If you view domain purchases or registrations like lottery tickets, then expect to lose money as you would with other forms of gambling. With rare exceptions, the days of easy money are history. There is no substitute for observing and understanding the market, then making reasoned decisions. To see a financial return from domains you need to find buyers, willing to pay a significant margin (profit) over and above your total costs. DomainLore is a convenient market to buy domains, with regular sales and no negotiation. An arduous alternative is to track down unused domains (not held by resellers) and try to buy them. Customers (end users) are elusive and hard to find. A good domain with parking page will attract enquiries over time, but it may take months or years to manage a sale. Buying a domain with defined target market (customers) followed by active marketing can achieve a quick turnaraound, and healthy profit. Admin demonstrated this recently turning a £50 DL purchase into a four figure sale, the next day. http://www.acorndomains.co.uk/threads/plenty-of-business-to-be-done.142332/ There are rewards for experience, effort and risk.