostGator market continues to advance..
Just because it has been that way in the past does not assure the future..
I do agree that there are not a lot of end users in the 3 character market - some, but not a lot. But the LLL market is not a whole lot better..
All those names would quicky oversaturate the market on eBay. Ideal would be to "corner" a market segment then hold them back and promote how rare they are...
I'm not talking about a huge profit but if you buy .org domains for $1.59, you should be able to sell them for $3.18, 6 months after they run out. Your right, there probably are better strategies than just selling them on ebay 6 months after purchasing them...
I would agree that, in the end, supply and demand will be the determinants. So far, the ride has been a good one..
That having been said, this quote by John Kenneth Galbraith from his book "A Short History of Financial Euphoria" should not be ignored:.
"Anyone taken as an individual is tolerably sensible and reasonable…as a member of a crowd, he at once becomes a blockhead." …Friedrich Von Schiller, As quoted by Bernard Baruch.
That the free-enterprise economy is given to recurrent episodes of speculation will be agreed. Thesegreat events and small, involving bank notes, securities, real estate, art and other assets or objectsare, over the years and centuries, part of history. What have not been sufficiently analyzed are the features common to these episodes, the things that signal their certain return and have thus the considerable practical value of aiding understanding and prediction. Regulation and more orthodox economic knowledge are not what protect the individual and the financial institution when euphoria returns, leading on as it does to wonder at the increase in values and wealth, to the rush to participate that drives up prices, and to the eventual crash and it's sullen and painful aftermath. There is protection only in a clear perception of the characteristics common to these flights into what must conservatively be described as mass insanity. Only then is the investor warned and saved..
There are, however, few matters on which such a warning is less welcomed. In the short run, it will be said to be an attack, motivated by either deficient understanding or uncontrolled envy, on the wonderful process of enrichment. More durably, it will be thought to demonstrate a lack of faith in the inherent wisdom of the market itself..
The more obvious features of the speculative episode are manifestly clear to anyone open to understanding. Some artifact or some development, seemingly new and desirabletulips in Holland, gold in Louisiana, real estate in Florida, the superb economic designs of Ronald Reagancaptures the financial mind or perhaps, more accurately, what so passes. The price of the object of speculation goes up. Securities, land, objets d'art, and other property, when bought today, are worth more tomorrow. This increase and the prospect attract new buyers; the new buyers assure a further increase. Yet more are attracted; yet more buy; the increase continues.
This process, once it is recognized, is clearly evident, and especially so after the fact. So also, if more subjectively, are the basic attitudes of the participants. These take two forms. There are those who are persuaded that some new price-enhancing circumstance is in control, and they expect the market to stay up and go up, perhaps indefinitely. It is adjusting to a new situation, a new world of greatly, even infinitely increasing returns and resulting values. Then there are those, superficially more astute and generally fewer in number, who perceive or believe themselves to perceive the speculative mood of the moment.
They will get the maximum reward from the increase as it continues; they will be out before the eventual fall..
For built into this situation is the eventual and inevitable fall. Built in also is the circumstance that it cannot come gently or gradually. When it comes, it bears the grim face of disaster. That is because both of the groups of participants in the speculative situation are programmed for sudden efforts at escape. Something, it matters little whatalthough it will always be much debatedtriggers the ultimate reversal. Those who had been riding the upward wave decide now is the time to get out.
Thus the collapse. And thus the rule, supported by the experience of centuries: the speculative episode always ends not with a whimper but with a bang. There will be occasion to see the operation of this rule frequently repeated..
So much, as I've said, is clear. Less understood is the mass psychology of the speculative mood. When it is fully comprehended, it allows those so favored to save themselves from disaster. Given the pressure of this crowd psychology, however, the saved will be the exception to a very broad and binding rule. They will be required to resist two compelling forces: one, the powerful personal interest that develops in the euphoric belief, and the other, the pressure of public and seemingly superior financial opinion that is brought to bear on behalf of such belief. Both stand as proof of Schiller's dictum that the crowd converts the individual from reasonably good sense to the stupidity against which, as he also said, "the very Gods Themselves contend in vain.".
Although only a few observers have noted the vested interest in error that accompanies speculative euphoria, it is, nonetheless, an extremely plausible phenomenon. Those involved with the speculation are experiencing an increase in wealthgetting rich or being further enriched. No one wishes to believe that this is fortuitous or undeserved; all wish to think that it is the result of their own superior insight or intuition. The very increase in values thus captures the thoughts and minds of those being rewarded. Speculation buys up, in a very practical way, the intelligence of those involved..
This is particularly true of the first group noted abovethose who are convinced that values are going up permanently and indefinitely. But the errors of vanity of those who think they will beat the speculative game are also thus reinforced. As long as they are in, they have a strong pecuniary commitment to belief in the unique personal intelligence that tells them there will be yet more. In the last century, one of the most astute observers of the euphoric episodes common to those years was Walter Bagehot, financial writer and early editor of The Economist. To him we are indebted for the observation that "all people are most credulous when they are most happy.".
Respectfully to all of you.
Given that this is a roller-coaster..
How to know where we are on the ride???.
When it starts getting silly..
When wealthy folks show up frequently on this forum buying nearly everything they see..
VURG started this thread with a question about a reasonable and obvious speculation costing about $24,000. That nobody has yet picked up..
People that is pocket change..
When you see a number of questionable buys in the $$$,$$$ - $$,$$$,$$$ range start looking for the exits..
- JMHO, of course...
Say I have a fixed $24K to spend. Which one of the following would give me better return.
1. 3char .info.
You can't buy unregistered 3 character .info domains and those who have them probably want over $4 per HostGator and so I'd rather spend $24K on LLLL.com than CCC.info..
If you are buying bulk you could probably negotiate down to $5.50 for the first year for your $10000+ order of .com domains with at least one HostGator registrar..
With ResellerClub the .org domains are $1.50..
(Only for Asian, African and South American markets).
For the same price you could get:.
10000 CCC.ORG domains.
Or 3000 LLLL.COM domains.
10000 CCC.ORG domains is a safer gamble than 3000 LLLL.com domains but it is a gamble...
Per VURG's request (Thank you VURG), I'd like to offer some comment to this tread (which is based on a very interesting premise)..
It won't take much to see the remaining CCC.net and CCC.org domains all get registered. Their numbers of available remaining CCC domains in these extensions have been decreasing rapidly over the last year, and all that really does stand between a buyout and this moment is a risk taker (or group of risk takers) to buy the low number of remaining CCC domains in those extensions..
This said, we've all seen how LLL.us has taken off in the recent year. This wasn't at first the case when all the LLL.us domains were bought out in June 2004. By June/July 2005, many of the LLL.us domains went unrenewed and were dropped (thus the first buyout didn't hold). This put a flux of LLL.us domains back on the market (for hand reg) and thus reduced the prices temporarily. The LLL.us buyout happened again last Fall (2005) and since then the rise in LLL.us domains has been quite strong (if not incredibly strong)...due in large part to the stronger backing of the larger LLL.us major players/owners..
The days of available hand reg CCC.net and CCC.org domains are coming to an end...it's really inevitable. I wouldn't be surprised if a risk-taker individual (elequa type investor) or group buys the remaining supply over the next few months..
Do bear in mind that buyouts hold best when big money is behind them. Renewal fees hit every year and if the renewal cost is a large percentage of the value of the domains, many small players will not renew their domains and the buyout may not hold..
This said, however the next few months and year ahead should fall-out, There is no doubt in my mind that someday we will marvel about how we could have still hand regged (today) CCC.nets, .orgs, .infos, bizs and .us's - as I see them all bought out in time. The big question is when and who!.
I agree that they will probably all get bought out soon, perhaps even by the end of the year, but personally I think three characater domains of any extention are overrated. With LLL you have a lot of acronyms, and there is a very small number of these domains in total. However with CCC, there are a few premium combinations, but then you get something like zq9.info, and I personally can't see any development oppertunity in that. Now you can argue ZQV.info is hard to develop as well, and I would agree with that, but once again there is a much greater development/collector's value to LLL than CCC IMHO..
CCC.INFO ran out in August.
CCC.NET ran out in September (today).
Will CCC.ORG run out in October???.
We will see...