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WOW I cannot believe how good the outlook is on something that has lost a large percentage of its value the last 3+ years.
It used to be ANY decent "premium" LLL could be posted and sold on the forums for anywhere from $15-$30+K depending on things like repeat letters, A's etc. Thats NOT the case anymore, it is the much lower end now and I have seen several LLL I sold in the past resale the last 3 years for less because the market was hit hard with everything else, rare did not equate to valuable for a long time between 2008-2011, things have just started getting back up the last year.
So are they "safe" investments, sure but still open to devaluation due to economic climates like most everything else. There are always end user exception and the RARE reseller LLL resale for $15k+++ but few and far between since 2008.
But there is no question there is less liquidity than in past years. The D2D market in general is depressed. Not just for LLL.com. It's a buyers market.
You would think it is a buyers market but sellers, domainers or private citizens have yet to fully accept that a domain tha got $15k+++ offers now gets $9k when they sell.
I have passed on two decent LLL at $15k that have never been offered before because frankly it was an easy flip at $25k+ 4 years ago, today I would have to pray and fast to see $19k or even my initial investment.
They are still very liquid, just not as much liquid lol
If domainers want to see the market tighten up a bit, two things will have to happen...
1 - Domainers need to quit feeding the tld machine and focus on what is good and important to them.
2 - If half (a rough guestimate) of domains registered are held by domainers, and likely higher in lower tld's, then why the heck are buying everything for sale, if for the most part, we want coms, and to a lesser extent, nets and orgs, to succeed? It defeats the purpose, and every alternate tld registered just dilutes a little bit more the com reseller valuation. And even moreso to the end user.
Seems like every time a new tld comes out, there is a rush of drops and liquidation sales in a frenzied effort to raise funds for the next purchase.
And the only winners are the long-arm, long-term, deep-pocket, quiet buyers that just sit around and snag a little something here and there for down the road.
for those comin up, yeah they still want to have one in the sig or portfolio
but if you've owned some before, then the thrill may be gone....for that category
plus, some have been more risky to own if fearing a reverse jack'n
still, they do move, just all are not getting huge margins
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Premium LLL will continue to go up, the worst quality LLL's price will go down because recently's NameJet auctions. I love LLL and own like 100 of them, Love the liquidity.
It is very simple. The recession has eliminated many of the get rich quick domainers that are fuel for the LLL, CVCV, VCVC domain names that could be flipped for quick profits.