Thursday, June 10, 2010

TRAFFIC Vancouver .CA auction results

TRAFFIC Vancouver is getting good reviews from all the domain bloggers who've been reporting back on the show. I am looking forward to reading the post-show review that will be at

Yesterday they held the .ca auction, and today will be the main auction, followed by the online auction that occurs after each show.

Here are the domains that sold in the .ca auction yesterday: - $9,000 - $500 - $20,000 - $400 - $2,800 - $1,500

(1) Lot of 50's - $1,300

(2) Lot of 50's - $1,200

(3) Lot of 50's - $1,100

Lot of 500's - $4,500 and went for lower prices than I would have expected, so good deals for the buyers. The's were also good deals, although when the domains are transferred to the new owners, they will have to pay a registrant fee of about $10 per domain (which also extends the renewal period by one year). For a 50 domain lot this is an extra $500, for a 500 domain lot it's an extra $5,000.

There were a few domains listed in the auction, mostly with Vancouver or Canada related keywords. Surrey is a city located beside Vancouver that is large and growing in population (over 400,000 people), so it was not surprising to see this .com domain sell. Perhaps it was bought by Kevin Ham, who owns the city portal website. Owning would give him the second largest city Geo .com domain in the Lower Mainland of BC. sales: - $195,000 - $1,000

Ron Jackson at DNJournal has a nice write up on day 2 of the TRAFFIC show, including comments on CIRA and the .ca auction:

The main TRAFFIC auction starts at 3:45 PST today, and there will be more .ca domains in that auction.


Wednesday, June 2, 2010 sells for $400,000 at Auction

I saw it reported on a domain blog this morning that the domain name sold for $400,000 US at the iGambling auction.

To my knowledge, this is the second highest known .ca sale ever, the highest sale was which sold for $600,000 (and reportedly came with a decent amount of type in traffic). I'm sure also gets it's share of type in traffic from poker lovers across Canada.

As to the identity of the domain buyer, I haven't seen that yet. My guess is it was the entertainment and lifestyle company Bodog, whose owner Calvin Ayre is Canadian. Bodog recently bought the domain for over $5 million dollars, so perhaps they are in the market for premium gambling domains. Whoever it was, I'm sure the owner will be revealed in time.

The sales report is due out tomorrow, one day behind due to the Monday holiday in the US. Perhaps we will see some more .ca domain sales. The TRAFFIC Vancouver show takes place next week and will feature a domain auction for .ca's only.

Check out today's domain deals at Godaddy!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Win a Vancouver TRAFFIC ticket at Auction

The website is auctioning off a ticket to TRAFFIC, and the current bid is only 5 cents with just under two days to go. The auction ends June 3 at 6:30pm PST.

You can also use a buy it now feature to just purchase a ticket for $1150 Cdn, which is still less than the ticket value.

Penny Auction uses a format where you have to buy bids to place a bid, you can see it explained on their website, but it can make an auction more interesting in the final minutes.

If you use the coupon code "rob" when buying a bid pack, it will double the amount of bids you get.

Also on auction are a couple of three letter .ca's, currently the bids are still in the pennies:

Good luck if you decide to bid.