buying .net and .org domains

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Hello guys:

I recently got hold of a list of domains which sold for average 50K each. All were .coms. However, I ran a bulk search and found that some domains had .net and .org available. So, is it worth buying them and selling later for even a fraction of the original .coms which went for average 50K?
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  • Profile picture of the author Joey Starkey
    I have sold a lot of domains but I've never made any money on .org or.net. .com will always be king.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronnieavelino
    Originally Posted by macmani View Post

    Hello guys:

    I recently got hold of a list of domains which sold for average 50K each. All were .coms. However, I ran a bulk search and found that some domains had .net and .org available. So, is it worth buying them and selling later for even a fraction of the original .coms which went for average 50K?
    If the .net and .org is worht 12 usd and above it will not hurt you to buy it You just have to keep it or include it in the package for selling the .com domain.

    Ronnie
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by macmani View Post

    is it worth buying them and selling later for even a fraction of the original .coms which went for average 50K?
    With one exception, which was a brilliant, high-search, niche keyword, I think I've only ever sold .org's and .net's "in a package" with the .com.

    It's not easy to answer your question without knowing more.

    Specifically, there could be a lot of issues involved here, if you were planning to re-sell the domain-names to the owner of the .com (which is why it would help to know if others would be interested, or if these names are of potential value only to the owner of the .com).

    One question might be whether they'd want them, if they haven't already registered them?

    And then there's the potential trademark issue, of course: be aware (if you weren't) that a trademark doesn't necessarily have to be registered, and can be held to exist "constructively", if the .com-owner can show "established usage", and so on. You wouldn't want to end up in a cyber-squatting argument? (I'm not a lawyer).
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  • Profile picture of the author saji80
    I would suggest to buy them if you have some cash to spare. Later you can sell them as a group.
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  • Profile picture of the author gabibeowulf
    Unless the keyword is not a premium one, they are useless. Example of premium domain names: sex.net/org ; forex.net/org ; dating.net/org .. etc. You get the picture.

    Of course, that's only a personal opinion. You should try selling a couple of them and see if it's a viable business model.. or not.

    - Gabriel
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  • Profile picture of the author FantaMan
    Totally depends on the type of business they are and the market. i.e for charities then of course these are valuable domains. But would reed.co.uk really care if you owned the .org?
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  • Profile picture of the author WeavingThoughts
    If .com fetched $50k then .net/.org are likely to fetch $500-2500+ each.

    .net/.org can easily sell for 1/100th to 1/10th the price of a .com.

    I assume that they are single word generic keywords and have no trademarks.

    Besides, selling domains above $250 is tough, and very tough above $500. And selling .org/.net becomes 10x tougher.
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    • Profile picture of the author daj
      Check out and study NameBio.com & DnSalePrice.com to see the number of .net/.org domains that have sold over the years. If a .com sold for $50k+ and the .net/.org are still available to be registered I'd be quite surprised. Perhaps the bulk tool you used to see what was available is wrong?
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      Originally Posted by WeavingThoughts View Post

      If .com fetched $50k then .net/.org are likely to fetch $500-2500+ each.
      This logic defies explanation. If it were true, don't you think all the available .net and .org names would quickly be scarfed up? How amazingly easy it would be to simply spend $10 to make $2500!

      Those names haven't been registered yet for a good reason. The names themselves mean nothing - there is no intrinsic worth. I'd like to have one dollar for every domain name that has ever been purchased because of its "potential."

      I'm betting 99%+ of those domains lapsed without ever making a dollar for their owners. In fact, many still sit in limbo after the owner has paid years and years of annual registration fees.

      Value is only created in those domains as it is developed and added by the owner over time. As has been mentioned already, trademark issues and the lower level status of .net and .org make buying such names a very questionable tactic.

      If you purchase one with a plan to monetize it very soon by developing the attending web site, that's one thing. But to buy these kinds of domains with the thought of easy flipping profits due to unrecognized hidden value - I think that's a whole lot of wishing.

      If wishes were fishes
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      If biscuits were horse poop,
      We'd eat 'til we die.

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  • Profile picture of the author MYDCOM
    If someone bought a domain for 50k. And if they see that the .net and .org are still available, I don't see why they wouldn't spend another $20 to register them.

    I think its worth to buy .net and .org version if they are not trademarked and are descent keywords. I wouldn't mess with the brandables though because those can be tricky.
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  • Profile picture of the author kakucis
    Just to buy those .org and .net domain names and develop them is a good idea but just buy them and hope to sell them someday is ridiculous.

    - First of all owner of .com can establish this domain name as a brand and .org .net will face problems with copyrights.
    - No one is looking to buy .org/net domain name for his company without owning .com

    The only good reason to buy .org/net is when it is good keyword domain but you will never sell it further for decent price.
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  • Profile picture of the author WeavingThoughts
    If a .com is worth $50k then you won't even find a .us or .in for it. Leave alone .org or .net.

    And the stat I gave is from a journal/directory of experienced domainers who deal in volume sales. So I know what I am talking about from a domainer's perspective.
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