Donuts released over 200,000 two character domain names across all of its extensions in its Early Access Program (EAP) and we counted at least 20 registrations, on Day 1 although we are sure there are more.
The domains that were registered on day 1 ranged IMHO to great domains well with the money to domains I wouldn’t have registered in General Availability.
The wholesale cost for a EAP day 1 domain name registration is $10,000. The retail price varies by domain name registrar but seems to be as high as $12,500. Some of the domains names also carry a premium registration and renewal price in addition to the EAP price.
Here is what we found:
We counted at least 7 registrations by our new friend Ken Bramon of KB Productions who registered 15 .loans domains in day 1 of EAP a few weeks ago.
The public company JD.com bought at least two new gTLD’s including:
As for us we picked up just one of these domains, ad.agency which we originally had for day 2 of EAP but moved it up once Donuts put out a Facebook post highlighting what they thought were the best two letter domain names and put ad.agency on top, which was also our top pick, so we stepped up and grabbed it on day one.
We also like NY.city and QR.codes but were not willing to pay day 1 prices.
Tv.show is gone as well
I like we.care and we.insure.
Wecare, and we insure, have a ton of live trademarks registered against them.
This probably renders these domains useless based on those trademarks classes.
Total waste of money
Ny.Life created on 09/09/2015
Harry Shields says
Mike, I believe that you picked up the best one. Great pick!
Where do you register these domains? I went to donut.co and they say available but then redirect me back to the standard Godaddy and United domains website and it says domain is not available.
Chris Backe says
Try Uniregistry.com or Name.com. The latter has a great bulk search and EAP pricing if that’s your thing.
What is (wholesale and retail) pricing for Day2, Day3, …?
I like on.camera
Andee Hill says
@Jason, The domains need to be registered at the registrar. As a registry, Donuts does not sell the domains to the public. If the registrar indicates the domain is not available, it is most likely registered by another party. You can verify this by checking the public whois record. If you find a name that you want that does not have a public whois record and the registrar states it is unavailable, I can verify it for you. Andee @ Donuts.Email
Andee Hill says
@Peter, only the retail pricing is published and it varies per domain/extension.
Which registrar published pricing for days ahead? None. It’s shame we cannot see pricing. Example: uniregistry.com just check the name and shows current price. No information what is a renewal cost, no information what pricing would be for other days.
Andee Hill says
@Peter, most publish the price. Check https://www.name.com/eap/
The following article also references how the EAP is priced, http://onlinedomain.com/2015/09/09/news/donuts-releases-over-200000-two-character-domain-names/#comments
@Andre, click on your name.com link above and enter 88.porn – nothing. Then try the same with Uniregistry.com or 101Domain.com.
Sorry for misspelling your name, @Andee.
I know .porn is not your extension, so it may not be relevant to you, but I am talking about new gTLDs – it’s a mess.
@Andee, check availability of 88.company with Name.com – and YES, it’s your (Donuts) extension ?
@Peter visit Hexonet(.)net
@Filiberto, thanks for the information.
They are one of better ones, but still far from great. For example 88.porn is impossible to register there due to “Domain has too few chars” error, but Uniregistry.com and some other registrars allow to register it.
If you search multiples, the price (and renewal fee) will be in the cart at Uniregistry
Why renewal prices are not shown for simple queries?
Hs / sf football were not EAP. Those were about $100 each I think.
Here’s some more day 1 or 2 (mostly day 1) from KB productions:
VC.fund also went day 1 and NY.city was the first of all the names taken.
you mentioned 20 domains. However exactly 58 domains were registered on day 1. You can get the names in domaining.pro and check it in the whois.
Here is the list.