Short is still beautiful!

The 2011 resale domain market study according to Sedo  was published pdf  today.

There was a total of 39,951 (43,499) sales with revenues of $84.4m ($101.4m) that’s an average price of  $2.1k ($2.3k). The highest value sale was at $2.5m and there were, appropriately, two 2 character domains in the top 10 – at $850,000 and at $500,000.

The most common character length of domain sale was 8 but whilst not provided we guess from their volumes graph that the highest average price was likely 2 characters as (by inspection) the average price could have been approaching $10,000. And as for 1 character domains……

Included by Sedo is an interesting price index for internet domain names (IDNX)  both as a total and also by certain tld’s which is compiled by Thies Lindenthal  which we intend returning to later. .uk’s don’t show up well due to a steep decline in average sales prices over the last three years.

Continuing with the short character theme we were interested to see that DomainAdvisors  in a Press Release  announced that they are “exclusively representing an impressive list of rare two-letter .com domain names including,,,,, and” and went on to say  “While it is widely believed that the domains and have been the highest domain sales, many prominent two-letter domains have been sold via non-disclosed transactions.” Said President of DomainAdvisors, Jeffrey M. Gabriel. Reported two-letter .com sales include for $186,000, for $500,000, selling to Yellow Pages for $3,850,000 and which sold for $8,500,000 to Facebook.

And as for 1 character domains ……..

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