One Character New gTLDs: All Hell Broke Loose

Aaron Stong made a comment today at DomainInvesting.com about buying x.ventures and then all hell broke loose. While in the previous 10 days only 20 one character New gTLD domain names had been registered in the next few hours after that comment 42 domains were registered (most from domainers) such as:
C.ventures
X.holdings
W.singles

Of course a few were bought by domainer broggers:

Elliot Silver:
N.holdings
N.ventures
G.holdings

Adam Dicker:
Y.singles

Michael Berkens:
H.clothing
F.ventures
U.ventures
Z.clothing
J.ventures

Mark Hershiser:
Z.singles
D.singles
V.ventures

I didn’t get any. I was too late and even if I could register a few, the $230/$399 renewal fee seems a bit high to me.

18 of the domains are already parked at DomainNameSales.com.
All domains have been registered at Go Daddy, Enom and Dynadot.
There was not much interest in the .plumbing domains so most are still available.

Still available to register:
X.singles
B.bike
J.clothing (Page Howe)
R.clothing (Page Howe)
Y.clothing
A.plumbing
I.plumbing
J.plumbing
L.plumbing
M.plumbing
N.plumbing
O.plumbing
Q.plumbing
U.plumbing
V.plumbing
W.plumbing
X.plumbing
Y.plumbing
Z.plumbing
F.plumbing
G.plumbing

Sample prices:

Go Daddy pricing:
X.singles $1,499.99
B.bike $399.99
R.clothing $399.99

Dynadot pricing:
X.singles $920.00
B.bike $230.00
R.clothing $230.00

(Please note that these registration prices will also probably be the renewal prices as well.)

Sold.Domains

About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He loves domains and building websites. He is online since 1995, learned about html in 1996 and got into domains in 2002. He started the OnlineDomain.com blog in 2012.

7 comments

  1. *

    Thank you, but no thanks.

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  2. Oh My God
    What garbage

  3. Tried a few 2L combinations at the launch day and noticed they didn’t work (all reserved I think) so I assumed logically 1L wouldn’t work as well but for some bizarre reason it was impossible to reg 2L domains in the new gTLDs but 1L domains were fine (if you were fast enough). Maybe it’s a glitch and those buyers will be refunded soon.

  4. In accordance with Specification 5 of new gTLD Agreement, all two-character domain names remain reserved.

  5. Predictably, the new extensions are being scalped by domainers while the end users are nowhere to be seen. Go figure.

  6. Many of the new TLDs are being promoted as a means to obtain a meaningful keyword when you cannot do so in .COM. Now if domain speculators buy up all the good keywords in these extensions as well, what do you think a small businessperson looking for a relevant domain will do? If they don’t want to pay thousands of dollars for a relevant .COM domain, they surely won’t be paying thousands of dollars for a relevant .whatever. My guess is they end up regging a three or four-word .COM. Where does that leave those who invested money into these new extensions with the intent of an eventual resale?

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