Aftermarket domain sales at plummet in Q3

Sales drop but company sees hope on the horizon.

Chart showing sales at by quarter, including a drop to $75M in Q3 2022
Domain sales fell sharply at last quarter. released its Q3 Domain Investment Index (pdf) today, revealing a sharp drop in domain sales in the quarter.

Sales were $75 million in the quarter, down 28% compared to Q3 2021. It was the worst quarter for domain sales at since Q2 2020, which is when the market halted due to the pandemic.

However, there’s is some good news. In a release accompanying the report, Chief Executive Matt Barrie said, “Domain sales have shot back up strongly in October with significant sales in the first two weeks of the month. The decrease in Q3 sales can almost all be attributed to a drop in multi-million dollar mega domain name transactions, which have been a result of the recent crypto crash and tech wreck.”

So there’s been a rebound, and unless you were dealing with very high end domains, your results are probably better than the drop experienced.

And the trailing 12 months’ sales at are up compared to the previous 12 months.

In other news, former GM Jackson has left the company.

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