brokerage and consultancy GGRG.com
released their latest free
quarterly report (.PDF
file) breaking down aftermarket
sales of "liquid domain
names" (short .com
domains consisting of all letters
(L) or all numbers (N) that are
relatively easy to sell at
prevailing market prices). The new
report (.pdf file),
covering the first quarter of
2017, got a huge boost from the
inclusion of sales data from Escrow.com
for the first time - $16 million
worth that triples the size of
GGRG's data set when combined with
$8 million from ShortNames.com.
report noted, "For the third consecutive quarter,
China was the largest net gainer of liquid domains names by adding almost 7,000 domains, nearly1.2% of the entire liquid market. In contrast,
Europe and the U.S. stayed stable, with the rest of the world
suffering the largest reduction,
losing 10,000 domains.
China keeps leading the numeric domain categories (2N, 3N, 4N and 5N), while
the US leads only in the 2L and 3L space with
over 50% of the domain registrations."
numbers could change drastically
over the next few years though.
Graziano said that if the current
movement trend continues, China will
likely own over 50% of the entire liquid
market by 2020.
Founder Giuseppe Graziano
respect to transaction volume and
prices GGRG reported, "the
total number of transactions across categories actually
decreased by 23.5%, from 5,455 to 4,173.
The floor prices stayed stable, but we did evidence a further single digit decrease in the value of 4L and 5N .com domains, namely the
most traded categories, losing on average 8% each."
ahead, the GGRG forecast said,
"The trend inversion in the development index might suggests that the price of liquid domain might be starting to become attractive
again for end users. It is interesting to note that we are not seeing large losses on the
floor prices. As predicted in our prior reports,
however, we are seeing a decrease in values for the more expensive "Chinese Premium" domains. Especially the
3L .com domains which lost almost
50% from their peak and are now trading at values closer to the "Western Premium" 3L domains."
is much more detailed
information breaking down
each category of liquid
domains that you can review
in the full
yet, if you will be at next
conference in Berlin,
you can get more insight
directly from Giuseppe. He
will be speaking on Monday
(May 15) in one of the featured
panel discussions starting
at 3pm local time. I will
also be in Berlin to cover
the show for you and will
have daily photos and
highlights in this column.