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1-char domains resale value grows 238% since 2013

Kassel, 01.12.2016

Investment in 1-character short domains proved to be a good opportunity. Analysing the 1-single-letter-domains.com sales, that belong to the lowest price sales segment for this assets (so called fast-flips) the average domain value grew by 238% from the year 2013. The strongest growth by value can be seen 2016. This trend shown in the providers own data seem also to be backed by other numbers like auction sales on Flippa where many domains get sold currently at prices around 2500$.

An increased interest in China 2016 lead to a situation where prices for 1-number domains outperformed the prices of 1-letters, what was the opposite until now.

Real 1-character short ccTDL domains are very rare - 1-single-letter-domains.com estimates less than 2500 of this shortest-type domains worldwide. Each country can offer only 36 such domains but most countries are blocking the possibility of registration. The domains can also have interesting technological advantages. Twitter for example uses T.CO for making a shorter link. Also available domains currently get bought out within seconds when getting free to the market. This year some of worlds biggest tech companies bought 1-chars. There are speculations if they are planning to use it for some new kind of services (read more about here).

Our numbers do only list domain sales up to 5000 USD/domain not including exceptional sales that we filtered out. For example our sale of I.NF at over 9000$ in this year has not been listed in the 2016 results. Also for 2016 the report lists only sales until July 2016. We expect an updated report with full 2016 data will correct the current value even stronger upwards.
The figures show only sales of worlds shortest format ccTLD 1-char domains like X.GL, not the new nTLD domains like 1.XYZ.


One character domains 238% growth since 2013



Year domains average rise average domain price (USD)
2013 7 - 554
2014 6 +58% 880
2015 12 +17% 1036
2016 3 +81% 1876


Interesting is also to compare other domain sales from the opposite side - the highest sales. Below table presents the 5 highest ccTLD sales according to DNJournal.com:

2015 2016
		U.IS	14700
		I.LA	19900
		J.DE	24640
		X.DE	40000
		8.CO	115000
		
		1.AT	27568
		9.HN	43204
		7.GG	44145
		C.AT	59360
		C.GL	85000
		
average 42848 $ average 51855 $
mixed with nTLDs
		U.IS	14700
		I.LA	19900
		J.DE	24640
		X.DE	40000
		8.CO	115000
		C.CLUB	50000
		Y.TOP	78500
		8.TOP	79000
		M.TOP	93600
		6.TOP	93600
		6.XYZ	125000
		
		1.AT	27568
		9.HN	43204
		7.GG	44145
		C.AT	59360
		C.GL	85000
		1.XYZ	181720
		9.XYZ	170250
		S.CLUB	37984
		F.CLUB	15455
		8.LINK	14500
		
average 66721 $ average 67918 $


The results show that more ccTLD 1-char domains reached the 20.000 USD level 2016 and performed strong. If we consider the 8.CO as an exceptional sale because of its ".com alternative" popularity combined with an "8" (Chinese lucky number) the difference would be here even stronger. Though if results were mixed with the new nTLDs 2015 top 10 sales would only be little lower due to some very high .TOP sales 2015. Surprisingly some nTLD 1-chars reached very high prices 2016. Still one needs to keep in mind the much bigger open market, often used high premium renewals for nTLD 1-chars and the tons of nTLD 1-chars selling at very low value like 99$ on auctions. This makes investing in that domains less predictable than the shortest very rare and exclusive ccTLDs. Also the technological advantages of having worlds shortest domain do not apply to nTLDs.

By the way the highest sale value ever that we know about has been Z.com that sold at   6.800.000 USD.   Because of the unique position of .com and the fact that no new registrations of 1-char .com are possible this prove to be an excellent asset.

(JBS)

External sources: http://dnjournal.com/ytd-sales-charts.htm , http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/2015-top-100-sales-charts.htm




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