Newer Domain Name Auction Platforms like AuctionPus, haven’t taken off

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Media sales prices of $500, a goal by Andrei Polgar the founder of AuctionPus, have proven to be elusive in 2010, even with Bido shutting its doors

Have you looked around lately at the newer domain name auction platforms? What happened? 

The lifespan is shorter these days for smaller domain auction websites that try to launch amongst the big auction houses like Sedo. 

Since Bido closed down in May this year, the startup that was funded by Sahar Sarid who is well-respected within the Domain community, hasn’t come back online — despite being put up for sale months ago.

The Low Quality Domain Stigma

Nothing gives life to an auction like a premium domain name and low asking prices, and few auction websites are willing to implement the strategy.

Even sites like GreatDomains who run monthly premium domain auctions, can’t seem to keep a quality inventory month to month, especially an inventory with attractive pricing.

Bargain Domains

Francois Carrillo’s BargainDomains.com might do the best job at listing domain names cheaper than they should be. 

To submit domains for sale, domains must appraise at least $250 to even be considered.  This strategy immediately helps to eliminate the poor quality domain names, and it forces sellers to list their names at bargain prices – a bonus for prospective buyers on the hunt for deals.

AuctionPus

The still-new AuctionPus.com launched by Andrei Polgar, promised no more crappy domains for sale, a problem that plagued Bido’s platform where names like GlassesFreeTV.net were listed for sale at $1,199.

While many web sites promise change, it’s hard to deliver. 

AuctionPus has noted a slowdown.  Though Andrei Polgar is very familiar with Domain Investors and he has had success with other ventures, AuctionPus has yet to be one of them.  Though names are displayed on the website daily, you’ll be hard pressed to visit the website and see a name with a bid.

Given the ease of starting a website these days, the difficulty lies in the business model and differentiating yourself. 

While domain name auctions (both online and offline) have drawn a large number of critics in 2009 and 2010, it is still nice to see startups giving it a shot in hopes of creating the winning formula.

3 comments
Fusible.com
Fusible.com

Glad to hear Auctionpus is here to stay.  We appreciate you commenting and providing more details.  Keep us updated on things.

Snoopy
Snoopy

None of these venues offer anything revolutionary, why would a domainer even try one of these when they could use Sedo and get decent promotion and a far better result? 

Andrei
Andrei

As far as Auctionpus.com is concerned, I'm letting word of mouth advertising do its thing. Let's face it: auction sites focus on the reseller market and they will ultimately be judged based on how good the flipping opportunities are. For example, someone who bought a $500 domain from us flipped it for $900 less than a month after purchasing it. He posted about his experience on a well-known forum and it's posts like that one which make buyers realize that checking out our inventory each day is definitely worth it. Since we're only auctioning 8 domains per day, analyzing our daily list of domains will take less than a minute (literally). Sustainability, that's where it's at and let's just say that Auctionpus.com is here to stay :)